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    Indie audio, video and music production
  1. Hi Kathryn, Thanks for sharing your experience using the MixPre 10T as an audio interface into your MacBook Pro. Can I ask how you powered your MixPre when used in conjunction with your laptop? Did you use the optional wall power supply? I understand that would be the best studio powering option but perhaps you've had success with internal rechargeable AA batteries or external battery powering? I've been curious to hear vocals (and instruments) tracked into a DAW through the MixPre's preamps and limiters. I'd love to hear your vocal tracks and/or finished result, if you'd care to share. I'm assuming your vocal tracking was a musical session as opposed to a voice-over? Can I ask what DAW you used? How did you find the functionality and latency with the MixPre as an interface? Also, great to know that you had success using a USB hub. Was your Hub a USB "C" input version? From your Hub into your MacBook, do you use USB "C" or the older standard USB-A? Thanks again. Wishing you a great day. Cheers, Dave
  2. Hi All, Just perusing the manual for the MixPre 10T - Sorry if I'm missing it in the manual or in the forums, I don't see any mention of power requirements or specific USB connections when the 10T is used as an audio interface into a computer. What I'd like to know is : - can the unit operate solely on bus power, in my case from an iMac with the older USB ports? - does the unit need batteries in the sled or external power when acting as a USB interface, even if it can indeed be bus powered? - is the USB "C" Port the correct one, when using 10T as an interface? The manual doesn't specify connections directly, though the Specs imply USB C - can I go out of the 10T's USB "C" Port and directly into my iMac's USB "2.0" input using a single cable like this : USB C Male (from 10T) to Type A USB (into iMac USB Port) http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1340_1418_97&item_id=087682 - any issues using a USB extender cable at the standard USB end? - if just recording through the unit, strictly acting as an audio interface into the computer, does an SD card need to be present in the MixPre? Thanks very much for indulging these very specific questions - always appreciated :-) Best Regards, Dave
  3. Hi All, Just noticed that new firmware is available for the Sound Devices MixPre Series. v1.53 released Jan. 18, 2018 Cheers, Dave https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware Last update Jan 18, 2018 Changes introduced in 1.53 include: Changed The MixPre-10T transport control's orange LED brightness is dimmed in stop mode to make it clearer when the unit is recording. The Take List indicates which file is playing back by displaying it in green text. Fixed Limiters were not always enabled when switching from Advanced to Basic Mode Pans were not always correct after switching to Basic Mode from Advanced Mode with Inputs Linked. If timecode backup time expired when the MixPre-10T was powered off, TOD timecode was incorrect when next powered on. Rare stuttering of audio during playback of some files Audio crackling noise in headphones when turning HP encoder Incorrect gain values when channels are MS linked Sound Reports were not automatically copied to the USB thumbdrive (MixPre-10T only) New Project Name was not retained after a power cycle if no files were recorded in that project Long file names were not being displaying fully
  4. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Hi Allen, Thanks for your rubber grommet tip - very cool. Will hit Home Depot to get one for my MixPre 10T. Cheers, Dave
  5. Good source for batteries in Toronto?

    Thanks very much guys. Will check all your suggestions and sources - very helpful :-)) Wishing you all a great day! All the best, Dave
  6. Good source for batteries in Toronto?

    Thanks kindly guys. I've been meaning to check DV Shop for competitive pricing. On another note, being from Toronto, would you know of any private sellers in the GTA selling any bits of used gear that would be priced affordably for assembling a small doc bag kit "on a budget"? I've been checking and advertising on Kijiji and have seen some gear, but not quite the right stuff yet. Looking for a boom, blimp/windshield, shockmount, batteries/power, lav or two. I'm down the 401 from you in southwestern Ontario so not fully tapped into Toronto, other than the retailers. Thanks again guys - hope you're surviving winter :-)) All the best, Dave
  7. Hi All, Can anyone recommend good sources for batteries and chargers (re-chargable Eneloop, Sony L-Type, etc.) in Toronto area? Comparison shopping at the moment for what is available locally prior to going online. Thank you for any tips and suggestions. Best Regards, Dave
  8. Hi Philip, Thanks for your kind help and tips - much appreciated. Good to know about the adapters not proving to be reliable in the 7 series machines. I'll assume that this would apply to the HD-P2 and will stick to the official Compact Flash as suggested. I did have a previously well functioning A-Data compact flash card suddenly go down and become unwritable & unreadable, used only in the HD-P2. I gather this happens to cards over time. Thanks again. Cheers, Dave
  9. Thanks Chris. Appreciate your comment and do very much agree about mission critical on the job situations. My inquiry is strictly as a general point of interest - curious to know about adapting cards from a functional and operational point of view.... just wondering about good and bad experiences with different card formats, card adaptors, what works, what doesn't etc. in general. I'll try some adaptors in a non critical experiment and report the results. Thanks again..... cheers. Dave
  10. Hi All, I've been hanging on to my old Tascam HD-P2 recorder - still works well, sounds good and might be a good backup recorder in a pinch. That said, I wonder if using an SD Card in a Compact Flash Adaptor would be advisable or risky? The main reason being, I am using SD type cards in everything else and was hoping to keep things somewhat universal. Thanks kindly for your thoughts. Keep well, Dave
  11. Hi All, I've gathered a small bag kit together consisting of MixPre 10T, SD 302 and 2 Sennheiser G3s. Would you have any suggestions as how to most efficiently power the whole lot? Perhaps the G3s might be fine with just internal double A batteries? Or is this unit worthwhile https://www.gothamsound.com/product/dc-power-adaptor-g3-wireless Thank as always for your great suggestions :-) Cheers, Dave
  12. Hi All, Was watching a review video for the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 10T whereby it was suggested that this recorder might pair well with a console style mixing board with linear faders, leaving the Mix-Pre to function strictly as a recorder. What board might be a good candidate for this function? Since the 10T has limited outputs (4?) would monitoring select record enabled tracks from the board mixer present problems? Have the 10T coming and curious about maxing its potential. Thanks kindly for your thoughts - as always, very much appreciated. Cheers and Happy 2018, Dave
  13. Cheers All, Nice to read your helpful and positive posts - very uplifting :-) Thanks kindly for the video link too. Wishing you great progress in your audio businesses as well. All the best, Dave
  14. Hi Gentlemen, Thanks for your helpful responses. You have confirmed what I had a feeling about. I did my due diligence and called Trew Audio regarding a one day rental of a similar kit and with taxes and insurance it was in the $200-ish (Canadian $) range. The request for a CMIT and 3 wireless rigs was definitely pushing it. So minus off the $200 kit fee, if they rented the gear directly, I guess that leaves a whopping $50 for the whole day's labour - not a winning proposition. On a more positive, proactive note, can you suggest any business models or strategies that help newer sound people build toward the tier where the rate is reasonable and fair for all? I certainly don't have a problem paying my dues, but the economics do need to make sense, as does the maintaining of an industry fee standard. I appreciate any tips as I know this can be a delicate subject. Thanks once again. Best Regards, Dave
  15. Hi All, I'm not located in a major center so I've been checking Craigslist regularly for networking opportunities and audio gigs. Below is a description of a what I gather is an "indie"gig offered in a recent posting in Toronto. Rate appears to be "per day" -no mention of the hours involved. What are your thoughts about the equipment and service requirements versus the rate offered? For a newbie trying to build a network from scratch, are these gigs reasonable in their labour and gear expectations? How close or far is this to being in line with current Toronto "indie"rates? I realize the importance of upholding the collective rate standard for local sound mixers and would like to be further informed. Thank you for your thoughts and professional advice. Regards, Dave Job Type: Part-time Salary: $250 /day depending on experience and own equipment Requirements: • Responsible for mixing sound on-set • Responsible for recording all sound on set during a production • Responsible for recording all sound on set during a production • Must have previous live location sound recording experience • Must have own all equipment required to bring high quality sound • Responsible for mixing sound on-set • Understanding of timecode and how it relates to syncing with video and post production. • Able to collaborate with a movie director in developing an artistic vision for a film and then producing it. Equipment: Must have own pro level following kits - • 3 Wireless Lav - (i.e Sennheiser EW-112-PG3 Wireless Lav) • Sound mixer (Edirol Roland R44 Mixer Recorder), • Wired microphones (i.e. Sennheiser MKH 8070, Scheops CMIT5U Shotgun Mic) • Windshield - (i.e. Rycote Windshield Kit 4) • Boom pole - at least 10 feet