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  1. So here's my humble setup. I want to thank all the members of this forum for the years of discussions or shared experiences, pictures, details and specs that helped me. this board is a goldmine in terms of informations and important details to look after the facebook groups, reddit (at some point), and other users on other platforms are also useful , but since my beginnings in location sound (with a zoom H6, oktava mics, rode vlimp and g3's strapped on my guitar strap), I always go back lurking on JWSsound. So Here's the result of years of lurking and inspiration. and savings. I said to myself, one day I will post and maybe make it to the hall of fame of JWS's database uWu Sonosax R4+ , paired on RX-8, and LC8 fader surface 3 Wysicom MCR54 and 1 lectrosonics SRC BSRF distribution, filtered RF venue diversity shark fin Lectrosonic SNA 600 dipole (thanks the MOLLE system) Betso Bowtie antennas hooked on the bag when I need to loose the soundcart and go bag operation zuca sound cart with half rack box, drawer and slinding shelf boom stand antenna mast handle with threaded 3/8 hole a umbrella / sun shade holder all sort of cheese plates here and there for all sorts of stuff phone & tablet holder previously installed but it's not the tablet-mounted cart kind of project... Let's say I am happy when I can use the soud cart and not being on bag operation setup... and skulls, because pacha mama is everywhere. half of this venerable setup could not be there without the help of @Patrick Tresch who is DOP on this project and helped me assembling this station. Santé ! long way from zoom H6 and g3's. may the gods of RF, accustics and electronics be with us here's one on sety with a good boy
  2. Following feedback SOUNDCART are updating the Compact Bag Cart (Red) and will be releasing the Mk 2 on 1st January 2017. The Mk2 now features elements found in our flagship Production Sound Cart such as 19" rack strips front (20u) and back (12u), the ability to fold down (without tools) as well as fully height adjustable rear handles. Model specific accessories will include front casters (adjustable feet as standard like the MiniCart), adjustable shelves and a 3u adjustable monitor extension (180 degrees). Our range of universal accessories are all fully compatible such as the boom holders etc. Dimensions (mm): 985-1070 H x 718 W x 555 D 1049-1070 H x 718 W x 363 D (folded) Here are some Computer Aided Design drawings of the cart. Pricing will be announced soon. Further details available at www.facebook.com/SOUNDCART
  3. Re: my design for resale cart. So unless I get feedback to the contrary I plan to make my vertical Location sound mixer carts be standard width between c to c of rack rail holes for standard 19” rack mount gear and be 21” clear between the frame in any area where user chooses to not have rack rail. Rack Rail can be added in 4RU increments (approx 7”). Hopefully the people wanting an “open area” will find the 21” clear sufficient to meet their needs. The only completely open area will be on the top. Feedback wanted... Mark Pope Stabilitech
  4. Hello. I am finishing my portable sound cart this month. Cart is for film location recording. I need slightly help about internal cabling. We are using Canare L-4E5C for boom operators externally. The cart have XLR panel and i need build really short XLR patches for it. What do you recommend? It's cable quality very important on short (1 meter max) lengths? Thank you in advance. Bert
  5. Here is a new cart I have been working on. It's a removable rack cart for people who use full rack length equipment on their cart. I'd love any input from the Sound Department!
  6. AudioRoot eSMART K-ART The AUDIOROOT eSMART K-ART is a low footprint power distribution box with a total of 16 direct DC power outputs and 4 x USB 5V ground isolated outputs. The K-ART includes 10 led illuminated power switches, a main power switch and 2 battery fuel gauges. Like it’s little brother eSMART BG-DU the K-ART is fully compatible with any type of battery ranging from 9 to 18V. When used with our eSMART Li-xxWh batteries the K-ART provides full battery informations without any calibration routine. This product was designed for use on small to medium size location sound carts. The power distributor can be connected to 2 batteries at once. The 2 batteries will discharge simultaneously thru an integrated ideal diode. These batteries can be of any type of chemistry (SLA, NI-MH or LI-ION) and the 2 fuel gauges provide all the informations required to monitor the batteries state of charge (voltage, current, power, etc…). The eSMART K-ART uses internal coulomb counters and a calibration routine to measure each battery’s true capacity and display it’s remaining capacity in real time. This power distributor is also fully compatible with our full line of Li-XXwh smart batteries. When plugging an AUDIOROOT eSMART Li-xxWh battery to the K-ART the user will have access to all the battery’s information without the need to perform any type of calibration. More informations: http://www.audioroot.fr/product/esmart-k-art/
  7. Here is a concept for a Follow Cart based on the Bag Cart (1070mm x 710mm x 565mm HxWxD). It has 15u of rear storage and a further 2u at the front. It has a cover that unscrews and rises up to become a work surface (as shown in the CAD drawings). The cart would be compatible with all of SOUNDCART's universal accessories however would not fold as the other cart designs do. I welcome your thoughts and opinions...
  8. I recently produced some blueprints for my carts. Here they are. I'm planning further modifications and accessories in the New Year. Any suggestions or requests?
  9. Introducing a new concept in Production Sound Carts for 2016. Thoughts, constructive comments and suggestions please (thanks again for all of those that contributed a few months ago when I posted my Bag Cart concept). Dimensions: 1150mm x 718mm x 715mm Storage: 8u Racking front (19") & Rear (10.5") Weight: Under 14kg Max Load: 40-50kg Wheels: Front 6" & Rear 16" Folded down the dimensions are 1150mm x 718mm x 395mm (including the rear wheel) or 995mm x 718mm x 340mm (without the rear wheel) so ideal for transporting in the boot of a standard hatchback or estate. I am considering a bespoke top handle made of CNC milled aluminium and anodised to match the wheel forks if people would be interested in that. It would add another $150-250 though so won't be including them on the standard model as I want to keep prices as accessible as possible. Further details will be released at www.facebook.com/soundcart in the coming weeks. Your thoughts please...
  10. I'm visiting New York City from September 16 - 21, to demonstrate my cart to rental houses. If you wish a personal demo while I'm there, please write or give me a call. Cheers, Bill ———————————————————- Bill Kerrigan Montreal, Quebec, Canada 514 486 8456 - Office 514 238 9775 - Mobile billkerrigan - Skype bill@kerrigan.ca http://www.kerrigan.ca
  11. Here are some images of a new cart we shall be launching in Q2 2016 which we are calling the MiniCart. This ultra-compact bag cart is designed for those on a budget as well as those with limited space to transport a cart to location. It features 18u (10.5" wide) rack space, a slide-out shelf - ideal for mounting a CL-12- and should accept most of our standard cart accessories including boom holders, antenna holders etc. Dimensions are 910mm x 500mm x 435mm (H x W x D). Maximum load 10kg. Specification is subject to change following the beta testing phase. Estimated RRP $935 (without any accessories) We look forward to hearing your views, feature requests and opinions...
  12. Here are some CAD drawings of my forthcoming Sound Cart (hopefully available end this month). Last chance to send me your ideas and feature requests before a final design is locked down. Made of aluminium the cart is extremely light-weight yet very strong. It has been primarily designed as a bag cart however it would be suitable for those that need a compact "grown-up" cart (max load 25kg). It features a total of 18u storage (3x 6u) in addition to 3u dedicated to video monitor use (which can be angled). Because standard 19" racking is employed, you can customise it using any 19" gear (shelves, drawers etc.). There will be a range of optional extras for things such as boom poles etc. These are still being finalised as is the price of the cart. The cart can be easily and quickly taken apart for storage or transport. Dimensions: 1007mm (H with monitors folded down) or 1079 (H with monitors fully upright) or 907mm (H with monitors folded down and wheels off), 697mm (W), 508mm (D) Please PM for further information or with your comments/suggestions or visit my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/soundcart Cheers Matt
  13. Next time, i will build a slim version of this heavy beast, but hopefully for some folks it will be interesting to see what others try to do at downtime. I had the luck to become a rest of aluminium profiles from a friend and started to work out a plan, how i can use this type of material in a way, that i can make some changes afterwards, cause i´d never done this before. I really enjoy to work with this material, because you have the feeling to work with a Lego construction system. Building the cart just take two Days, i know two days for this primitiv cage is a joke, but it was heavy to find someone with a sawing machine ;)). After 6 Days the postman brought the wheels and Quickfist holders and my brother in law begins his work with the electronic Stuff (Voltmeter, Powerdistribution, lightning) for these Cart. The sound cart was almost constructed, but i want a cover for it. So i ordered some codura fabric and visited a dressmaker, which ended in a 4 weeks long sewing course (every weekend, but i have a new skill now). I´m really proud of it and saved some money for new microphones. Cheers
  14. With the primary intent of losing weight and making my cart more mobile and easier to manage, I built a new vertical cart frame with 8020. I also built a new 1RU DC system with 8 individually switched outputs powered by either AC or a 20Ah LiFePO4 pelican battery. I don't have final weights, but this cart is over 40lbs lighter than my previous cart based on a magliner vertical junior. After having my monitors broken in the past, I moved the bnc inputs and outputs along with 2 audio in/outs to the base of the cart by the wheels so the cables laying on the ground and a bit protected and don't create a trip hazard. Also built a new script holder with a ram mount adjustable arm.
  15. In what by now qualifies as annual ritual, evaluate, re-evaluate, research, conversate, cogitate and take action to up my game. Thanks to all my pals for your invaluable experience, input, feedback and advice. This year, find myself satisfied with the bones of the operation (mixer, recorder, wireless), and it's been my plan not to change too much in that regard until the control surface dust settles into something I can invest in that meets my needs. In the meantime, I'm left with finesse and deepening layers of failure anticipation with an extra R1a here, and various small maintenance projects (the GVC has gone off to Germany for tightening) there. First priority: neatness counts. Note right side of 788, now fairly free of cable mess thanks to a low-profile output cable harness custom built for me by Mr. Eric Toline. Next year, will consider dropping the harness through the shelf, routing to some kind of bulkhead-mounted XLR's 1-4 for BTS visitors, PA speakers, Playback Mixer, on-cart speaker, etc. For now, this scratches the order itch just fine, thanks. Also of note is the 3-banger monitor unit that replaces the less-neat two monitors on Noga arms. Check. More and more jobs in the last 12 months have had 3 cameras. I want to be ready. Check. Toward further neatness, finally felt facile enough with MovieSlate to cease and desist entirely with handwritten sound reports, much to the evident delight of post production. No clipboard gives me 8.5" x 11" more work surface and the end of the dreaded separation of 3-part forms in the rain. Check. Have been struggling for years with drawer safety and organization. Thanks to designer Bruce Klein of MyCaseBuilder.com for reaching out to our community and meeting with me this week to talk foam-for-mixers turkey. The above drawer dimensions are those for a StarCase rack drawer, and the image a screen shot of their in-browser design tool at work. While MyCaseBuilder has clearly served other markets in the past -- evidenced by their library of shapes (multiple Pelican cases, firearms, cameras) -- lack of a sound device library indicates they're fresh to our need for their product. I'm excited for our mutual discovery. A relatively new computer-driven water-cutting machine makes one-offs feasible. Whoo-hoo. Of course, they are most interested in larger runs. Have determined to put some brain power behind finding something film crews do that might benefit them in that regard. Because I don't have tools required to measure stuff well myself, often relied on manufacturers' specs to design the holes. Also did not call MyCaseBuilder to ask any questions since I prefer to learn by doing (making mistakes). That kind of learning often costs money, but the best learning always costs something. Here's the learning based on my meeting with Bruce: Manufacturers' specs for Schoeps/Sennheiser mics fit perfectly, but not tight enough that I felt the foam was hugging the instruments close enough to prevent vertical truck-related bounce issues. Bruce said rather than make the mic holes deep and rely on tight fit to keep 'em stable, would be better to make the holes just deep enough and rely on a 'lid' or something to ameliorate mic flight. Cogitating on that. He didn't think that a 1/32" decrease in the mic hole would be wise. Cogitating on that, too. I think he's wrong, but I don't know their foam well enough to tell. Yet. Measured the TRX's bodies, not including slightly-protruding Lemo mic inputs or belt clips. They fit really tight and Bruce allowed as how that would likely soon damage the foam. My plan is to use 'em in the field and see how that goes with an eye toward Foam V2 allowing room for those parts. Scott Farr wanted to know if they could use a contrasting foam color at the bottom of cutouts, the better to grok outstanding gear status. The answer is yes: white. In manufacture, main foam is cut all the way through to the deepest hole and a separate piece is glued on for the 'floor'. That said, they also carry a stiffer, anti-static, more expensive pink foam that I found attractive for all those reasons. YMMMV. Suppose foam floors could be made of that as well. In other drawer-related news, expect to have in hand within the week a new custom drawer that will use a 6" x 6" x 18" space that's been empty and useless for a long while: Tried for six months to obtain a custom aluminum drawer from a usual suspect to no avail, even though I was clear that the premium price quoted didn't matter in the least. Now, for $107 rather than $225 I will have (I hope) the custom drawer of my dreams that will hold the stuff that currently has no spot on the cart. Doweled, dove-tail joints with 3/4" birch sides with 1/4" Melamine bottom ought to withstand a fair amount of field abuse. We'll see... More as this develops. Good times.
  16. This is a photo diary of the birth of my new sound cart. It is based on wooden 8U 19" cases (bought from Thomann) and will have the option of adding more modules. It breaks into single modules for transport in a car. The base will, apart from having wheels, hold things like comtek RX, small playback speakers, spare headphones, and similar stuff you typically need handy only during set-up. It will also contain small mic stands, LPDAs, and a spare Rycote basket. The main module will hold two drawers with TX, lavs, lav accessories, mics, suspensions, TX batteries and so on, and have 4 units of open space to house RX racks, script, comtek TX, headphones, and similar stuff. The recorder will either sit in this compartment as well, or in a bag on top - depending on the kind of job. In the back will be the power compartment with a power supply for 230V external power and a battery compartment (17Ah lead battery and/or 5.2Ah NP). This module can also be taken on a driving car shoot if necessary (though I prefer having only a bag for that kind of shoot). The modules will connect with bolts (Obi - German equivalent of Home Depot). The front door of the main module can be bolted on top and hold the bag, antenna mounts, and a screen. On the sides will be two boom holders and handles. Here are the parcels from Thomann:
  17. Prompted by Jeff's #fbf post on FB today, I'm about to embark on a cover solution to my current cart configuration. I've been in New Mexico for the last 4 months and the wind, dust, rain, etc. that I have experienced has got me thinking. The boat cover, sail maker route seems to be the most logical as is evident by the photo Jeff posted today. Anyone have experience with this in LA? Any recommendations? Thanks in advance. PWP
  18. Hi All, My basic question: for the frequent flying mixer, do you prefer to break your sound cart and contents down into pelican cases or to use a shock absorbing rack mount case (i.e. SKB)? Details: I'm building a first proper sound cart. I'm drawn to rack-mount carts, as I like the idea of not having to build out the cart often, but open to being talked out of this. I travel for shoots as a bag based mixer an average of two weeks a month, so I'm often flying. I'm in talks to do a feature overseas and need some advice on putting together a traveling cart, but I'll also be mixing independent films in my hometown of Portland, OR. The cart will need to hold: -Zaxcom Nomad -Mix-8 -3x QRX100 + Multiplexer -Shark fins on antenna tree -IFB antenna -2x 7" monitor -Case or drawer for 6 TRX900's and DPA lavs in micro cases and 2 CMC6MK41's -2x booms -Power section (Still working this out, maybe PSC LiFE battery or just NP1's and BDS v4 or Furman, PSC Power max and marine deep cell batteries) -cables, headphones etc. I'm interested in building the cart myself out of 80/20 aluminum extrusions (thanks to Jeff Wexler for that) and have the assistance of a good friend who is a medical cart designer at Moto. Advice from anyone who has build a Chindha style sound cart or rack-mount sound cart that travels well, or has another option would be much appreciated.
  19. Hi everybody, i've been working as location sound recordist mainly with a soundbag, but now i switch to a sound cart setup. i'm using 4 sennheiser ek 3241 receivers. can anybody tell me what is the best way to run them with two fin antennas? i think it's a simple question, but i would be happy to get some good advices
  20. Here is a pic of my soundcart I buildt a few years back. Still being improved, of coarse. It is based on magliner, modified with shelves and stands for booms, antennas etc. It can hold two 35 Ah batterys but usually I only use one, the other batteryholder goes to the wireless utility bag, wich is the same size. Two lentequip cabledrums can also fit on the bottom, giving easily 50m of video cable if needed. It can either hold my Ad 256 or as here a drawerkit. In this production I need quickly to go off-cart so the mixer is too fuzzy. All the antennasplits are done in the bag. So one has to switch the powersource and replace the sharkfins with wips, mounted on the harness, and off you go. As antennas I use rf venue's comboantenna, for critical applications I replace the small ones with a helical of the same brand. I used to have two sharkfins, but after modifying the lectros to the new frequencys here in Finland I had to replace those. Been pretty happy with the rf venue's, despite the very interesting discussion taken place here about using them with non-diversity (almost-diversity) receivers. But they shure are nice in transport;) The power is a PSC powestrip together with a charger capable of refreshing the battery , so it can be plugged and unplugged withouth noticing anything else than a slight drop in the voltage. The small wheels could be a bit bigger, but it has proved itself to be quite good in terrain, the low weighpoint helps. And for me it has worked without frontwheels, you never have to whorry about the cart doing some rolling on its own. Insted of wheels it has two "wobbly" rubber dampers, taking away some stress during transport and on cartrailers. We have shared some nice moments, so she has deserved a name. She is called Lady Pirina.
  21. Hi all, I'm building my first sound cart for my first feature film. Now I'm looking for a way to power and charge it. Of course I've found Powermax, PSC and Meon, but they are way out of my budget right now. Anyone experience in powering equipment without the expensive powering systems, with lead acid batteries? It needs to run my SD744, a 442, 3 wireless sennheiser, all on hirose. And if possible I'd like it to run my macbook as well... Anyone some DIY-tips?
  22. Hi sound people, I have uploaded pictures and information about my current mix cart that I used for the just finished Woody Allen film . Unfortunately the upload did not show up in the gallery section as intended due to an issue with the jwsound site software. You can see the pictures and info here: Email me with comments! Nelson Stoll nelson@stollaudio.com
  23. Hi everyone I have been in the look for a new mixer for the cart. I have been using a rental CL-9 and was thinking on buying one. But i hate the fact that i have to loose an iso for a talkback mic. So i'm thinking that if i'm going to loose an iso, at least i should gain better preamps and outputs, so i'm looking into an external mixer, like a cooper or audio developments. But i have seen a lot of people using the yamaha 01v96, or sonosax or similar. I would love the extra channels and outputs and all, but i'm just wondering, how do you power it on the cart? They only accept 120-240v, so do you use an inverter or similar? Thanks a lot Diego
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