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Jeff Wexler

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    Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS Host of jwsound Discussion Group

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  1. I think this looks great! External standard power supply is a good idea (and later the ability to power from a DC source battery). There are few multi-unit chargers available and as more and more people are using Zaxcom ZMT transmitters and Lectrosonics SSMs, this will be a very useful product.
  2. Everything seems to be back to normal functioning. The last update had some problems, difficult to troubleshoot but I think it has been solved.
  3. Just testing after the latest update --- having some problems but I think I have fixed the issues.
  4. Good discussion with Glenn Sanders and Peter Schneider on Gotham Sound's YouTube site --- the URX 100 looks to be an incredibly useful tool for a whole host of IFB functions. I think there may be uses that are discovered that Zaxcom hadn't even considered.
  5. Hey, Jim, of course you have a vote! I put my concerns out there for a couple of reasons and I welcome comments from everyone. My first concern regards my reluctance to put up basically free advertising for companies and their products, weighing up of course the value to our members of the information. In this particular instance, I was not suggesting any legal/patent type infringement from this company, I don't think Inovativ has patents on the design (but of course I have not researched it sufficiently). My conclusion, now, concurs with yours --- leave it up for our members and not dwell too much with my original concerns. As you all know, I like to moderate with the lightest touch possible and my preference always is to follow the lead and the wishes of our membership regarding things like this.
  6. They do look just like the Inovativ carts. I had to approve the posting even though I was nor familiar with the company (located in Poland I believe) but I had some reservation worrying that it was providing free advertising for a product which may have been ripping someone else off. I finally decided I would let the post be put up and let our members sort out what's going on. Maybe I should take it down?
  7. I saw this backpack for the fist time at NAB this year, it is really well designed and well made, should be very useful for all those sound mixers that do the really challenging sort of work I never had to do during my long career. The demands on the production sound mixer for this sort of work, both mind and body, have reached epic levels in terms of the equipment that needs to be carried ---- anything that makes these jobs less stressful is welcomed. K-Tek has really created something special with this backpack.
  8. Wow, just wow! JWSOUND is blessed with your extensive Nagra knowledge, your dedication to the fullest understanding of these amazing machines, the history of it all, totally blows my mind. Thank you!
  9. Thank you, Daniel! You have stated another one of the reasons I had been hesitant to install Tapatalk originally but I did have ti running for some time because there were members who said they liked it. I never did and so when obvious trouble showed up this time I disabled it altogether. I am convinced now to just steer clear completely --- members will just have to use the site as is without any "help" from Tapatalk.
  10. The IPB software that runs this site is current. Tapatalk support seems to indicate that my installation of Tapatalk plug-in is also the current version but they seemed to be saying that they have had some problems with IPB. I have to say that I am not a fan of Tapatalk and I'm not sure what great value it has for the users of this site. The site is responsive and reverts to mobile interface when accessed from mobile devices with smaller screens. Tapatalk also keeps soliciting me to "upgrade" to some plan with all these great "premium" services --- things which I have no interest in implementing on the site. I'm open to discussing this with any of our members who typically use Tapatalk --- give me a little education on why it is so useful. Today I will get back into discussing this with Tapatalk support and see what we can come up with.
  11. I disabled Tapatalk because it was causing problems with the site and Tapatalk support was not helpful in sorting this out. I had always kept Tapatalk up to date with all current updates (updates were often needed because Tapatalk had frequently caused problems in the past) but rather than installing any new updates I had to disable the plug-in. I am reluctant to update, again, and worry that there will be problems again even with the current update. I will consider it but I'm not so inclined to have Tapatalk active anymore on the site, sorry about that to all our Tapatalk users.
  12. The current CAS Podcast is up! Peter Devlin, CAS, has done it again, a wonderful conversation with two veteran sound mixers telling their stories. This is a must listen experience! Listen to the podcast via LINK to Soundcloud
  13. Please read and re-read Jim Feeley's excellent and incredibly thoughtful post. The references to some of the best documentarians and the work they did is really something to examine ---- this is fantastic information and such a good way to look at this issue.
  14. I have worked on many, many documentaries in my 46 year long career in sound and have also been asked many times by documentarians the question similar to yours. Usually takes the form of "what piece of equipment can I buy and put to use myself along with my camera" to improve the somewhat miserable results I have had in the past when shooting alone without a sound person. The real honest answer is that there is no single microphone or recorder, even if considered an upgrade from what you are using, that will yield substantially better results than you are now getting. Even though you say you are working "solo" because you want t be as unobtrusive and "invisible" as possible, I think it is safe to say that without someone else helping you out recording the sound, you will not get the resulting sound you want. I would think about pairing up with one other person, a professional sound person skilled in documentary recording, and I can almost guarantee you will get a better soundtrack for your projects. Several times working with my father, Haskell Wexler, on documentary projects, he has gone ahead and shot stuff, even interviews, relying on the camera to record and having to operate microphone or microphones while operating the camera. Once in the editing room, it was obvious that the material that was shot while I was on the job was far superior to the stuff he got working solo. So, in conclusion I think what you need, as John B. has suggested, is "A professional sound person."
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