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  1. Mike -- Are you using the same metering setting on both? i.e. Peak / RMS / RMS+Peak
  2. It has been a long time since I used the Deva II. My FAT16 DVD-RAM reading tests were done with previously formatted discs pulled from my archives.
  3. I just tested a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.5 and with an external plugin DVD drive. It, also, read a Deva II FAT16 DVD-RAM that I pulled from my archives.
  4. I don't recall if WIN98 supported FAT16. Also note that your DVD drive needs to support DVD-RAM in order to read the discs. For instance, one of my Macs in the studio still has OS X 10.6.8 and it will read a FAT16 DVD-RAM. The original SuperDrive (a Sony) did not support DVD-RAM, but this machine has an added (Mat) DVD drive that does. So: A) The operating system needs to support FAT16 The DVD drive needs to support DVD-RAM discs
  5. FAT16 is the main reason that the Deva II became less than convenient for our work. The last time I used the FAT16 DVD-RAM discs (many years back) I found that some computers could read them and some couldn't. It would be highly dependent on the operating system and computer configuration as FAT16 support diminished.
  6. Another selling point is that the RF Venue Audio version has a "configurable input attenuator" built in.
  7. Note that the Pro Audio specific model that Gotham (and other professional dealers) sells has some worthy features, such as presets, which adds definite value to the unit.
  8. One key legal point is to not make statements of opinion as if they're facts. It's prudent (and quite frankly, more honest) to clearly indicate that this is the person's own held opinion.
  9. The term isn't "monolopy," it's "market saturation." Rycote holds the position they do because they recognized a need in our industry and developed products to fill that void. Over numerous years their innovations have helped move the state of our art forward. Rycote is among the many companies I hold in high regard for having diligently served our needs for many years. Thus, I feel it's unfair to label the company's products as "garbage," while, at the same time, it's certainly fair to seek out and deploy more advanced products.
  10. A well kept secret is that all boom pole manufacturers sell better quality versions of each of their products to well-established pros than they do to beginners. If you want verification of that just compare a pro using their K-Tek Classic to a newbie using theirs. The newbie’s pole positions the mic off-axis, tends to not get consistent pickup, and has a great deal more handling noise.
  11. While they might be fine, I call three strikes on "Really Right Stuff" boom poles: 1). I never heard of them before this thread. 2). Therefore, I don't know of any pro who has ever used one. 3). They chose a model designator (VMB) that is close enough to an established brand as to be confusing in the marketplace.
  12. An interesting aspect is that it's not strictly gender-based. Metabolism, circulation, etc., certainly figures into it. Good air circulation also makes a difference. I have a friend who'd much rather live in a refrigerator than be even a little bit too warm. Like Daniel above, I'm of the opposite polarity. As far as in-studio temp, I find that if the room is adjusted reasonably, I've never had either males or females even mention it.
  13. At first blush, you appear to possess an acute lack of awareness. But that's not what's really happening here. First, you bait people with an obvious politically polarizing stance, and then accuse them of not having a sense of humor if they're unhappy with you diverting an otherwise interesting discussion. The worst kind of passive aggressive that belongs somewhere other than this forum.
  14. This unit came about in large part because many people said they really liked the ERX but wanted a similar IFB receiver with more range and more solid reception than a 2.4gHz signal could offer. Therefore, it's a UHF unit -- however that obviously means it's not a Zaxnet receiver since Zaxnet is sent via 2.4gHz. Instead, it is designed to receive audio and time code from any Zaxcom UHF transmitter, using any modulation, and tunable via programmable presents. This means, for instance, that you can listen to each wireless rig as you're placing it on talent, or you can use it as a camera hop receiver by tuning to the transmission from a camera link transmitter.
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