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Jesse Flaitz

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  1. Each shelf can be customized to size at time of order, but I don't think they can be adjusted after the fact. Here it is on the cart.
  2. Anyone else use the Film Devices Rack n Bag setup? It's extremely expensive, but well made. I purchased it specifically because I don't like using an enclosed bag on the cart as I prefer access to the connectors. I use a PSC Eurocart that is mostly in pieces right now preparing for a movie, but this will be on the top shelf as a kind of open bag rig. Dual battery distros that can be swapped from cart power to bag power in a few minutes. I'll add more pics as I progress the build.
  3. I bought this piece almost two years ago. Feels like being a sound mixer mid movie sometimes. Oil on canvas.
  4. Two commercial jobs so far, both with strict social distancing and masks for everyone, face shields for those in close contact with talent. Reduced crews, doors open to the studio and both Zoom and Discord feeds to remote clients. I'll just call it a nightmare.
  5. All my wireless are block 19-22, I set the dipoles at near max length and dont need to adjust. They are quite fantastic in that way, as Larry said above, since they cover ~100Mhz. "Exact" quarter wave or half wave antennas would never work out given how often we need to adjust frequencies, it's always an average across a bandwidth. The SNA600 more than cover the averages of multiple blocks. I have 4 of them and use them for various wireless applications with great success. I do want to test out the new Betso bow ties to test them against the SNAs, but from other reviews it seems they are more or less comparable.
  6. Awesome, thanks a lot for the comparison tracks. This adaptive NR software boom is really fantastic. I'm still not telling clients there are increasingly acceptable post fixes to bad locations though haha. Fix it now!
  7. Where are all these disparaging posts you speak of? Who is exaggerating problems? This whole post seems unnecessary and comes off as insecure. You should probably just let your equipment speak for itself rather than appearing to get defensive over a FAQ post from a competitor.
  8. Wow fantastic, didn't know about Pro Tools First, thanks for that.
  9. I use Reaper on Mac OS. Its cheap, around $60, and has more functionality than Audition. It has it's own quirks and such, but over all its a much easier interface than something like Pro Tools, also much more convenient and cheaper.
  10. Also I recommend an update to v8.1 or later, it requires two steps to update firmware, but adds a lot of features specifically into the channel setup menus that are nice among other things.
  11. I can't help but laugh at these things. Seems such a strange decision to design an input that way. I also haven't looked into it at all, there might be some huge brain design reason for them do it. Another $300 in cables, and better make those lemos right angle haha.
  12. Hah I agree, the Zaxcom FB group was the only thing I still wanted from the platform. Facebook as a whole isn't worth it for me either.
  13. Excellent review, thanks for the write up.
  14. Update for those interested: 1 new COS-11 2 new transmitters 1 fully rebuilt transmitter 1 transmitter just needed a tune up 1 transmitter no damage. Production payed direct or reimbursed everything. Took about 6 weeks total. Results: Pain in the ass, but everything worked out. Hope production learned a lesson... doubt it. Thanks for the advice everyone.
  15. Thanks for the advice and experience from everyone. As it stands they will replace the damaged lav and pay for inspections/repairs at the factory. If it had been salt water I would have demanded replacement of all equipment full stop. As it was rain water, and I'd reasonably waterproofed the TX as best I could, I don't think I'll be able to justify the $10,000 to replace everything. I might be able to if I pushed really hard, but I'm not sure it's worth it in the long run. Probably $2000 total in repairs and replacements and production is paying out of pocket. I'm sending receipts with ACH info and will be paid via direct deposit. I offered to pick up the check in person and drop off the damaged COS-11, but I think they'd prefer I not come around their office hah.
  16. Thanks Philip, in addition to the COS-11 I'll have them send my transmitters back to be inspected just to be sure. Shouldn't cost them much. I will be in contact with camera dpt, they lost a camera and some monitors/teradeks Copy that, makes a lot of sense. Thank you.
  17. Added it to OP, critical content/quidnet Media
  18. I must say once again how impressed I am with the manufacturing quality of our sound equipment. Despite being sopping wet in 30 minutes of torrential downpours, after putting them on rice for 48 hours I only lost one COS-11. Everything else works fine. I only had nexcare tape on the TA5 and SMA connectors for sweat protection. ZMT and SMQVs working perfect, bravo to Zax and Lectro. At this point they'll just hand me $400 cash for a new mic and that's it. A bit underwhelming, kinda wanted some SMWBs
  19. So finally happened, Critical Content/Quidnet Media decided to keep shooting in the remnants of hurricane Barry in NYC. Torrential down pour with my wireless on talent. My company is a loss payee on productions insurance, but I've not filed a claim like this before and I want to make sure I do it right. I've run into serious friction with the production and I'm not trying to let them screw me out of replacement transmitters. After the most shit show of a day I've seen in a while I told production not to hire me again, and the next day they fired the main mixer on the show who brought me on in the first place. So I'm not interested in helping them out. 4x SMQV and 1x ZMT were in the rain. I've had the transmitters on rice for 48 hours (unplugged lavs, and removed battery doors) and I'm about to go through and test all the transmitters and lav mics. Regardless of functionality I'm pushing to have them all replaced. If there is the slightest issues I'm sending them back to Lectro and Zaxcom for repairs. As a loss payee on insurance can I file the claim myself? or do I still have to go through production? The PO is in NYC so worst case I can walk into their office and make them file the claim if I run into the smallest issue on my end, but I'd like to not have contact with them if I can help it. Any tips on insurance claims are very helpful, thank you much.
  20. Audio wireless has a new distro and shark fin set up that has selectable band frequencies from 470-1000. 4 modes that can isolate different spectrum bands. That being said, it should be set to 940 band or lower bands, using mode 4 (opens whole distro to 470-1000) would likely be problematic anywhere with remotely heavy RF interference. https://www.gothamsound.com/product/dadm226-diversity-antenna-distribution-module https://www.gothamsound.com/product/digitally-tuned-active-antenna
  21. Very true, I'm just stating my experience was without IFB functions. Didn't mean for it to sound like Zaxnet control wasn't possible, should have specified QRX200. I know more than one mixer with full zax wireless and 6 series SD and it all plays very nice. It is a bigger commitment than if the mixer already had a Zax recorder.
  22. I've use my ZMTs and QRX200 with a SD recorder and it works perfect. You do lose out on the benefits of Zaxnet but, in my opinion, it depends on the job and work flow whether that matters. I don't find it a big deal to manually adjust parameters on the ZMT. If you have a 16gb micro SD .zax files will record like 200 hours or something crazy so the lack of auto record function isn't a huge deal. The ZMT on the boom is just fantastic and I'd say worth it regardless of zaxnet functionality. Using ZMTs as bodypack TX would make me want zaxnet more than using ZMT as wireless boom to take advantage of sleep and remote gain functions.
  23. I have to say how impressive the Cosi is with my miniCMIT. I've only just picked it up but I'd say it's well worth the money. Not perfectly transparent, but easily an improvement over the rycote softie I had and more practical for day to day work than my pianissimo zep. The Ossix mounts are hard to weatherproof and the Cosi solves this problem well. I wouldn't use it for rain machine days or anything but a light rain is fine. The miniCMIT will probably live in the Cosi now with maybe few exceptions.
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