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  1. Soundbag as Hand Luggage

    +1 If they find it, the TSA will absolutely take your Lav Bullet away from you. Their newer “Mic Drop” shape is preferable for flying. Regards, Evan
  2. Soundbag as Hand Luggage

    I travel exclusively for gigs (150K+ actual miles every year) and I have my kit streamlined for it. My two carry ons consist of: 1) my bag rig with 5 transmitters + lavs, all neatly buttoned up. 2) my run bag backpack with necessary accessories, including 4x98mwh batts, a few IFBs and hops. I then check all all other gear in one 1650 pelican. My goal is to have everything I need to shoot for a day or two as carry on in case of lost luggage. The only necessary thing I don’t carry on is a boom pole as I’ve been stopped before and ordered to check the pole so I don’t bother trying any more. Be aware that TSA is different at every airport (and even maddeningly fluctuates within each airport on any given day) and you will more than likely have your rig set aside for additional screening. Leave time for this, as some agents may want you to disassemble your whole bag to run it through again. After years of dealing with this I’ve gotten pretty good at talking them out of that level of nonsense - but there’s always a chance some newbie is too scared to just swab it and let it go. good luck in Dubai Cheers, Evan
  3. Zaxcom Automix with constant boom

    To achieve this, I have AM (post fader mode) engaged on my Lavs (Tracks 2-8) and not on my Boom (Track 1) - all of which are then routed post fader to a mono mix track and IFB feed. Works great for me. Cheers, Evan
  4. I do a lot of bag drop / follow car IFB shoots with my Nomad and in these situations AutoMix has been a great tool. It might take a minute to find the AM setting sweet spot but once you get your talent gain dialed in and the ISOs are good I usually set it and forget it. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  5. Bluetooth sender cheap on amazon

    In an effort to get myself as untethered from my bag as much as possible, I've been experimenting with the Brightech BPX2 Bluetooth transmitter. It needs constant power (which I get from the USB of my Nomad) which affords super low latency - enough for critical listening from my rig. My headphones are (the amazing) PURO Bluetooth cans with an optional AUX in for when I don't need the BT function, so I can be wired if I wish. This has been working beautifully for my more run+gun docu shoots where I can drop my bag in a car and still monitor audio from outside the vehicle (20ft or so), or walk away from my rig to mic an oncoming cast member. The only issue I have found is that sometimes (rarely, in fact) I'll get a digital "jumbling" effect for a few seconds - where it seems to cut in and out and then the last few seconds of audio is played overtop of the current signal. It's obviously not on the recorded tracks so I'm not worried about it really, but it can be annoying if I'm trying to listen for content. But again, it's so rare (once every few days) that its nothing critical. Cheers, Evan Meszaros *a quick note on the PURO cans: they have a wonderfully flat frequency response and this handy LED monitor that lets you know if the output signal is hitting a potentially ear-damaging db level. In 20 years, they are best sounding headphones I've ever used.*
  6. Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    Sure, I could. But then I'd need two for each (and I run 4-9 lavs any given day). And then, when I'm not near power for potentially days, I need 4 extra batts per unit. Or, I could just use the AAs that production provides and not spend more of my own money. Also, changing all my lavs over to Lemo is not something I want to do. Furthermore, the 50mW is insufficient for my needs. So, I reiterate, the SSM is not better for everyone. I'm looking forward to the new WB SM that Lectro releases. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  7. Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    I've used it. My needs require AA. I don't always have access to charge batts and sometimes we roll for longer than the SSM battery life. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  8. Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    That SSM battery is not good for my needs. I need replaceable AA. Therefore, it's not a better option for everyone. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  9. SMA 50 ohm termination

    I too have some crazy RF showing up when I power in the Multi. I was told by PSC that terminators on the open SMAs are unnecessary. PSC even sent me a brand new one to test, but it yielded the same results. I'd love to know if you (or anyone else) has success with terminating the unused SMAs. I still can't figure out my problem and I've tried every cable swap imaginable. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  10. Frequency Coordination

    I am constantly running 6-9 Lectro wireless freqs, comtek 216 (and sometimes G3 IEMs) and Zaxnet in different cities across the country (and sometimes globally). What I've grown accustomed to is a mix between receiver scans, Lectro grouping and the FreqFinder app - spending at least an hour in each new city - to find the sweet spot of effective coordination. But, as with all wireless, sometimes even the best efforts yield poor results, because, voodoo. Cheers, Evan
  11. SRb + PSC Rf Multi SMA?

    The SRC or SRB? I've had great results with the Multi and my SRBs for months. Suddenly it's awful. Two of my SRBs just came back from Lectrosonics after a tune-up so everything should be good on their end.
  12. SRb + PSC Rf Multi SMA?

    I'm into trying new antennas - but the ALPs are a little to unwieldy for my bag. I've tried the one-at-time cable disconnect in every possible way. And a since PSC lent me a brand new Multi to test I don't think it's my unit. The whip scans are significantly more clear than the dipoles. Cheers, Evan
  13. SRb + PSC Rf Multi SMA?

    Hello Everyone! I've been using the PSC RF MULTI SMA running 4 SRbs + Lectro SNA600a dipoles with great results for the last 8 months, but very recently the SRs are being sprayed with excessive RF garbage every time I power on the Multi unit. I'll present the specs and the troubleshooting I've tried so far in the hopes that someone here has some advice to get my system back to its proper performance.... Nomad + 4 SRb + RF Multi routed through AudioRoot power distro. Started with SR Blocks 19/21/25/25 using 2 SNA600a antennas (dialed in to middle freq) and all was good for 8 months. Recently changed to Blocks 19/19/20/21 and tried 2 Lectro ACOAXBNC antennas (BK20) - which is when the RF garbage kicked in. I figured it was the ACOAX antennas so i switched back to the (retuned) SNA600s and the unacceptable RF noise continued unabated. I've tried other SMA, BNC and power cables, but no change. Even though my Multi has a 13xxxxx serial number I tried a brand new unit with my same setup and still the noise is overwhelming. I've even tried powering the SRbs from a separate power source in case there was a ground issue but the results remain the same. Am I missing something? I've heard conflicting reports about terminating the open SMAs on the Multi (which I am not doing) but I didn't have an issue before so I don't think that's the problem. I'm on a pretty intense shoot that doesn't leave me too much time to keep breaking down, rebuilding and reworking my bag so any pertinent advice would be a greatly appreciated. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  14. In the market... lectro SMQV vs WM

  15. In the market... lectro SMQV vs WM

    Do you prefer the short cable TA5 connector or the one piece barrel adapter? cheers, Evan
  16. Is anyone here using the TA5 adapter for their WM transmitter? I've seen the short cable version and the barrel type and would like some real world advice on both options. Thanks! Evan
  17. Lectrosonics LT vs SMQV

    I'm considering adding a couple of LTs to my quiver. My SMVs are great, but I'd love some wide-band versatility. Does anyone here use them reguarly? I'd appreciate some real world feedback from reality-docu mixers. Thanks! Cheers, Evan
  18. Worth buying IFB200 for a simple mono system?

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  19. Chattanooga TN soundies

    Any soundies here live in Chatty or know of one? I'm in need of a smart slate rental tomorrow (Monday 3/28/17). Please email me: sendittoevan AT gmail DOT com Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  20. What's your day rate?

    I lived in LA from 2011-2015 and worked at least 30 days a year in SD - for full rate, travel, hotel, etc.... Hell, I was flown there from Kentucky last month for a 4 day shoot. Your excuses are thin and your actions are damaging to the industry. I truly hope you listen to the valuable (if sometimes caustic sounding) advice from the professionals above and learn from their extensive experience. Together we are strong. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  21. Show me your bag

    I used fingerless gloves under bigger snowboarding mittens but they have gloves with fingertips designed for touch screens. As for moisture, yeah - there was moisture. A lot of it. I have a waterproof setup for my phone but not for my iPad, so I used the phone more often. If I were to seriously consider a setup like this, a durable tablet case is mandatory. Cheers, Evan
  22. Show me your bag

    I tried an interesting experiment with my backup rig recently and thought I'd share with the group.... Was on location in Jackson Hole, WY for docu-series and scheduled to film 6 cast members riding the deep back country on snowmobiles. Instead of reinforcing my primary Nomad bag setup, I decided to take my (so far unused) F8 travel backup and make a completely wireless backpack rig: F8 / 4 x SRb / Comtek / etc.... but with wireless boom and headphones + Bluetooth mixing via the Control App. Thus, I was able to mix everything from my iPhone/iPad and carry all the weight on my back. Everything was protected in the bag - leaving only the 2 x SN600a dipoles exposed. Due to time constraints it wasn't the most elegant system but it surprisingly worked like a charm. The Bluetooth mixing interface takes some getting used to but was completely usable in my circumstances. In fact, at one point I was driving a snowmobile and had my phone rigged to the dashboard for reference. If Zaxcom made this capability in their Touch App I would certainly use it - often. The bag itself is an older model from Case Logic that has been my workhorse for years. (The hard rubber bottom is a god-sent feature that I cannot live without). I was able to get a couple of pics: Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  23. 4 Pin Hirose to USB Cable

    Thanks for these links! Not sure why they didn't show up in my search.... I was hoping for a CONUS local for the sake of expediency, but these will work if I can't find one. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  24. 4 Pin Hirose to USB Cable

    Hello All - I am in the market for a 4pin hirose male to regulated USB female cable. (The above link no longer works.) I've scoured the net and can only find some Chinese ones of dubious quality. Pro-Sound has one on their site, but ideally it would be a dual USB output. Normally I would make it myself but I am in the process of moving and have no usable workshop and tools handy, and time is of the essence. Does anyone here have a line on where I could procure one? Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  25. wingman?

    Opinions are all well and good, but the above statements are exclusionary and will not help advance progressive ideas and technology. Many people were wary of wireless mics in the beginning, and look at us now. Countless bemoaned the touch screens of 1gen iPhones ("I need real buttons not a piece of glass") and look at us now. By excluding the tech or even asking that SD or anyone else not even try to advance current technology is Luddite thinking that only hobbles forward motion. Your home must be full of remoteless CRT televisions and rotary dial phones... Which is totally fine just don't force the rest of us to stay in the past with you. Cheers, Evan