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  1. Bash


    I believe that Nova has 'hooks' for bag use at the bottom. Just to expalin about the 'faders'. The knobs are in fact 'encoders' - this means that they revolve through 360 - they go round and round and round. The knob is surrounded by a circle of (colour changing) leds. This means that we can 'flip' the 5 rotary faders, like flipping the banks on a grown up flatbed mixer. When you flip the leds will show you where the 'knob' is meant to be. It is easier to demonstarte than to explain in an email. You can have a number of levels of 'flip'. So - it should/could be possible to have a layer of flip that will be, say, 'input trims', and others that could be 'mix levels' - the leds could even change colour to indicate that for instance red = input trims, where green = mix levels. The possibilities are huge. This is a really clever feature, and could be very exciting.You could, like on big flatbed digital mixers, even have custom layers of flip, where you decide for yourself what each encoder does. Exciting times - congratulations to Zaxcom - it looks like a really interesting product. Simon B
  2. Hi Danny, and welcome. It’s not so much that you are in the wrong tavern, perhaps more that you have walked up to the bar and asked the bartender along the lines of... ‘I have some cheap LIDL gin,and a soda stream, some Ikea glasses, I can bash a tune out on a piano, and I cook a mean cheese toastie. What should I do in order to get your job 😉 I understand that you are young, keen, and doing stuff with your (equally young and keen??) pals. I get it that you are ‘the sound department’. I also understand that in these modern times, with modern kit and software, it might seem/look like it is possible to do many or all of the jobs in the sound department, to do them well, and to do an amazing job of all of them. It might seem that way, but it is unlikely to work out like that. Many of the people here have specialised not only in a particular field (ie location recording), but also a specific genre (ie commercials, TV drama, feature films). They have, literally, honed their skills in their chosen field for many, many, years. They are at the top of their game, like the very best of the F1 drivers, or similar. Most often they have done that because they have found that the practicalities of multi skilling, of fitting in the ‘shooting’ schedule of the next job, with the post production schedule of the previous job, with the delivery schedule of the job before that, simply do not work out in their favour. It just doesn’t work in a diary. I realise that you (by your own admission) are at the start of your journey, so it may be that you and your mates are doing one job at a time, and for now you can see one job through before starting to shoot the next. Long may that continue, but believe me if you get popular, or you get booked on a long shoot (many, many, weeks on a series or similar) and the post needs to be started before you have finished the shoot, it all goes to pot and you’ll end up needing to choose your specialism. I really hope that one day you are busy enough to have to make that decision. In the mean time...... May I first of all suggest that you have some humility? If you are going to come on here and ask a bunch of pretty much top professionals how they do what they do, then please be prepared to humour us if some of us fail to give you the answers you asked for. I would advise against pissing off or answering back any of the responses you were given above. If you don’t like the answer, then shut up and suck it up, or say thanks and move on. People have long memories. We remember the modest folks, who asked nicely, and thanked us for sharing our wisdom. Not only do we remember those folks - we have helped and nurtured and encouraged them along the way. We have accepted them as the new blood, as the padwan in our craft. I hate to judge, but you have only made two posts in this thread, and I think you made two people pissed off already. That’s not a good start 😞 So now some advice.... Find one or some mentors, there are good people near you in Bristol - do some homework and see if you can find out who they are. Go to social and industry events in and around your area (see if you can find out about the sound department drinks in Bristol each month). See who you can get on with at these events, and nurture those relationships. See if there are mixers based locally (there are a few) who might take you out on shoots and show you how it works. Talk to people who work in post in Bristol, Cardiff, or Birmingham, and see if they might have you in to see how their sessions work. Join an industry group/guild/body. The Institute of Professional Sound is a good one, based in the UK, see www.ips.org.uk. I used to be the Chairman so I am biased. Other industry groups are available. DO NOT assume that a free group will cut it. The IPS is a non profit organisation, we charge fees to be a member, and we plough as much of the fee income back into training events as we possibly can (the IPS is run almost entirely by volunteer labour). Our next training event is a weekend of presentations on Audio over IP, (DANTE, AES67, AVB, etc... to you and I). It is open to members and non members (they pay more) and it will, I know, be brilliant. It is in a couple of weeks time - you should be there..... you will learn stuff and meet people. I wonder if your original question is just too broad.... ‘I have a Bosch drill and a really good set of very sharp knives. What do I need to know to be a brain surgeon’. Why not start with just a few specific questions, possibly as different threads, that are not quite so far reaching..... ‘Do any of you compress your mix track on your location recordings? What are your favourite settings?’, ‘What do you do to stop the music fighting the dialogue in the final mix?’ - even these questions may have huge and many and far reaching answers. Remember the 10,000 hour rule - you wil never be an expert at it until you have done it for 10,000 hours. It hurts, but generally, in almost every field, it is true. If you want to be an expert in location, post, and music, then that’ll be 30,000 hours please.... See you on the other side. One last thing.... if ou’re going to be writing the music, then FFS refer to yourself as a composer. - it is not just ‘doing the music’ for the shoot. My mother is a composer, she has made her living at it for something over 65 years. She will be 89 this year. She practices the piano every day, to this day, for 90 or more minutes, and she tells me regularly that she learns something every time she plays and or puts pen to paper. Good luck Danny O’Caster - I’ll be watching out for you at an industry doo soon. Come find me... I’ll buy you a pint. Oh... and remember the words to the crew, by the (very foreign, big accent) director on a BBC drama shoot some years ago..... ‘You lot all think I know fuck nothing..... but you are wrong... I know fuck all’ 😉 Good luck with the attitude, boy 😉 Simon B
  3. i quite agree Vincent, but I have just bought a pile of them for fixing aerials onto lamp stands/trolley etc... and they cost me less than one Ambient 😉 sb
  4. https://www.gravitystands.com/en/products/accessories/2914/ms-qc-1-b Surprisingly good, and stoopid cheap 😉 sb
  5. What we have to understand here is the difference between a mixer (which has pre amps, mixing circuits, output stages, faders etc....) and a fader panel, which is simply a box with some faders on, which communicates the position of the fader to the (separate) mixer/recorder. Remember that no audio passes through an FP8, it merely sends some fader values to the Maxx/Nomad/Deva. In truth I think it should be said that there is very little chance indeed that you will get an FP4 or anything similar for your Nomad. Until recently very few manufacturers in our field have allowed non proprietary panels to work with their kit. I can understand that decision, but it should also be pointed out that their are protocols out their for (midi style) fader panels which work for DAWs. Sound Devices have tapped into this for the Mix Pre Series, and it seems to be working for them quite well.Unfortunately the Nomad and Maxx series are quite mature now, so I suspect any future developments. especially external units, are unlikely as the potential forward sales will be low.
  6. Zaxcom panels are somewhat proprietary, and I know of no other panels that will work with Zaxcom kit. I also believe that Zaxcom kit will only 'see' one panel connected to it. I am sorry if this is not the answer you were looking for. Simon B
  7. Everything Audio in London have pretty much .... everything!!!
  8. Malcolm Davies was already a legend in UK sound recording circles, when I was 'a boy' (as he would have referred to me) on my way up into the industry some.... well .... 35 years ago. He was ... ubiquitous... omnipresent.... and all over the place. He did loads of work on the Isle of Man (a tiny tax haven island just off the west coast of England), during the 10 or 15 years that there was much film production there on account of tax breaks for productions to shoot there. Malcolm was fantastically generous with his abundant knowledge, which he was genuinely more than happy to share at any opportunity. Malcolm was always interested in the nuts and bolts of sound recording. He had tidy little sidelines going by buying and selling sound blankets, and also making Ursta'esque sound trolleys. Malcolm was one of THE most keen and fired up sound recordists I have ever come across. I am genuinely not sure what his age was when he died last week (ironically he died only a day or two before his birthday), but within the last 6 or 8 months, when I put a shout out on 'the social media' for a second unit recordist and team in Manchester, the first reply was from Malcolm.... 'I'm free' or words to that effect. I bought a few items of kit from Malcolm a couple of years ago. When the package arrived, I opened it to find that Malcolm had included a pile of extra accessory stuff, all totally pertinent to the stuff I had actually paid for, with a note to say 'you might as well have this stuff as it will be no use to me'. The number of fond memories of Malcolm here in the UK (forums etc..) has been extraordinary. He really di touch many, many people's lives. Malcolm went quiet on the UK forums about 6 or 8 months ago. When he resurfaced it turned out he had had (I think it was) quadruple heart bypass surgery. As soon as he was able to do so he was back on the forums here, and we were glad to have him back. His 'Friday stories' of times past, were legendary over here in the UK. He had great and good wit, and was always glad to call out 'production' when they were being asurd. Malcolm was absolutely one of the 'Good Guys'. I am so very sad to be saying goodbye to Malcolm Davies - he was an absolute legend around these parts. Simon Bishop
  9. I genuinely wish you the best of luck, but..... I am intrigued as to how you have come to this decision... love... lust... stupidity......??? Give us a few clues.. In which genre do you work? What circumstances have brought you to the conclusion that the UK is 'the place to be' ? What was dissappointing you in your career in the (I make an assumption) US? What research have you done? Might I asume that you have a UK relative, so can get through the 'ability to work' thing. I really do wish you the best of luck. I really hope that you are arriving with already in place contacts 😉 sb
  10. I have a WrineX charger for my NP50s and it is absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend it highly enough. On the topic of 'stuff' that might look entirely similar to OEM stuff..... I have a pal who used to own a company making LED lights for film and TV. He had deals with numerous LED manufacturers, Philips, Cree, etc..... Part of his deal stated that the LEDs would have to be delivered to him with no more than a certain (very small) percentage of colour difference between the entire LED delivery that came to him. The manufacturer tested and graded the LEDs, taking out something like the top 2% to go to my mate's company. This was expensive, but not so much as buying the 'cheaper', less accurate coloured LEDs, and throwing out the 'bad ones'. As an aside.... he wouldn't make an LED lamp that way nowadays. Now he would design with built in self colour checking, and some sort of fuzzy logic along the lines of 'more red, less blue' until the (measured) target colour is reached..... On the topic of QC.... I recently worked on a dance dhow where the audience get to 'vote' if they like what they are seeing. Each seat has a small led ringlight on a stick - the 'ring' sits above the occupant's shoulder. When they vote the ring changes colour. The lights add somewhat to the overall lightshow for the show. I got talking to the chap from the company who had supplied the entire voting system, including the ringlights. He told me that had pulled the whole system together in about 14 or so weeks, from commission to delivery, though they had done the design work in advance, and had taken the precaution of lining up a Chinese manufacturer to make the (some thousands of) led populated boards for the rings. They deliberately over ordered, knowing that there would be failures 'out of the box'. They nearly didnt make the delivery, on account of the failure rate, which was, apparently, nearly 50% !!!!! Regards, Simon B
  11. My life is so very much better since I gave up on RAMPS. I am so very happy not to have to read the bile that Roberto and Oleg used to sling at each other 😉
  12. I have an 8050 which has been in the bag for years, almost entirely unused, on account of my not possessing a mount/windshield for it that could deal with handling noise. I have recently bought a Cinela Cosi for it, and I am mightily impressed. It seems to work very well indeed.
  13. I hate to mention this Jon, as I am very much enjoying being a SD owner/user again, but....... when you say '.... and we will make this right, as we have since the early days....' - I feel I have to ask about the glitchy recording when using the USB Pre Mk1 - I believe that was not necessarily a soft/firmware issue, but to my knowledge it was never solved, hence I am still the slightly disgruntled owner of a USB Pre Mk1 which is effectively useless - the only thing it is good for is as a D to A...... I believe the problem was the chip, not made by SD, but I don't think that product was your finest...... From a very rainy London, Simon B
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