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Doug Beatty

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  1. Great read, and I really like the mic mod! I too have found that the suspension system leaves a lot to be desired, and the distro box XLR pigtails are much too short and cannot be swapped making it extremely awkward to mount. And forget trying to record anything while on the move or in windy conditions because the slightest vibration carries through to the mic. For my setup, I added 2 USB Dual Pre's to create a 4 channel mic-line pre-amp that breaks out into two TA5f. This allows me to power the capsules, independently set levels, and send them to Nomad returns 1-4. I then set up a single analog fader to control all 4 returns. I fit the Brahma breakout box into a Petrol pouch and bongo tied it all together so that the bag on my cart can support all the weight. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works. I question whether EQ'ing prior to running the A Format through X Volver would affect your results. Each mic has its own frequency response and the filter matrix is uniquely tuned to each Brahma. Either way, it's quite a bit of work to get something usable but it's a powerful tool in the right hands.
  2. FWIW, I asked Colleen yesterday about a TRX 942/992 upgrade and got this response: Unfortunately it won't go into those or the AA/900 models. It's a different set of chips on those circuit boards.
  3. It depends on the thickness of the card and the speed of the wheel. If you are hearing ringing from the spokes, try a folded sheet of construction or stationery paper.
  4. Flip a bike upside down and fasten paper/cardboard/baseball/plaing cards to the frame with a clothespin and spin the wheel. Move the card in to get a heavier wing and out to get a lighter wing.
  5. I also attended LSC's event today. Unfortunately, the unit was on pre-release firmware. As such, everything here needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, onto my initial thoughts after a hands on demo. PROS 1. Size/weight: Amazing amount of inputs and outputs for a unit that looks smaller than a 633 to my eye. Also, the build quality is a marked improvement over the H series with it's aluminum chassis 2. Routing flexibility and I/O: In addition to the 8(!) combo XLR-TRS Mic/Line inputs, you have two sub outputs and two main outputs (both of which are mic/line switchable). Sub outs are on a locking stereo 1/8 connector and main outs are on TA3s (TA3-XLR breakouts are included in the package). There is also a built in slate mic, but my small gripe is that I was unable to disable it on any of the card tracks so it appears to be an all or nothing venture. 3. Mic Pres: I auditioned an MKH50 and they are far better than the H series. Nothing extraordinarily punchy, but no longer embarrassingly bad. I won't know exactly how much better they are until it's released and I can load in some files for critical listening. I'll leave it at that since the box that they come in has 'Zoom' printed on it which is Japanese for 'eye-roll' and 'knee-jerk reaction.' CONS 1. Trims: I agree with RJ that it is a poor choice to have hardware pots assigned to trim vs. faders. In order to fade a track you have to press the menu dial, scroll the cursor to the desired input, press the menu dial again, and scroll the menu dial. This eliminates any possibility of using this unit in the bag. Alternatively you can use an iPad to access all software faders at your fingertips, but the app will not give you tactile feedback that hardware faders provide for critical mixing. Zoom would be foolish not to consider designing an FP8 like panel that attaches a hardware fader panel to the expansion port. Additionally, the input trim pots are plastic and are the weakest part of the build IMO. 2. Headphone Routing: You have to go 3 menu levels deep to adjust headphone routing. Also, there are no user presets. Again, this is a huge deal if you are considering an F8 as your front end mixer. A dedicated PFL button for each channel is a nice addition, but this needs to be changed in a firmware update or it's another potential deal breaker. 3. TC I/O Placement: it's on the bottom, so unless your bag has a latch or you are using this on a rack you have to dig it out to jam. Inconvenient, but there just isn't enough room anywhere else on the unit I suppose. Overall: Even with the warts, you are getting so much for $1K that I would think this is no doubt going to be a huge seller.
  6. It's a long shot, but did you try going into the factory menu to confirm the IFB mode is set to TX. I have a TRX992 that wouldn't receive an IFB feed and I figured it out by going to the secret menu (press down six times on the lock screen) and setting it from TX only to RX. Obviously in your case it would be to TX only with TX to RX disabled.
  7. Hi Jeff, The website update broke the link to the old RSS feed and my site aggregator does not recognize the 'New Content' page as valid. Is there a new RSS feed I can sub in for the old one?
  8. Using my display name solved it, thanks for the nudge in the right direction.
  9. I think that may be it, Jeff. My login is different than my display name. If possible, would you be able to merge the two so that my display name is also my log in? Thanks for the lightning fast response!
  10. I like the new site design and features, however, I am stuck in a password reset loop whenever I jump from desktop version of chrome to mobile. I delete the auto-fill fields and manually re-type my username and password, but I am unable to log in. The reverse is true if I reset my password on mobile Chrome and jump to desktop I will be locked out on my PC. It's a real pain having to reset every time to log in when jumping platforms. I had no issues with this on the previous site build.
  11. ​I think what you are getting at is the ability to manually adjust volume output without being in the extended menu. As of now, you can step volume up and down, but to do this you have to switch the volume mode from variable to fixed gain and then choose the output level. There is no way to do this without being in the extended menu.
  12. Route your primary card mix track to Tape/IFB out, or route it via an output bus.
  13. If only there were a document that could tell you exactly how this is done...I'd probably start on page 25 if such a document existed.
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