A lot of you may know I am not a religions fan boy of any companies :Sound Devices, Lectro, Zaxcom.I am also not a personal friend with Glenn, Larry or Jon,I have had some reasons to be critical and have never been afraid to let my critique out in to the open for everybody to see.So I would like to share my PERSONAL experiences with zaxcom wireless:
Two weeks ago I incorporated 2 TRX900LAs and 1 QRX100 in the show I am working on. It is a car show with a lot of driving scenes and a heavy schedule. I was hesitant to purchase and to be honest kind of afraid of Zaxcom Wireless reliability, but my daily workflow with Lectrosonics was just not cutting it anymore.In many of the driving scenes the “muscle” car we follow will just “fly away” while our mini van is left in the smoke from the tires.I was leaving my Audio Bag in the car when possible.
I was using Coax antennas on the SMQVs with Shark fins on the 411As but so many times the drop outs were just physically unavoidable.A lot of times I am not allowed to use tape or touch anything on the cars which limited my TX antenna placement.
It was especially hard when the driving performed or the space limitation would force me to use wireless from the muscle car to the follow vehicle. Having GOPROS in the car makes it very important to capture sound from reaction and dialog the entire time.
On another note:
With such a heavy schedule the biggest waist of time was OTFs,Vos and pickups. I was running back and forward to do OTFs while scenes are being prepared.
So one night I sat down with a bottle of scotch and really started thinking that I am not doing my best. No tool in my disposal could really help me and improve my work. That got me thinking about Zaxcom….
Next morning I pulled the trigger.
Almost 2 weeks later I got my first ZAX wireless.
On my only day off I performed various tests including the most important one: reliable use in hot weather. And I mean Las Vegas HOT!!! After this record braking hot summer I bet most of you have experienced REAL HOT WEATHER all over the country.
After the test, I felt confidant putting the Zax to real work. Having the recording inside the TX was my back up plan in case problems started to happen.
Well I have had ZERO problems for the past 2 weeks. From the very first minute the world around me was different. Overnight everything changed.
Work was more fun.
Productivity increased immensely .
And people involved really notice and value my impact on the project.
I already ordered another set this time with one of the stereo TX.
Why did I come to the party so late?