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    london based broadcast sound op.

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  1. Somethings are hard to comprehend. A few days a go (in another thread) you were handing me a lecture on the merits of reading, especially in the context of understanding and operating Zaxcom gear and then without a hint of irony you get apoplectic and suggest members are "nonstop non-information" because you ask a question (about Zaxcom gear on an SD thread) and don't get what people are telling you. Calm down, about 3 or 4 people have tried to help you or answer your question. If you don't like or understand the answer, don't throw your toys out of the pram - contact Zaxcom. As well as hearing 'straight from the horse's mouth', your feedback on this matter may be welcome as it may help them improve their documentation of this feature :- ) And if you are determined to get an answer on this forum it's probably best to start a new topic, for your sake and other peoples.
  2. Daniel, It's not a matter of my level of happiness. I would consider the sentence that I wrote, "less features=less learning" to be a fact. It takes less learning to be a photographer, than it does to be a brain surgeon. The other sentence you mentioned "if you are lazy or won't or can't read, buy something easy to learn." If someone tells you that are all Zaxcom and they didn't read the manual, run. They are not being truthful. I have had sales people tell me that customers return Zaxcom because they couldn't "figure it out". That's on the customer, not Zaxcom. If you drop out of brain surgery school because you can't figure it out, it's probably not the schools fault. There are simply two types of people in this world, the type that can read a lot and the type that can't. There used to be an hour's meter indicating how much usage a Nomad had on it when you turned it on. I bought my first Nomad used and it had 5 hours on it. Somebody had given up on learning their mixer after 5 hours of use. Maybe they didn't know how to read, I don't know. I do know that I got a bargain on that unit. There are people that don't know how to read and that is sad. There are people that don't take the time to read because they're too busy going out getting drunk at a bar. There are some people that can't learn outside of a structured classroom setting. Regardless of your work practices you are going to have to do a lot of reading with Zaxcom. These statements by me are not dismissive of anything. Other than to reference it here, you won't see me use the term "RTFM". There are times when you can read that Manual and it's just not going to sink in. Then I think it is appropriate to get on a website such as this and ask a simple question. Sometimes things just don't click in your head, that's human nature. If you simply want to read a lot less, buy something other than Zaxcom. The other thing that you buy will have less features and subsequently will have less reading, this is just a fact. Sincerely, Martin
  3. Totally awesome, genuinely did not see this happening so soon, if at all, so feeling very good about SD.
  4. I like this. A 'relay' system. If they can put a wifi TX in an SD card maybe the rest can fit the 'footprint'.
  5. "less features=less learning", not necessarily. How those features are organised and marketed have something to do with this and sometimes less is more. For me 'good' documentation of complex equipment usually includes diagrams and not just loads of text however special being able to read and write makes me feel ;- )
  6. I don't know. I spent all my money on the Leo :- ). Well not quite all of it. I'll get to hear the difference at some point but reading Simon Davies answer on the 'Rycote Baseball' thread perhaps the baseball is not as effective with wind but a bit more transparent. The Leo as the advantage of being able to put a fur over it for greater wind protection or even a lighter material over the 'bucky ball' than the standard Cinela fabric (which covers the ball in 2 pieces) so making it more transparent (which I may try, as to me the Leo is certainly not totally transparent). Leo probably sits between 'baseball' and 'BBG' in terms of transparency and effectiveness.
  7. Whoosh! The rycote 'baseball' makes my Leo feel very expensive/overpriced. And to think some thought rycote were the robber barrons :- )
  8. Martin, I appreciate you are very happy Zaxcom customer and most of your reply I read as justifiable enthusiasm for the kit you own. However, the last 2 sentences are a bit of a non sequitur and perhaps a little dismissive of other people's work practice, experiences and opinions. Feel free to continue but I'm just saying. Sincerely, Dan.
  9. Thanks for asking the question and to all those those who replied. I think I now have better idea of how a Zaxcom system goes together. My comprehension skills are not so bad so in a way I'm relieved it was not only me who struggled to make coherent sense of the information on the website. As the system is so featured and sophisticated I wonder if the use of diagrams would also help potential customers understanding of the Zaxcom eco system a little more.
  10. Someone has to wear headphones, bottom line.
  11. Brilliant. I was trying to develop something similar with 3d printing but gave up and paid cable man to do his resin filled versions. The issue i wanted to resolve was the exit angle of the cable. I thought i could use the new style neutriks (female threaded shell) to make a serviceable LP connector which would be relatively easy to change the exit angle of the cable (for use with different bits of kit). The problem was making a cap (similar to your own) which didn't screw into the metal shell but clipped over the protruding piece of (the cut down) gland. I think the effectiveness of an interference fit is determined by the tolerances and the characteristics of the materials in play. The hope was to also to have no need for working the metal shell and just use a knife and file to modify the chuck and gland before finishing with the cap. Too much head scratching for an XLR.
  12. +1. It is quite possible that maintaining 'natural' stereo hearing would be advantageous to a boom op., in some environments at least. Of course a mechanical boom op (boombotâ„¢ :-) is a long way off if ever, but from a conceptual point of view it strikes me the device would almost certainly need more than the 1 audio sensor (mic) it is cueing for the recording. Eg. it might have something like a surround array of audio sensors to 'map' the acoustics of the environment in realtime and determine the sweet spot for the recording mic without having to 'find' it (like an autofocus system). Of course cuing the mic silently, getting the ad libs, not tripping on cables, adjusting the edge of frame for an unrehearsed camera move or change in lighting and all the other things a good boom op does are probably more of a technical challenge and its more likely the PSM will be replaced with a machine (Automix/mix-assist/DNS) than the boom op ;-)
  13. looks good. are these silver caps/knobs using the remaining thread of the machined shell to screw into place? looks like you're also using the a cut down cable chuck to keep all the internals of the XLR in place?
  14. "the boom op will be able to also monitor levels on an iPad thanks to a wireless feature the FS7 has", is this just meters or audio as well? No mention of who is wearing the headphones? Mostly sounds like a 2 operator ENG gig - minus the mixer (box) and HPs. If there's a reason you don't want you sound op. to wear even a small (mixer) box of some kind, possibly because of the nature of the shoot, I would consider using something like a plug-on TX to reduce cable management and maybe (depending on the system) make handling the levels a bit easier too. You could put a handheld recorder in front of the TX and your boom can monitor levels with ears and eyes and you have another back up plus 'go wild' capacity. You could use 2 RX and send the same signal to 2 cameras/devices (to help with sync between the 2). Do you have extra crew members to help manage location issues? Aside from signal control in the electronic domain, i would say managing the acoustics of a tricky location is key and involves well timed manual work with the material resources available - it can be a challenge for a 1 person sound dept to find the time to do this as well as do all the more obvious things. Eg. An either or situation for your sound op when you start the scene using just the boom but things get a bit inconsistent, do they wire cast or try to control the environment some more - they'd probably like to have done both before you even started but now only have time to do 1.
  15. Fanny packs ('bum bags' for brits) have made a come back and 'DPA' is suitably niche, retro and expensive (if you throw away the 'accessories') to be very hip in shoreditch.