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About johnpaul215

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  • Birthday 01/01/1974

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    Philadelphia - PA - USA
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
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    Sound mixer from Philadelphia.
  1. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    The bill was only released to the public (and Democrats) around 17:30 EST Friday afternoon. It’s over 500 pages long, and the House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday. I don’t see any way there will be a CBO score, and obviously no public hearings to discuss it. I’m guessing a bunch of accountants and economists will spend the weekend crunching numbers. Kind of wild that *if* this passes next week, it goes into effect on January 1st 2018. As of right now, the Republicans seem to have enough votes to pass it themselves. I did hear they are removing the ability to take a deduction on your federal taxes for state taxes, which is specifically a big Republican F U to the people of California, NJ and New York. Yet the ACA still had over 30 hearings. This tax plan had zero. The senate plan was handed to the democrats, and public, 2 hours before they voted on a 400+ page plan. They wouldn’t have to hide the details if it was good legislation.
  2. Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    I like that the ERX uses 2 AA batteries and rechargeables lasts all day. The size is the same as the old iPhone/ iPod, so cases were abundant. Something smaller would be great, but I don’t get size complaints. If I do, it’s people that want nothing on their camera rig.
  3. Remote Audio Hi-Q Batteries

    I've been using the IE ones for a while now (same thing), and they've been great. Definitely worth the upgrade, and people will buy your NP batteries and chargers pretty quickly.

    I've always loved my Loon, but knowing more history of the person behind it makes the whole thing more personal. I actually wish I had more than one Loon. That's something that gets lost these days more and more. We know some of the people behind the companies that make a lot of our gear, and I love that personal connection. Johnpaul

    Wow Jim, thanks for sharing that.
  6. New Zaxcom small transmitter - ZMT

    I'm guessing there's nothing on the market (except the Lectrosonics one) beyond a 2 bay because these things last soooo long in point & shoot cameras. That's probably also why the lower capacity knock-offs are fine for most people. I do like that Zaxcom and Lectrosonics both use the same battery, and hope a 3rd party sees an opportunity to make something targeted at our world.
  7. Sooooo new at this...

    How are your ears? I've worked with a few musicians and studio people as boom ops and they were incredible. They have this lifetime of listening to very slight differences in sounds, and that's why some of them become very good boom ops very very quickly. They'll quickly learn what is off axis and what is the mic's sweet spot. For what you're doing, you can make it work without wireless mics. Assuming you guys shoot proper coverage, that's where the cleaner dialog comes from. That is assuming that the actors are delivering a consistent performance (have this talk with your crew). the dialogue from when the cameras (and mics) are closer can be used for the wide shot. That will also help it sound more consistent throughout the scene. When somebody is working on a budget that is apparently as low as what you guys are, I think it makes more sense to really focus on that boom instead of you losing money by bringing a whole bunch a wireless that isn't in the budget. I don't know how old you are, but most of us grew up watching television and movies where the majority of the cast did not have a wireless mic. They only used them when needed. Everything came from the boom. This "we must wire everyone, even if they don't have a scripted line" wasn't so common in the past.
  8. 744T Discontinued (so it seems)

  9. 744T Discontinued (so it seems)

    I think this was announced pretty recently. Somewhere else I saw a post about the 702, the 722 and the 744T all being retired. The 702T and 788T-SSD continuing for now. I'd bet the 702T/702/722 has a following with people doing field recordings (besides dialog). Keeping the 702T also makes sense for people wanting a small backup recorder on the cart.
  10. SGS 2.4GHz Amp Field Reports

    If you read the post on FB, the problem is that the manufacturer doesn't have FCC approval, and apparently doesn't care to get it. I am guessing that basically SGS found a *close* amp on the market that they thought was approved, and was getting the manufacturer to tweak it slightly to their specs for what we need. Hopefully they will investigate a different manufacturer that has FCC approval. Knowing how long they've been working on this, I wouldn't expect a replacement product super quick..... unless they had a Plan B manufacturer all along.
  11. R.A.M.P.S./JWSOUND Party - NAB 2017

  12. New Zaxcom small transmitter - ZMT

    William Sarokin posted on Facebook that he's been using them for a while and thought they sounded even better than his LA transmitters.
  13. Installing an SSD in Mac Mini.

    I just put a SSD in my 2011 Mac Mini a few months ago and it's great. I got a kit from Other World Computing. I did a clean install because I have been using migration assistant or something else for years and years and years and probably had some stuff going back to the classic macOS. I also thought I may have had some stuff on the old computer that was bogging down my new one, but I think it was actually the hard drive starting to fail. You can use Time Machine to restore it, or a lot of people swear by Super Duper. I did everything manually, and had stuff fairly organized into folders. Plus between Time Machine and stuff backed up in the cloud I am pretty protected. http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
  14. AudioRoot Power solutions review

    Gotcha. It'll definitely be an upgrade from the Sony L batteries. I think the 744T is power hungry compared to a 633 or a Maxx, but things will also change if you start adding wireless receivers.