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James Arnold

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  1. This is a good point. As a Zaxcom user (of their recorders, IEM and Camlink) I'm keen to jump onto the Nova, but as I lack any of their wireless I have no transmitters to repurpose. The cost of a Nova plus the slot-in receivers AND a whole bunch of TX is just too much. I'd prefer to buy the wireless side first but that's only practical if Zaxcom release a breakout box that will take a slot in RX that can be wired to my Nomad or Maxx (and no, not an RX12 which is large and heavy). I think they'd sell a whole boatload of gear if they made one. Be more competitive with the Wisy.
  2. I'd be curious to see if this came to Nomad. Not holding my breath though.
  3. Excellent news! I wonder if the SRC will have modes that make it easy to listen to G3 and vice versa. Or even Wisycom...
  4. Looking at the legal info Matt dug up elsewhere I think you are correct. A market share of over 30% on a product seems to allow the parent company some restrictions, but buyers are still allowed to 'passively' approach distributors in other EU countries or purchase online. Restricting that appears to break EU law.
  5. I only gave the complete figure in answer to Brickbeards post. It illustrates that the 'almost-the-same' VAT rates as irrelevant to the price differential. Matt has sensibly listed them ex VAT. At current exchange rates between £ and € prices ex VAT on the basic CL12 would be : UK = £1950 ITALY = £1424
  6. That's true Brickbeard. It does say on the website. That would make little difference though as Matt has listed the UK prices as also requiring VAT addition at 20%. Including both countries VAT and based on current exchange rates : UK price basic CL12 = £2340 Nagrit (Italy) CL12 = £1737 Big difference. I think Matt is questioning this pricing because shipping to mainland Europe is roughly the same as the UK. Any additional cost incurred by European standards testing and alteration apply to both countries equally. I'm not sure of Italy's import tax on items, but even with the UK it should only be about 3 to 4% on an item like the CL12. Dealer margins may vary between countries, but are unlikely to reflect the kind of difference Matt is pointing to.
  7. I think the word I'm looking for is 'bugger'. I feel like the Lectro owners when the backlit transmitters came out...
  8. That is a very good question. Glenn? I'd certainly spend the money on new screens even if I have to get new ERX for the locking connector and rubber volume pot.
  9. I think the Oasis looks great, especially for someone just entering the narrative world who may not need a larger desk. Not looking forward to the UK pricing though : /
  10. I've just got a pack and have so far run to similar conclusions Simon. Needs proper testing, but to my ear the fabric is quite abrasive (even in the video the rep mentions the 'noisey' side - there shouldn't even be one of those!). Further fiddling needed.
  11. 'Somebody' - possibly in the UK, I can't recall - was making their own lav mount based on the DPA I think. I'll have a look.
  12. Right, but both yourself and Mr Bertolomi seem to have devices available with which to test the calibration accuracy. Lacking these, am I left with the option to hope for the best on calibration based on what I can see? I'm also unclear if calibrating the ERX is a one-time thing or if it needs to be done each time they are used.
  13. Wait, so you need other gear to properly calibrate the ERX? How does one 'calibrate the ERX manually in the right direction'?
  14. The advantage of Mat and Matt's Tascam solution is that they also produce a custom made Tascam top plate for Wisycom, Lectrosonics etc. This means that for sound mixers that don't already own Zaxcom gear (and very possibly cannot afford to switch over to it) they can still run a very accurate bodyworn timecode recorder in tandem with still receiving a wireless signal. Zaxcom's market in the UK is relatively niche, so wireless rentals or 'borrowing off colleagues' is somewhat more difficult than in the US. As a Nomad owner I would probably play with Zax wireless much more often if it were easier to do so. I know many recordists who have gone the route of the ZFR however.
  15. You're getting all the thumbs up for that nugget of information Howy!
  16. I am not a big fan of this passive/aggressive nonsense. There is no crime is wanting to know the specifics of how the ISO attenuation works (personally I'm just happy that it does and happy enough with the explanations I've had from this board). However, so far all you've managed to do is throw your weight around in a generic Zaxcom Q&A thread, ask a series of dumb questions about it's features in an extremely unpolite manner, demand that nobody short of Zaxcom themselves reply, snipply blow your own trumpet as a 'lecturer' and only very grudgingly offer mediocre thanks to those who have helped you out. All whilst singularily failing to communicate how you intend to use your files and your clients needs - information we need to offer you some of our experience. I hope you manage to reign in your attitude when speaking to Zaxcom (and this is coming from someone who has had his run-ins with them in the past). And please consider this - frequency response diagrams and signal flow charts are all very well, but as location sound mixers we primarily depend on our ears.
  17. Well, you ARE being picky. The Nomad offers a system that - as far as I know - offers the highest dynamic range of any portable recorder. My tests so far confirm that it does offer cleaner tracks in post whe recording 'hot' signals (in my case the exhaust noise of a sports car) when gain is added in post, in comparison to the same track recorded without using this feature. I've yet to try this on vocal work but I can't see that it wouldn't work there either. If the result of using Neverclip ISO properly (i.e. not reducing the headroom excessively) meant huge increases in noise floor in post then the whole system would be a pointless invention and you could achieve a similar results by simply reducing the trim on the ISO track. However it does seem to work.
  18. This has been 'maybe coming' for about four million years now along with user selectable home screens etc etc etc. I suspect that Nomad Touch is supposed to fill in these features, which - on a personal level - I regard as the biggest cop out ever, as running around with a tablet clamped to my mixer bag is highly counter intuitive. I'd be happy to be proven wrong. Zaxcom do like to surprise! As regards 'w4vz's post (real name please!) Glenn has described the ISO attenuation as utilising the full 24 bits of 24 bit recording, which - by his definition - other 24 bit recorders DO NOT USE instead maxing this figure out at around 20 bits, the rest being 'noise'. Thus raising gain levels in post by a reasonable amount should not increase the noise floor. That's the whole point! Tests I've done so far with edit have had favourable comparisons to non-Neverclip ISO, so however it works, it seems to be a bonus!
  19. I've asked my colleague for the frequency plot we had on the two occasions Freq Finder behaved in this manner but sadly we didn't export it or save it so it would be hard to replicate. Out of several weeks of use it did this only twice. If it happens again I'll make sure to send it across.
  20. ​I have a couple of the original pin mics, the precursor to the Rode effort. It doesn't sound great but is far more versatile with it's flat surface and covers that badges and so forth can be stuck to. It's a shame that Ricsonix quickly stopped manufacturing soon after releasing the 'button mic' - that could have been a really useful tool for emergencies.
  21. ​I'm surprised the water doesn't mark the silk. Good to know.
  22. 19ms is quite a lot. Latency awareness can be quite personal, but with games and TV I believe most people dont begin to be aware of the issue until it hits about 30-40ms. For monitoring purposes 19ms could be quite disturbing though if you are in the same room as the source. What bothers me is the lack of ability for the user to select frequencies - it's all automatic. That and the fact that crap like this is the way production decide they don't need a sound mixer...
  23. Magic. Good to hear that you've had better results than some folks. I'd be keen to see how they perform over a longer period.
  24. Forgive me for asking an obvious question John, but I'm assuming that in these tests the ERX were set up with the IFB/Nomad Zaxnet but then left to run without the Zaxnet feed?
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