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    Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS Host of jwsound Discussion Group
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  1. I have made a meeting available to everyone at any time, but I'm grappling with how to promote a Zoom meeting without actually having to announce a meeting time, so formal. Think about ideas how to accomplish this. It works with Jan's group because we all got used to the time.
  2. Dear NAB Show Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented situation around the world. Our thoughts are with those who have been directly affected by the virus, and all of those who are struggling with the ramifications of this global health crisis. At the National Association of Broadcasters, we believe it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and put the health and safety of our show community first. In the week since announcing that we will not move forward with the NAB Show in April, the landscape has continued to shift dramatically with major sports leagues, school districts, and other businesses around the country suspending operations. The governor of Nevada has also made the decision to close all nonessential business operations in the state. National authorities are imploring Americans to telework wherever possible. While we recognize that much of our show community is focused on other issues at the moment, we have heard from many of you over the last week who are eager for an update on our plans. For that reason, we wanted to convey now that, in light of the current circumstances, it is impossible to hold a rescheduled 2020 NAB Show this year. We will instead proceed with a two-pronged approach to deliver as much value as possible under these circumstances to our exhibitors, partners, and the broadcast industry as a whole. First, we are exploring a number of ways to bring the industry together online, both in the short and long term. We know from many years of serving the community with face-to-face events, that connectivity is vital to the health and success of the industry. That’s why we are excited to announce NAB Show Express, targeted to launch in April 2020. This digital experience will provide a conduit for our exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos, as well as deliver educational content from the original selection of programming slated for the live show in Las Vegas, and create opportunities for the community to interact virtually—all of which adds up to something that brings the NAB Show community together in a new way. Second, we will be enhancing NAB Show New York with new programs, partners, and experiences. We have already had numerous conversations with show partners about expanding their participation, and have heard from numerous exhibitors interested in enhancing their presence at this fall’s show. NAB Show New York represents the best opportunity for companies to announce and showcase their latest innovations and comes at a perfect time for the industry to gather face-to-face to restart, refocus, and reengage as we move forward together. We will have more to say about these efforts in the coming weeks. This is a unique and challenging situation, but we are committed to working hard to deliver as much value as possible. We’re also committed to being an active part of the solution to the current crisis in the months ahead. Last week we launched a new public service announcement campaign on radio and television that will provide crucial information to keep communities safe. The PSAs are part of a comprehensive Coronavirus Response Toolkit that we have made available online to help broadcasters accurately cover the pandemic and prepare for the threat it poses to their staff, communities, and businesses. We’ll be doing more in the weeks to come to harness the power of our industry as a force for good in these difficult times. As we move forward, we will keep an open line of communication with our show community, and look forward to engaging with you throughout the year. We’ve already begun planning for our 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which will take place April 11-14, and we hope you’ll join us then, as well as this fall. We look forward to connecting with you, and hope that you and your loved ones remain safe in the months to come. Best, Gordon H. Smith President and CEO
  3. Sorry, Eric, very much under attended --- lots of other people are trying to get online meetings going, take the sting away from all the "social distancing". I may schedule some get togethers (like Jan has always done with Sounderday) so they will be better attended.
  4. Just experimenting and most probably no one else was on at that time. I will work on doin g Invites so that people know it's happening.
  5. Comteks are still the most common IFB in general use, particularly for those jobs where there is a need for lots of fairly non-essential listeners to have a headset monitor. The newer models do sound better than the older ones (not sure which model you purchased) but none of them have good sound my any measure. For critical listening, for the director, script supervisor, the Lectrosonics R1a system has been quite popular as well as some systems from Shure and Sennheiser (and Lectrosonics has just released a new IFB, the successor to the R1a). Now, for truly critical listening, for boom operators, some people have used lower cost UHF wireless receivers (Sennheiser G4 for example) and at times even one of the standard talent wireless (Lectrosonics, Zaxcom, Wysicom, etc.). Also in common usage is the Zaxcom ERX series and more recently the URX series IFB. For me personally, the best sound quality has been from the Zaxcom units. The late great boom operator, Don Coufal, was very resistant to doing wireless boom work primarily because we could never find a suitable monitor. With the Zaxcom Digital wireless we solved the problem of the audio quality of the boom mic but Don was still adamant about the lack of quality in his monitor --- when the Zaxcom ERX came out, this did the trick --- super high quality audio monitor made it possible for wireless boom to work at the standard we were used to with hard-wired duplex cable. So, the attraction of Comteks is lower cost, fairly reliable and feasible to own the upwards of 20 or so units that is required these days. The sound quality is what it is (and it isn't very good).
  6. Jeff Wexler is inviting you to a JWSOUNDGROUP Zoom meeting. Topic: JWSOUNDGROUP Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime - you can JOIN without a host If you already have the Zoom app, just join Meeting ID 606 297 541 Join Zoom Meeting using browser access to Zoom app. https://zoom.us/j/606297541 Meeting ID: 606 297 541
  7. This was posted in the announcement of the r.a.m.p.s./jwsound party in 2019! That party is over and this year's party has been cancelled because NAB this year has been cancelled.
  8. I think we're in good shape in terms of deposits I had made to secure the venue. As far as the companies that so generously offered up sponsor money, I will be sending out an email to each of the companies giving them a choice: I can hang onto the sponsor donations and apply it to the party whenever we can do it (either later this year if NAB reschedules or next year), or I can refund the money to each company. We'll see how it all shakes out.
  9. NAB cancels show The National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas is off in April because of concerns over the coronavirus. The trade group’s president, Gordon Smith, said, “In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.” So, we will not be having our annual r.a.m.p.s./jwsound party, bummer, but will of course have the party next year (or sooner if NAB decides to just move the show to later in the year).
  10. I know there are some kinks to be worked out but like anything else new out there things will improve as more and more people try it. I know the developers certainly want to hear from people whose union affiliations are not yet listed --- once they know, and that applies to regions as well, they will be added.
  11. Not sure where on my site to post this, but here goes: For those in the film industry there has just been an app released called DayPlay. Developed by Jeffrey Humphreys and Tim Salmon and servicing all the crafts in our industry. I have tried it t and I think it is one of the best apps ever. Available for iOS and Android and web access with any browser at www.dayplay.com Check it out!
  12. I hope no one thought I was implying that other manufacturers require the use of any of these external helpers --- I was aware of most of these things, like Wireless Designer, Freq Finder, the various apps to calculate intermod, etc., from watching and talking to other sound mixers who seem to need these things when setting up their wireless at the beginning of a day. I cannot weigh in on this personally because I was one of those rare sound mixers who did not use much wireless, even up to the last movie I did before retiring. Point of interest, for many years I had 4 Audio, Ltd. wireless in the 2000 series model, not even frequency agile! After those became pretty much useless, I went with Zaxcom Digital wireless and stayed with those. I posted the short video because I was impressed with the ease with which you can accomplish the whole scanning, frequency assignment routine compared to just about all the other systems commonly in use today.
  13. Joe Pfeil did a fantastic short video showing how easy and how quickly you can set up your wireless with Zaxcom Nova. No need for Wireless Designer, Freq Finder, etc., just a few simple button presses and you're good to go. The video is very short (since the setup is very quick).
  14. Jim Feeley is absolutely right (and very helpful with the info!). I still have my Goldline transmitters and a custom quad box I built with 4 ENG receivers. I'm pretty sure the Goldline transmitters will work to newer receivers but do not have all the newer RF modulations that current Zaxcom transmitters have. So, if the receiver can receive basic US mono transmission, the Goldlines should work. I was very happy with mine but never could get used to deciphering the LED display dots --- I found them very difficult to read and understand.
  15. Thank you JBond --- fantastic list! I don't know how you do it, all that indexing. I have thought about and experimented with some way of doing major indexing for the whole site --- so many people have requested this as an enhancement to the site, a good searchable archive by subject or various other parameters. JWSOUND has been active since 2006 and there is truly a wealth of valuable information contained in the thousands of posts that make up this site. The Search routines, vastly improved on this site over the years, is still not too terrific but is helpful for people searching for a specific topic.
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