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Jose Frias

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  1. Jose Frias

    Gear Appraisal

    Text me, let's talk. I did something similar for my current company.
  2. I think everyone's college experience is going to be different, and usually, you get out of it what you put in. I also went to NYU, and while I thought it was ridiculously expensive (could have probably gone to a city college and learn all the same for a fraction of the cost), I did value the connections that I made there (I still work with a few of my friends / old classmates who went on to make their own production companies). Chat Gunter's production sound classes were actually some of my favorites, as they were all practical. You actually got hands on gear and set experience. He was definitely eccentric, but from what I remember he does care, and goes above and beyond to make sure you get it. I can't speak about him telling students what rates to go out for, as he never spoke about rates in my class, and in fact, my biggest feedback about his class was that there is no mention of the business side of things (though you could say the same about any college class really). I know a few handfuls of professional working sound mixers who took Chat's classes, so I'd say your experience, while not invalid, is probably very rare. Being a professor/teacher is extremely difficult. I've been on that side as well. Most, if not all, colleges and universities have a rigorous vetting process to make sure you have the appropriate credentials (whether it be school, job experience, or both), and usually require the recommendation from other active professors in the univeristy before you can begin teaching. Not only that, you're usually on a trial period for one or two semesters before they actually hire you full time. Then starts the tenure track. Despite what you may think of him, Chat does have a pretty decent resume, and IMO he does know his shit (at least from a scripted work standpoint). He's been teaching for quite a while now. I'm sure NYU is keeping him on the roster for a reason. Anyway, I digress. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
  3. Jose Frias

    Gear Appraisal

    Would another sound mixer qualify as an objective 3rd party?
  4. Jose Frias

    Farewell innovation?

    For the most part, I doubt the public will get any actual news or information from either of the parties regarding the status of the suit until the case is done. Unfortunately not much can be done except for letting it run its course.
  5. Jose Frias

    Zaxcom TRXCL3

    ZHD will only be available as a single channel of audio. If you wish to have two channels of audio you will need to use the "Stereo" modulation scheme. As you probably can already imagine, not possible unfortunately. Very different guts.
  6. Jose Frias

    Zaxcom TRXCL3

    New wideband camera link from Zaxcom: https://zaxcom.com/zaxcom-adds-wide-band-trxcl3-camera-link-transmitter/
  7. Jose Frias

    Sound Report Writer app

    Tyler Faison is indeed the creator of this app (along with the TV Timecard app). He's also a working sound mixer based in Dallas. Great guy. I'm sure you can email or call him. His contact info is on his website: http://tylerfaison.com He also roams around these forums every once in a while.
  8. Jose Frias

    Boom Pole Quick Connect

    Copy that, thanks for the correction. I can't tell a difference in weight, but I had assumed that because it's smaller it was also lighter. I totally agree with your last sentence.
  9. Jose Frias

    Boom Pole Quick Connect

    I'm using the Orca Bags quick releases. Smallest and lightest of the bunch, and very easy to snap in. http://www.orcabags.com/product/orca-boom-pole-quick-release/
  10. Jose Frias

    16-Channel Analogue to Dante Location Mixer

    Hey Jeff, as I mentioned on the Facebook post, didn't intend to sound dismissive about the Deva 24. Just not the solution I'm looking for (digital mixer with Dante and DC power). Unless it's changed, Dante will only be available as an option through the Mix-16 control surface, which would then interface to the Deva24 via it's connector. While definitely a solution, not what I would personally want as it means you need both the Mix-16 and the Deva 24 to get Dante running. At least when it was the Deva 32, you'd really only need a PC computer to set up the interface software, which you would require anyway to setup Dante, and with something like the Kangaroo PC you could get an inexpensive yet small and powerful solution to do just that, also with DC power.
  11. Jose Frias

    16-Channel Analogue to Dante Location Mixer

    I've been talking about this for at least two years since Zaxcom announced the now defunct Deva 32 concept. It would've been the first Dante-enabled digital mixer with DC power (and built-in recorder too). Unfortunately for those of us wanting such a product, the Deva 32 transformed into the Deva 24 instead, which is no longer the same thing. I so desperately would like a digital mixing surface with at least 12 banking faders (for most situations, enough, especially considering I only have 10 fingers to mix with, so that should be enough) that fits within a 19" rackmount space (and doesn't weight 50lbs), is DC-powered, and is Dante enabled. P&G faders would be nice, but not a requirement; it would need to be motorized, though. Infinity knobs for trim and settings. I'd be okay with a "Touch-and-go" knob a la Yamaha for trim and other settings. I think having some analog and digital I/O may be useful to connect to other pieces in the cart that are not Dante-compatible (say IFB transmitter), but I don't see having any phantom power mic inputs on the mixer necessary. Most inputs would be via wireless (so Dante), I would only really need one input for my talkback mic, but phantom isn't necessary for that. And if I actually did need phantom power, I could easily interface any Dante I/O unit separately depending on how many mic inputs I need, all of which could be powered easily over ethernet. So in essence, all I would need at the back of the unit is maybe 2-4 mic/line inputs, 4 mic/line/AES outputs, and you could even throw a bigger AES I/O count (8 in / 8 out) via multi-pin connector just in case. Any other serious I/O I would do via Dante. This would hopefully keep the size and weight of the unit down. Flexibility is the most important thing. Being able to do custom routing with multiple buses is key, otherwise Dante is useless. Built-in DSP can be a big plus; EQ, compression, limiter, gate, delay, phase, even an automix algorithm would be welcomed additions. To that end, having a decent sized screen to be able to see settings, routing, effects, etc is essential. I do like the idea of small LED screen per channel that will display channel / track naming, as well as values for variables that are being affected on that particular channel. Unfortunately, as many others have mentioned, I don't know that there are many companies that would be willing to make such a product considering that it wouldn't be many of us buying (I've asked). It's definitely a niche product.
  12. Jose Frias

    Advice On Record & Playback Setup in Nomad 10

    Assuming that the director wants video playback as well, not just audio, then just depending on your Nomad won't do the job. In fact, it is actually another person's whole job to do this exact thing, record takes to playback for director. Usually it means feeding audio via XLR to either camera directly, or to the Video Assist who then dials the proper delay to match and record with video.
  13. Jose Frias

    Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Good to know. Thanks Paul!
  14. Jose Frias

    best preamps in a small 2 track recorder?

    I also think the MixPre-3 would probably be your best bet.