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  1. Hi All, Still gathering assorted gear for my small doc kit bag. Would anyone have any suggestions about breakaway cable assemblies that would do double duty for a MixPre 10T and also a Sound Devices 302 mixer? This is what I've been looking at : https://www.trewaudio.com/product/remote-audio-cabetasd633/ The MixPre 10T trimecode connection is BNC in/out - can I adapt the Lemo to BNC as needed? I believe I read on the B&H website that the BNC timecode part of the cable assembly only transmits one direction - is this correct? If anyone in Toronto might be considering selling a breakaway cable assembly, please feel free to PM. Thanks very much, as always. Best Regards, Dave
  2. Hi fellow MixPre 10T users, Is anyone using their MixPre 10T as an interface into Logic, in full advanced mode? Have you found a fluid workflow? I'm finding the manual lacking when it comes to using the 10T in a multitrack music recording session with a typical DAW. I'm quite used to using the Apogee Maestro control software that controls my Duet, though only 2 channels. I gather that all the control of the MixPre 10T in USB interface mode is done strictly within the MixPre 10T machine itself? As someone already suggested, hopefully Sound Devices might come up with a software control panel. Just trying to wrap my head around the signal flow when using the 10T as a multi-channel audio interface. If you have any workflow, settings tips or resources to share that would be most appreciated. In the meantime, back to the manual and trial and error :-)) Thanks kindly. Cheers, Dave
  3. Not sure if this Feb. 23, 2018 Gotham Sound interview with sound mixer Danny Michael has been posted yet : perhaps of interest? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oauPnytSQ3M&list=PLn6NrfX46lNdA2dpYsXjh1nS1N51Zsqo6 Cheers, Dave
  4. Hi All, Hope everyone is well and having a good week :-) Are there any MixPre 10T users powering their units internally with 8 rechargeable AA batteries in the included sled? Any experience with the runtime with this powering method? If you are satisfied with internal AA rechargeable battery performance, what brand are you having good results with? Sound Devices has an article about the MixPre series powering but not too specific about the 10T model. https://www.sounddevices.com/tech-notes/mixpre-3-mixpre-6-maxbatteryruntime I'm thinking that I should ultimately get the L-Mount Sony style batteries and sled and keep the 10T loaded with rechargeable AAs as backup. If you have any other suggestions that would be very welcome. Thanks for any tips about the 10T and rechargeable AA performance - much appreciated. Cheers, Dave
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Hi All, Wondering if anyone has done a music tracking session into a DAW using a Sound Devices MixPre 6/3? Thinking of retiring an Apogee Duet Firewire and wonder how the MixPres sound for music tracking. It's ability to do double duty is very attractive if the studio sound is in the Duet league or better. I've seen a video or two demo-ing recording music live-off-the-floor direct into the MixPre - more curious as to how it sounds as DAW interface as compared to others in it's price-point. Would love to hear a full layered session (clean instruments - not distorted guitar) with a wide variety of acoustic and virtual instruments and especially male and female lead and background vocal overdubs. Curious if the MixPres have "musical mojo" as tracks are layered :-)) Thanks very kindly. All the best, Dave
  21. Hi All, I've been following the J.W. discussions regarding the changing legal wireless frequencies in the US. Prior to acquiring new gear, I thought it would be prudent to see what the latest and projected frequency situation is in Canada (Ontario). Is Canada tending to follow the US with respect to the reassignment of frequencies? What frequencies are "safest" at this time? I've Googled but have come up with little info. Thanks kindly for any knowledge you care to share. Have a great evening. Cheers, Dave
  22. Thanks kindly Paul. Sounds very nice. Also like the solo piano clip - the harmonics are rich sounding. Will look forward to hearing more examples as they come available. Wishing you a great day! Cheers, Dave
  23. Hi to All in T.O. In the process of comparison shopping for gear in Toronto - am I missing any other (or new) suppliers other than the 2 main "usual suspects"? Have had great assistance from both these very helpful suppliers of course, just seeing if I've missed any other sources to check out. Thanks very much. Have a great Monday :-) Cheers, Dave
  24. Hi All, This is so strange to me - boggles my mind. What's your take on this? They've recreated a bit of England, Paris and left Manhattan unfinished. As the gentleman narrating the video suggests, this has got to have some kind of world wide trickle down effect. People living in squalor in other places in the world and then you have this... humans can be pretty messed up in their thinking. Cheers everyone.... keep well :-)) Dave
  25. "In Mouth" Wireless Mic

    Here's another interesting and maybe strange wireless mic rig - an "in mouth" mic/wireless system. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/06/13/in_q_tel_s_funding_for_spy_and_surveillance_technologies_.html No more futzing with hiding lavs - just don't swallow it :-) Cheers, Dave