Jim Feeley

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  1. This will solve all of my location-sound problems. I am giddy. With anticipation. A new listening experience The Atari Speakerhat is a baseball-style cap with high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device. More info (and a chance to register to win one, I think...) http://www.atarilife.com/index.html
  2. Oh it's totally clever, and I'd like to check one out. But it's possible to be goofy and clever at the same time.
  3. Summary: "I choose to define 'Hippie' in a particular manner and use trailing-edge usage tracking (i.e.- books vs people on the street) to prove that 'Hippies' don't fit my particular definition." Sheesh. And I'm a guy who spent a whole lot of my life pushing back against overreaching hippie mythology. He starts to point at something useful and then runs around like a squirrel that drank too much coffee. His book, “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs,” sounds interesting. But after reading that article, I'm less interested in his take.
  4. Samy's in SF has lots of stuff for stills, but doesn't have tons of cases, or much pro audio/video in stock.
  5. Not much in the way of audio & video dealers around here (SF Bay Area).... I mean, there are drop-ship VARs, but not really much straight-up retail. Bummer, but sure makes boards like this more valuable...
  6. A friend bought a 1615 Air for his LED lights. Mostly a nice case with wheels, light, etc. But the center of the lid seems WAY more flexible than on the non-Air 1650s I've come across. Flexy enough that he wonders a bit about protection if something heavy gets tossed on top of the box. No big deal in and out of our vehicles, but handing off to someone else to ship or carry? So I'd say it's definitely something you'd want to check out yourself if you can. But as you say, not sure where in SF to look...maybe a friendly rental house? Maybe Samy's in SF?
  7. [Interesting article from The New Yorker. Medium length by their standards; perhaps a 20 to 30-minute read. Because of the length, I'll include the whole five-paragraph anecdotal lede... an interesting article; I knew some of this stuff but not all of it. Check it out. -Jim] DEPT. OF AUDIOLOGY APRIL 3, 2017 ISSUE HIGH-TECH HOPE FOR THE HARD OF HEARING Scientists searching for ways to restore hearing have been making a number of promising discoveries. By David Owen When my mother’s mother was in her early twenties, a century ago, a suitor took her duck hunting in a rowboat on a lake near Austin, Texas, where she grew up. He steadied his shotgun by resting the barrel on her right shoulder—she was sitting in the bow—and when he fired he not only missed the duck but also permanently damaged her hearing, especially on that side. The loss became more severe as she got older, and by the time I was in college she was having serious trouble with telephones. (“I’m glad it’s not raining! ” I’d shout, for the third or fourth time, while my roommates snickered.) Her deafness probably contributed to one of her many eccentricities: ending phone conversations by suddenly hanging up. I’m a grandparent myself now, and lots of people I know have hearing problems. A guy I played golf with last year came close to making a hole in one, then complained that no one in our foursome had complimented him on his shot—even though, a moment before, all three of us had complimented him on his shot. (We were walking behind him.) The man who cuts my wife’s hair began wearing two hearing aids recently, to compensate for damage that he attributes to years of exposure to professional-quality blow-dryers. My sister has hearing aids, too. She traces her problem to repeatedly listening at maximum volume to Anne’s Angry and Bitter Breakup Song Playlist, which she created while going through a divorce. My ears ring all the time—a condition called tinnitus. I blame China, because the ringing started, a decade ago, while I was recovering from a monthlong cold that I’d contracted while breathing the filthy air in Beijing, and whose symptoms were made worse by changes in cabin pressure during the long flight home. Tinnitus is almost always accompanied by hearing loss. My internist ordered an MRI, to make sure I didn’t have a brain tumor, and held up a vibrating tuning fork and asked me to tell him when I could no longer hear it. After a while, he leaned forward to make sure the tuning fork was still humming, since he himself could no longer hear it. (We’re about the same age.) There’s no cure for tinnitus. The ringing in my ears is constant, high-pitched, and fairly loud—it reminds me of the cicadas I listened to on sweltering summer nights when I was a kid—but I’m usually able to ignore it, unless I’m lying awake in bed or, as I discovered recently, writing about tinnitus. Unlike taste buds and olfactory receptors, which the body replenishes continuously, the most delicate elements of the human auditory system don’t regenerate. The National Center for Health Statistics has estimated that thirty-seven million American adults have lost some hearing, and, according to the National Academy of Sciences, hearing loss is, worldwide, the “fifth leading cause of years lived with disability.” Hearing problems can lead to social isolation and cognitive decline, both of which make getting older—itself a cause of hearing loss—seem worse than it does already. In recent years, scientists searching for ways to restore hearing have made a number of promising discoveries. There are also increasingly effective methods of preventing damage in the first place, and of compensating for it once it’s occurred. The natural human tendency, though, is to do nothing and hope for the best, usually while pretending that nothing is wrong. (People who notice they’re having hearing problems typically wait more than ten years before doing anything about them.) I recently heard a joke about a man who was worried his wife was going deaf. He told his doctor, who suggested a simple test. When the man got home, he stood at the door of the kitchen, where his wife was at the stove, and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” She didn’t respond, so he moved closer and asked again. She still didn’t respond, so he stood directly behind her and asked one more time. She turned around and snapped, “For the third time, chicken!” Rest of the article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/high-tech-hope-for-the-hard-of-hearing
  8. A few years ago, the UK Media Standards Trust had a website where you could enter the text of a press release and see where it had shown up on the web in a barely-changed form. For hard political news, that was and still is a big issue. The site was: churnalism.com. Such a great name that shouldn't have faded away (since the practice sure hasn't): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churnalism The magazines I worked at, and this is back before the web took over everything, did run short one and two paragraph new product stories based (at least mostly) on press releases. But any feature or column required original work by the writer (and then the editors... ;-) )...ah, I'm going off topic. Would be cool to see a picture or read a bit more about this bit Valerian story: “To reduce noise, we put the microphones on the costumes with a semi rigid surface that we built with a 3D printer,” Bucher explains."
  9. Good for DPA and Bucher. And thanks for the find Kelly. But the old magazine editor in me says "WTF?" to Pro Video Coalition and their contributor for slapping their name on a rewrite of DPA's press release: http://www.dpamicrophones.com/news/in-space-no-one-can-hear-your-scream-unless-you-have-a-dpa-microphones-inside-your-spacesuit
  10. Yep, I too am at plenty of conferences that have a stick mic handed to an audience member, and others where people line up at mics. Since it looks like Alex's conference will have at least some small 30-40 person sessions, I think even asking participants to pass around a mic will be tricky; that feels almost like a colloquium...and the Q&A may end up more like a conversation where participants don't want to interrupt and pause to move a mic that's only needed for the recording, not for those in the room. Alex, can you get the organizers to put you in touch with the AV company supporting the conference? Or if no AV company, someone acting in that capacity? Find out exactly how many rooms and sessions there will be, exactly what sort of audio support will be provided, etc. Heck, will there be any house consoles at all or any of the sessions? And sorry if I missed this in your original post, but are you expected to create useful recordings of sessions so non-attendees can benefit from the presentations and Q&A, or do you more need just a bit of audio and video to convey "we had a great conference with wonderful session discussions such as this kinda random example"? Geez, with what I'm guessing is the current budget and level of support, this sounds like it could be a tough gig...
  11. Holy Crap those are inexpensive! https://gtdaudio.net/uhf-mic.html Not sure which model you ordered, but this looks typical of their prices:
  12. A five-minute video explains all we need to know: An example of the video's innovative solutions to common problems: Yes, this is supposed to be funny and inept. I liked it OK. Check it out. Background from Transom.org, the rather cool website that focuses on the craft (and a bit on the tools) of narrative public radio (as in This American Life): http://transom.org/2017/sounds-good-sound-for-film-and-video/
  13. Isn't that part of the story behind the success or at least acceptance of Digidesign's Q-Sheet (or another of their early software products)? Story I hear from people who should know (and unlike me should know which Digi product it was) is that when they first showed/previewed it at a conference with a low price; nobody took it seriously, since it was priced so low. So before the they released it, they raised the price and that higher price helped people view it at a professional tool. IF, maybe look for a used Macbook or something...shouldn't be that expensive and you could view the MacOS as yet another BSD/Mach unix operating system. ;-)
  14. Awesome Tom! Jeremiah, what about C-Stands bugs you? Total length? Those damn legs? Would a C-Stand with a removable turtle base work for you? https://products.msegrip.com/products/40-c-stand-w-spring-loaded-turtle-base-includes-grip-head-arm
  15. Seem like the big quality gate is using a lav. Then the difference between a good wireless system and a wire isn't all that great. I only use a wired lav if there's some WTF interference going on and there's no time (or not enough skill on my part) to resolve that...and that's hardly ever... But Tommy, are you hearing a difference? Or as Bryan says, a difference the audience will notice?
  16. Good point. Perhaps I'll give it a whirl this weekend.
  17. Not sure what you mean here, Ty. We all use wireless systems. Well, most of us do. So it seems rather relevant. And the complaint is a public document. Anyway, I have no idea how this will play out. But I'd guess Lectro was aware of Zax's patents before they released the PDR. And Zax was probably aware that Lectro was probably aware before they filed their complaint.
  18. Ya, that was just poor wording on my part. I was just trying to set a couple benchmarks to help learn how "lousy" the 633 MP3s were... And, yes the 744T can record MP3; I've just never done it.... Anyway, Tommy, if you hear back from SD please fill us in.
  19. But aren't those running on your computer, with a comparatively big CPU? I'm guessing SD had to balance speed with available processing power.... But interesting reports and comments from Tommy, Tom, Constantin, and everyone. So about the quality of the MP3, are you saying it's not so great for transcription, or not good enough for backup to your wav files? [edit- to be clear, I'm not thinking of MP3 as a regular backup file...just trying to get a sense of how good/degraded the MP3 files sound] Would love to hear from SD on this, since I'm heavily leaning towards buying a 633 (ya, I'm behind the times...still getting by with 744T) or something similar... This probably wouldn't be a deal killer for me, but would be interesting to know...
  20. SD (and others here) will know. But I'd guess the real-time recording to MP3 might require a few processing shortcuts, or at least more than the 633's chips can spare without shorting other processing needs... What's the real answer?
  21. Birth of the Flexi Disc...though not the disc part... Thanks for the link Ryan. Interesting stuff.
  22. Here's a long write up about Resolve/Fairlight from the perspective of a long-time Pro Tools user, Marco Solorio. A couple caveats: This is based on Marco's feelings after sitting with a system during NAB, not quite IRL. Also: Marco's a nice and smart guy, but note that he's in real tight with Blackmagic Design; tight enough that I don't think of him as an independent observer. But still, if you have the time and interest, this is interesting: https://library.creativecow.net/solorio_marco/blackmagic_davinci_resolve_fairlight/1
  23. Remember that Blackmagic Design bought (at least part of) Fairlight last year? So now in Resolve 14, they've rolled at least some of Fairlight's audio tools into Resolve 14. Here's one picture from BMD's website: Details and more pix: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/fairlight And BMD says they will offer four mixing consoles. Here's a smaller one: A little more info (and a few more pix) on those here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve So the Resolve 14 software is in a public beta right now. There's a free version with "Revolutionary new tools for editing, color correction and professional audio post production for SD, HD and Ultra HD, all in a single application!" And a $300 Studio version that "Includes everything found in the free version plus multi user collaboration features that let editors, colorists, and sound engineers all work together on the same project at the same time, plus 3D tools, dozens of Resolve FX and more." Huh. So I don't know much about Fairlight, though I remember them... What do you all here think of this? Anyone planning on trying the beta version?