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Jim Feeley

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  1. Have you all checked out the Museum of Obsolete Media? Not super deep in any one format, but info on LOTs of formats, and good links. And the guy does actually collect examples. Fun: https://obsoletemedia.org Welcome to the Museum of Obsolete Media The home for over 725 current and obsolete physical media formats, covering audio, video, film and data storage. The Museum preserves the memory of those objects that held our memories, and every format listed in the Museum is represented by at least one example in the collection.
  2. Shure says their new stuff is aimed at "News gathering. Sports broadcasting. Film recording." More info in about 10 days: https://www.shure.com/en-US/performance-production/shurenext A cute 37-second teaser hints-in-shadows video:
  3. Perhaps your MKH50 is picking up RF noise from the camera? I'd guess that's more likely if it's a fairly old model; IIRC Sennheiser addressed some of those issues 10ish years. Or perhaps a screw is loose by the XLR connector? I just searched this site. Looks like some good info and suggestions in this thread from several years ago:
  4. Oh gosh. 'Nomadland' director's tribute to sound mixer Michael Wolfe Snyder Director Chloe Zhao said she didn't wear headphones during the filming of the movie because she trusted Snyder. The sound mixer committed suicide after battling with depression. Six minutes:
  5. I'd guess Deity ran into some supply-chain issues like many others, had some regulatory issues with the FCC et al, or wanted to fix some performance issues they uncovered. All a bummer, but better late and good than on time and crappy. But ya, it would be good to hear a clear statement of what the delay is and a realistic estimate of when everything will be released. Deity doesn't need to tell us anything, but in this space it's important for vendors to build a sense of trust.
  6. So many ways to handle this. Here's one compact and clever way, from a Bubblebee Industries promo video posted last week: And here's the page for International Dawn Chorus Day, which I hadn't heard of before. But perhaps following some links will lead you to some other ideas: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/dawn-chorus-day
  7. Perhaps contact the US distributor of Sanken mics, plus24. Might get a faster response from them: https://www.plus24.net/support/ Or someone here will chime in...
  8. No reasons to challenge Rick, but Michael maybe contact AT's US office which appears to be just down the road from you: https://www.audio-technica.com/en-us/contact
  9. I'm not a fan of Dropbox, but most of my complaints are with their web and their app interfaces. So I usually access Dropbox through Transit, the file-transfer app from Panic. It's still maintained and makes working with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, RackSpace, etc. a lot easier, faster, and more reliable. It's a Mac app, but I'd think there's a Windows equivalent https://panic.com/transmit/ So anyway, perhaps Viviana Cloud avoids most of (my) issues with Dropbox. But ya, support for more services would be great. Congrats Turi and team!
  10. Now that's progress! Remember when you needed an ARP 2500, a tie, and a VP of engineering to communicate with aliens? Soon there will be a smartphone app for that...
  11. Not a blimp, but Rycote makes a little windjammer/fuzzy that fits the 4097: https://mymic.rycote.com/products/lavalier-solutions/lavalier-windjammer/dpa-4099-mini-windjammer/ DPA bundles that in their 4097 interview kit: https://www.dpamicrophones.com/gooseneck/4097-interview-kit
  12. Justin, the Sennheiser G4 systems operate in the 470-600MHz range (different models for different ranges). Maybe you're thinking of the Sennheiser AVX systems which are 1.9GHz. Or maybe another model from them? In 2.4 GHz, I've seen a lot of chat about the Deity Connect systems, but I don't think I know anyone who owns them. And I think they're currently backordered. The prices and features are impressive, I just personally don't know about the performance. There have been plenty of YouTube reviews, but I haven't seen (and haven't really looked for) any that I found convincingly authoritative. Does anyone here have plenty of experience using the Deity Connect systems for say 10+ days? Bonus points if you used it on jobs. As for booming three people behind a table, especially if they're socially distanced, sounds hard to me. Unless everything is planned ahead and you can get the presenters to speak in turn, cue you before they speak, etc... Uhg. Can you use wired lavs, or as Phil recommends, just rent wireless? You can get complete Lectro and Zax kits from Trew and Gotham and others (I've used rentals from T&G and they provided great kits with all the bits I needed; they aren't the only options, though), and you can get Sennheiser G4-class stuff from BorrowLenses and their competitors. I've never rented audio from BL, but did rent a Sony FS7mkII (no mkII models at our local camera houses), and it was a decent kit. So I'd be willing to rent from BL again... One last thing: What sort of scientific equipment will they be explaining or demoing? Is it loud and/or does it emit lots of radio interference that would mess up your wireless mics? And if it does emit RF, do you have a backup plan to capture clear dialog? Our job is to make things sound great....and if that's not possible, to have the equipment and experience to make it sound acceptable. Good luck!
  13. Great news! Congrats Phil (and all of you vaccinated people). Also, from our local newspaper/website: Don't freak out about 'weird' COVID-19 vaccine side effects. They may actually be a good sign. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong wants people to stop worrying so much about the myriad reports of side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at UCSF and the director of the school’s immunocompromised host infectious diseases program, is concerned that people are paying too much attention to the side effects of the shot. [snip] “It is your immune system being trained like elite Navy SEALs,” he said. “It’s just thinking about your immune system being primed, is really the healthy way to think about it. The same cells that cause you to feel like that are the ones that are going to be called to the battle when the real COVID comes along.” And, he jokes, of course your body’s going to be pretty peeved that it has to put in work to make sure you don’t get ill — and acts up in a small way. Rest of the article: https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/Weird-COVID-vaccine-side-effect-UCSF-effective-16022325.php And a big-words article with related info: Delayed Large Local Reactions to mRNA-1273 Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2102131?query=featured_home Jim "only one in my family not vaccinated yet" Feeley
  14. Oh good luck! I recall some decent conversations about hearing-loss issues over on gs. Perhaps the like-minded people over there can share some experience and advice... https://www.gearslutz.com/board/search.php But mostly, I hope everything works out for you!
  15. Guys, it's been 12 years. The shoot is probably over. Even Boyhood would be finished by now. 😘
  16. March 3, 2021 is World Hearing Day From the WHO, this years them is: Hearing Care for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-hearing-day/2021 The WHO will launch their World Report on Hearing at 11h00 – 12h—CET https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2021/03/03/default-calendar/launch-of-the-world-report-on-hearing And in conjunction with World Hearing Day, Apple is releasing a study: Apple Hearing Study shares new insights on hearing health https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/03/apple-hearing-study-shares-new-insights-on-hearing-health/
  17. Lenny and The Squigtones! That's the second time this week that band has come up in conversation. I agree with you Michael: They were ahead of their time, and not just in mic choice. 😉 In highschool I bought their live album...to make fun of it. But despite the intentionally goofy songs, the playing was pretty good. Here they are on American Bandstand playing a couple tunes. But the big win/reveal starts at 3:30, where between songs, they introduce the band. I think it was that guitarist's first public appearance.
  18. I think I'm done discussing the patent issues. Beyond my area of knowledge, and several people on this board whom I like chatting with (and who build products I depend on) are personally involved (as we all know). And even more people here have really strong opinions about all this. I think patents and intellectual property in general is fascinating, but I hope I didn't get carried away and contribute to vitriol. If I did, I apologize. But if anyone on this board buys a Rode GO II system, I'd love to know what you think of the system...
  19. There was also a Rodecaster (also a DA-40, etc) at the end of the first episode of WandaVision. Lots of people noticed: Fewer noticed the RF Explorer in a later episode. But I cracked up. As did someone else who grabbed a screenshot:
  20. Perhaps this should go in The Post Place? 😉 (I hadn't seen this before)
  21. Maybe. But we'd have to read through that long document I linked to as well as perhaps the documents in Zaxcom vs Teac and other cases, and through some of Zaxcom's other patents. I think this is at least some of them: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=Zaxcom&FIELD1=ASNM&co1=AND&TERM2=&FIELD2=&d=PTXT And then --this is the hard part-- we'd have to understand everything and view it all through lawyers' and judges' eyes. Anyway, I'm interested to learning what informed users think of the Rode GO II system once they get their hands and ears on a system. I'm not planning on buying one. But I think like all of us, I'll be asked about it. So advanced thanks to those of you who will try this system.
  22. So again, I'm not an attorney, but I've covered courts and been professionally involved in copyright and trademark cases (luckily as an employee of a big corporation; in both cases we prevailed). That mainly means I have a PACER account and I know how to do searches on the USPTO website. Below is the conclusion from the decision on a motion to amend in a Lectrosonics vs. Zaxcom case that was handed down in Jan, 2020. In the case (as I understand it), Lectro was challenging a Zax patent. Is it the same patent that relates to Rode's new GO II? I don't know. But there is some interesting stuff about how the USPTO viewed the challenge in this case. And here's a link to the whole judgment: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Lectrosonics%2C Inc. v. Zaxcom%2C Inc.%2C IPR2018-01129 (Paper 33).pdf Has anything happened in the dispute since then? I don't know, but the obviousness/nonobviousness issue has been debated. Did the patent judges come to the right decision? I have no idea. The "long-felt need and especially industry praise weigh heavily in the favor of nonobviousness" bit stands out. [Edit- to be clear, it looks this whole legal thing and related legal things aren't over. The key point about how obviousness gets decided is still illuminating, though.] Here's an excerpt from the conclusion:
  23. If Rode enables simultaneous record-and-transmit on the Rode GO II transmitters available in the US (a feature that appears to require enabling through Rode's RODE Central Mac/Win software and may not be available at launch...just guessing on that last bit), then I'd guess that could be because of a couple of reasons. Disclaimer: I am not a patent attorney (just so we're all clear 🙂). Rode/Freedman is a lot bigger than Zaxcom, so they can probably "encourage" Zaxcom to talk. I'd think they wouldn't want to get into a bit legal battle where they'd have to spend a fair amount of money and and possible lose (at least in the US). Tascam/Teac is also a lot bigger than Zaxcom, but their US sales aren't huge and the DR-10 body pack recorder isn't a core product for them. So Tascam may have thought, "Why keep fighting?" How many US sales of DR-10 recorders did they lose in the US because the US version didn't have pass through? I'd guess not all that many. Lectro, Audio Ltd, etc are direct competitors to Zaxcom, and unlike Tascam wireless is super important to each company (duh). So I can see why Zax wouldn't want to license their patent to those companies. And I can see why Lectro et al wouldn't want to spend lots of money (and esp lots of time) in a legal fight with a risk of losing. Rode's GO wireless isn't a direct competitor to anything Zaxcom makes. I mean is anyone considering a Zax system going to be choose a GO system over something from Zax? Yes, I recall a couple days ago someone here was considering replacing his ERX (IIRC) with GO II for a camera hop, but I think he changed his mind pretty quickly. So perhaps Zax will be more open to a chat with Rode about licensing. Rode will probably sell a zillion GO II systems. So even a low-cost-per-unit license could generate a lot of revenue for Zaxcom, and keep Rode from having an uncertain grip on their ability to offer what they see as a key feature in their inexpensive wireless system. Bottom line: I have no inside information and I'm just guessing. I have no idea how this will really play out. Credit cookie: How does Deity fit into all this?
  24. What's the real-world range and reliability of the TX as it deals with bodies, objects, etc? IIRC, for some earlier Rode wireless system, TX output was like 10mW. And that's at 2.4GHz, which used to have like half the range of UHF. Anyone: feel free to correct me; is 2.4GHz tech better these days? I get that it'll be less of an issue for hops, and geez the price is attractive. And Rode says their TX can record as they transmit. So we'll have to see how the Zaxcom patent issues play out, won't we? Again, not an issue for hops. Despite all that stuff, I'm really curious to see if these work for you Justan.
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