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  1. Has anyone been using the industrial CF cards with SMART enabled capabilities? I'd love to be able to use a drive-health monitoring system like DriveDX but don't want to invest in the SMART cards if they don't perform well in Zaxcom recorders. Cheers, Evan
  2. I have successfully used a wireless boom for bag work over the last 5 years or so and I love it. The HMa 50mW setting worked well — however, I only ever turned it on when I needed it, so it was never just powered up and next to my bag on standby. Since I’ve phased out most of my daily lectros, I’ll likely be getting a ZMT/ph setup for my nova. I’m currently back to using a hard-wired pole and it’s a drag for mobility — I miss my wireless boom. That being said, if you’re considering cutting the cord on your boom for docu/bag work, the most important caveat I’ve discovered is: Don’t forget it on location. It seems obvious, but in the beginning days of my untethered freedom I almost left it behind at a dark restaurant. Someone else I know who uses wireless boom left theirs resting against the crew van once… that didn’t end well. Cheers, Evan
  3. Yeah I saw that too and instead found that CVS carries them for ~$7.50 CVS > Walmart? Meh. Almost nothing is mom and pop anymore so it was the lesser of two evils (in my eyes). And I feel CVS is generally a safer bet with less maskholes walking around mouth-breathing for freedom. Cheers, Evan Oh— and +1 on the Zeiss fog defender. It’s amazing. I sent over a dozen of them out as holiday gifts for my spectacled friends.
  4. I’ve had quite few gigs where cam and audio had to be completely incognito and have tried many different varieties of rigs - from a Maxx in a messenger bag to a 788 in a stroller - and the most effective and comfortable I’ve used is a backpack+app combo. I had an F8 and 2xSRbs in the least conspicuous, padded camera backpack I could find, then mixed it all from the zoom Bluetooth app on my iPad mini (and even the phone sometimes). I looked like just another obliviously self absorbed dude standing around staring at my palm god... worked like a charm. I’m not too familiar with whatever mobile interface SD is using, but if it’s anything like Zoom’s I would recommend exploring the backpack route. Cheers, Evan
  5. I have a few mini-Maglights with company names on them. Still use them to this day. On a more humorous note, one year I produced a CD (yes, it was that long ago) as an end-of-the-year gift for all my clients. It was titled “The Very Best of Room Tone” and it was ~30 clips of silence with various titles like “St Patrick’s Cathedral” and “Sara’s Living Room” .... It was huge hit with the production companies and I still randomly get a mention of it on set to this day. Sometimes being remembered for creativity is better than handing out another flashlight. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  6. oh it’s far from any real dynamic applications for sure, but just wait... once this idea gets more mainstream attention, we’ll be inundated with requests for Comteks with “ear bubbles”. 🙄
  7. Obvious subject hyperbole aside, this tech is truly fantastic. The 1st link is a brief showcase and some talk from the founders. The 2nd link has more info on how it actually creates the sound pockets. I haven’t done a deep dive into the specs yet— I’m curious about the noise cancellation abilities. It would be great if you could dial in the immersion intensity so users can control how much of the outside world you hear... https://noveto.com Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  8. hahahaha the original garage rock
  9. The depth of technical detail they published is truly astounding. Somewhere in one of the articles there was mention of using the data to recreate the effects in a home studio. I’d love to try it. cheers, Evan
  10. Very interesting read about how scientists explored and recreated the unique acoustics of Stonehenge. This first article is the broad strokes: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stonehenge-acoustics-sounds-voices-music For those that want a deep dive into the details, here’s the actual findings report: (It’s a little dry, but the specs are there. It‘ll be fun to recreate the effects in my comp— I’ll get to it one of these days....) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440320301394 Cheers, Evan
  11. We can certainly support it because it’s an open source thing (that the company really wants everyone to adopt). We would just have to build code for it. I think my partner can put out an ndi stream from qtake and test around that. I don’t know about the authentication side of it — that’s something I’d have to ask our CTO. We have a pretty extensive list of features we’re working on implementing at the moment, but if there was notable interest in using Tethyr for NDI then I could make a case for pushing its support to the top. Cheers, Evan
  12. We’re in beta testing now and about to roll out a big update in the coming weeks, but you can DM me and I’ll send you a link for a “lite” version of the current interface you can play around with. The cross-platform playlist is a pretty amazing feature. I’ve got playlists stacked with content from a multitude of sources. (When the protests were going full throttle I had a MultiView command center with live-streams from all over the world on my single laptop screen— it was wild.) Once we integrate the APIs for sub services like NetFlix and HuLu, my days of switching back and forth between them all will be pretty much over. **anyone interested can feel free to dm me if you have any questions— I don’t want to hijack this thread if it’s not relevant to the OPs needs** Cheers, Evan
  13. Here’s a fun thing that might not be perfect for your current needs (but it eventually will be 😎).... I helped develop a program called TETHYR which enables you watch multiple streams from different sources simultaneously on a single display. Tethyr harnesses content from different sources and gathers them together in one convenient program, letting otherwise conflicting codes play nicely in a singular interface. Then, you can streamline your workflow by running the content from these different sources simultaneously in the same display, thereby increasing your productivity and effectively eliminating the cumbersome process of switching between applications or screens, as well as cutting costs by removing the need for multiple displays / devices / monitors. The interface has a dynamic MultiView layout where you can watch up to 16 of these separate feeds in one single display (picture a standard multi-cam grid display with one larger Program window, and that’s kind of what the Tethyr interface looks like). It can also support HTML Sites and some other programs (like Google Docs) alongside your other streams so you can actually do work (or enjoy a leisurely scroll on JW Sound) in the Main Window while all the others are still running in the same display. And, you can do it all from a laptop, tablet (or even a smartphone) so that everyone on set can see all the cameras in real-time. (In fact, since the source material is internet based, the agency folks can sit at home and watch your Tethyr display— and stay out of our way.) No more expensive monitors. No more multiple devices. No more switching between apps to see different content from different sources.... just Tethyr everything together! The program actually does so much more than this, but if someone needs to handle multiple feeds from different sources and doesn’t want to buy a dozen monitors, endless runs of cable and other gack, Tethyr is the way to go. So, in your situation: If you can livestream all the camera feeds separately (from VV I suppose), you could Tethyr them and use the MultiView display and save yourself some serious money. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  14. Seriously... 14? Oof. If I need more than ~8 in a bag I’ll use a 2nd bag— and a 2nd Sound Mixer. Cheers, Evan
  15. Once again, this forum proves to be a wealth of useful information & pro tips. Thanks to this thread (and a couple of others on here) I was able to successfully rewire a bunch of lavs for Zax with significantly less turmoil than I would’ve endured had the people before me not shared their experiences. Special shout-out to @John Blankenship for discovering the best Lemo connector option as well as sharing the perfect ground-to-shell technique. After 20+ years in this industry I am still learning new things, and thanks to everyone here it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Cheers, Evan Meszaros
  16. I’ve been using it since its release— I love it. Never had any distortion issues. It stays on the end of my pole for most docu/reality shoots unless I need to switch to the the CS3e. Cheers, Evan
  17. Hiya Mark— This link is dead and was hoping to get my paws on some of that beautiful wire. I know its been four years since this post, but hopefully you have a few specs you could share that would help be narrow down my currently fruitless search? Anything would help: make, model, size, manufacturer, etc.. I need a dozen antennas for my post-mod IFBs and am trying to avoid the price tag of the Lectro/RemoteAudio options. Thanks! Evan EDIT: I just found another thread here for DIY sma antennas where more info on these types of wires is covered. I am curious, though: You wrote in 2018 that you've switched over threaded cables instead of the super-elastic solid wires. Has that been a marked improvement? And if so, which type/size have you found best works with the SMA connectors?
  18. I have always left a small gap. That’s the way it was taught to me 20+ years ago and I haven’t deviated since. Is it beneficial? I can’t say for sure. I haven’t had the time/situation/desire to make comparisons. I have learned nearly everything I know from people better at their craft than me, and rarely question these little tips and tricks gleaned along the way. Cheers, Evan
  19. This is great info— thanks everyone! I’m in the market for a rolling carry-on that fits overhead compartments in smaller regional CRJ planes. The Think Tank Advantage (standard and Plus versions) apparently do fit, however a big benefit of the hard case pelicans/nanuk is that it can double as a seat (which is important for some of the more “interesting” locations I find myself in). I won’t have any issues with overall space on the plane (I usually board in the early groups) but the actual compartment is my biggest concern. Does anyone have first hand experience with the 1535 or Nanuk in the CRJ overhead? Or, do the Think Tank rollers have an interior frame sturdy enough to use as a seat/mixer-perch? Cheers, Evan
  20. I’ve been using this mic as my standard on the end of a pole since it was released with zero issues of overload like you describe. My situations are intensely varied and unpredictable— with laughing, whispering and a (more often than I would prefer) cacophony of screaming children. Cheers, Evan
  21. Dr Sarno is amazing and his books are nothing short of miraculous. I’m glad you’re better now— it’s yet another example of the efficacy of Dr Sarno’s “treatment” and the overall power of the mind. Cheers, Evan
  22. He’s been using this gag since the beginning of the original show. I think I remember hearing a “rub” on one once during a more active bit so I think they use(d) the audio from those exposed lavs. They normally use white tape on dark clothes and black tape on light clothes just for added cringe-effect. It’s such a stupid gag but It always makes me laugh. Cheers, Evan
  23. I don’t mind exposed lavs— they’re barely noticeable. Cheers, Evan
  24. Glenn was quite clear regarding this months ago when you complained about the Nova screen size. I’m pretty sure nothing has changed since then. Cheers, Evan
  25. For a raucous and raunchy surf/garage/punk/rockabilly hybrid, I adore the sound of Poison Ivy and her 1958 Gretsch (6120?) weighed down with heavy strings. When I saw them live she had blackface amps on stage but I remember her saying somewhere that she uses smaller rigs for recording sessions. Anyways here’s some of that original Psychobilly sound: Cheers, Evan
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