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Jeff Wexler

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    Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS Host of jwsound Discussion Group

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  1. Jeff Wexler

    Sound Devices MixPre version 3.0 Now Released

    No flames, Jon, this is totally appropriate and welcome. I am always pleased to have manufacturers making posts like this. My only concern, as everyone is well aware, is the abuse of this section by a few in the past, and when this section is used as a substitute for normal and professional product support that should happen directly with manufacturer or dealer. We do have one thread currently regarding one company's support (or lack of support) and I'm not quite sure what to do about it.
  2. Jeff Wexler

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Nice! Thank you for posting this link. The "Nagra Stories Sound-men won't ever tell" from JBond is probably the best long running thread on the site, always providing such a wealth of history and interest for all our members!
  3. Jeff Wexler

    Where is the Senator?

    Not the same person at all --- JBond IS the Nagra guy and Senator has participated in those Nagra topics but he is not JBond. I haven't seen or heard from Senator for quite some time.
  4. Jeff Wexler

    Frames for sound cart

    Matt Bacon certainly has fine-tuned the use of aluminum profiles for cart building, his carts are truly fine, very rugged with several functional designs and configurations. What Matt says about the overall construction and choice of fasteners is very important --- as an early adopter of this method of cart building (in my case, using 80/20 materials), I had to learn the hard way what fasteners to use and what would hold up over time with what our production carts have to go through on the job. I did finally end up with very solid carts that have not required any ongoing tightening of the fasteners, etc. The main advantage, for me, as I have said before is that I did not have to rely on outside fabricators with welding heli-arc equipment and skills. A welded frame may be somewhat more solid than the ones constructed from individual pieces and fastened together, but it has not been a real problem. As for the idea of mastering CAD and ordering exactly the right profiles, I didn't go that route ---- maybe just too lazy but I know that Matt did lots of pre-design work which probably saved him a lot of grief. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
  5. Jeff Wexler

    Lectrosonics vs Audio Limited

    It is my understanding that Sound Devices did conclude that disabling the transmitter's record function for use with lav mics would allow it to record without infringing the patent ---- I think that may have been a flawed conclusion which Sound Devices decided to go with anyway. I'm fairly sure Zaxcom and Sound Devices have been discussing this but I don't think any of us are in a position to know exactly the state of things at this time.
  6. Jeff Wexler

    Lectrosonics vs Audio Limited

    Vincent, you are correct that "in practice" the A10TX (US) operates as you describe, but that doesn't mean that it is free of infringement of the Zaxcom patent. I think we have to wait and see how this all plays out in the next few months.
  7. Jeff Wexler

    Lectrosonics vs Audio Limited

    Vincent, this statement is incorrect: "Apparently the patent is in combination with lav mics" ---- the Zaxcom patent regarding recording transmitters makes no mention of what sort of microphone is used.
  8. Jeff Wexler

    Frames for sound cart

    Looks like 80/20 profiles were used on Greg's cart frame. I believe the company more accessible in Europe for very similar aluminum is a company called ITEM. Maybe Greg even used ITEM, I don't know for sure. Either way, the individual pieces (called"profiles") have to be cut to proper dimensions and then assembled using hardware also purchased from the company for their profiles. I built several carts using 80/20 stuff primarily because I didn't want to have to rely on a welder or a fabricator to do the cart --- I chose a building method that I could do myself.
  9. Jeff Wexler

    RastOrder Cart: SU-01V

    The really great design of this cart makes that huge mixer look right at home. Good work!
  10. Jeff Wexler

    Sound tech falls on Tom Hanks "Mister Rodgers movie

    Do we know any details on this death? There was some discussion that James had a heart attack while on the balcony?
  11. Jeff Wexler

    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    Jon, I think it is totally appropriate for you to jump in here, please do not hesitate to participate in these discussions. I encourage everyone to be part of these discussions including manufacturers and dealers, engineers, creators and designers ---- the only limits I put on companies and those working for the companies only applies when people enter into general posts with full on advertising and promotion for a given product. This is something which has been abused in the past by a few companies which is unfair to those companies that have paid advertising on the site. Now, as to the topic at hand, Jon's clarification on sample rate and overall frequency response of the A10 wireless is significant and is, as Glenn Sanders pointed out, something which had to be considered very carefully when designing a pure digital wireless system. It is also true that frequency response alone is only one of many very important aspects of a wireless system. Most people know that I am not really a numbers kind of guy ---- for me it is all about how it sounds. I have listened to many of the most commonly used wireless systems (un-named but I think we all know) that spec out with a frequency response of 20 to 20K but to my ear don't sound very good. If I was in need of discovering a pure digital wireless system today, specific frequency response numbers would not be my main focus. I would be looking at the various features and functions, the stability of the RF modulation and most importantly how it performs in the real world, how it sounds.
  12. Jeff Wexler

    IPS TV @ IBC 2018

    Simon Bishop has started putting up his great videos on all the products being shown at IBC in Amsterdam. Check them out at the IPS website
  13. Jeff Wexler

    Working on "Harold & Maude"

    That's a great story, Jim ---- love hearing that. Just to think that you and your wife were in the same grand home where we shot so much of Harold and Maude.
  14. Jeff Wexler

    Deity Connect.

    I concur with Jose, I think the internal rechargeable battery is replaceable in the typical sense ---- I'm sure it is removable possibly with some dismantling when at end-of-life it needs to be replaced. For our sort of production sound work on feature movies or television, I would be concerned about the battery run time (which is stated to be 10 hours). 10 hours sounds like a long time but I'm not sure how you work that into the usual schedule most sound teams do now: putting wireless on the actors in the morning, change batteries at lunch (or sooner in some instances) and that will get you through the day. With the Deity, you would have to pull the transmitters off the actors at lunch, put them on charge and hope that your lunch period is enough time to recharge. They are so inexpensive, maybe you just have more transmitters and swap out the whole pack just as you would normally be replacing the batteries.
  15. Jeff Wexler

    Working on "Harold & Maude"

    Actually, it was a screening of the new documentary "Hal" ---- I was there Friday night and it was wonderful! The E-type hearse was parked outside just as an attention getter ---- there's a guy who had this built to be as close to the original as possible and he takes it all around the country on tour. More on the documentary later (I'm in it as well as my father, very emotional for me).