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  1. Yup - I just picked up one of these to try with my BDS today - we'll see how it goes: There are also some unregulated cables out there like the one dgirtsman linked to, and an unregulated (and cheaper) version of the cable I linked to above, but it seems like those unregulated options will not work for the MixPre's. -Mike
  2. I just asked Sound Devices about powering specs again and they replied that, "The maximum voltage for the L-Mount connection on the MixPre-Series is 8.4 volts. Anything above that voltage can damage the device." Based on that answer I don't think the MixPre's can handle the full 14V or so that a fully charged NP1 will produce. Of course I asked specifically about the L-Mount adapter so I'm not sure of the specs via the USB-C port, but I think most USB ports are 5V so I wouldn't risk plugging that directly into a BDS either. -Mike
  3. There were a couple of posts on this threadabout the K-Tek KSTG70 bag fitting the MP6 well so I ordered one to try out. It does fit the MP6 like a glove... if you use the 4-AA battery pack. There is absolutely no way the MP6 will fit in that bag with the L-Mount battery holder attached. Its possible that a particularly skinny USB-C battery pack could fit in the bag with the MP6 but neither of the ones I tried would. I'll be returning this bag. I have to agree with @cmgoodin that I'm not really a fan of the ergonomics of any of the power solutions offered for the MixPre's. The L-Mount in particular is ungainly on a tabletop and nigh impossible in a bag, as using it with decent sized batteries makes the bottom of the unit almost three times wider than the top of the MixPre. Hopefully somebody (Remote Audio maybe?) will come up with a better solution. Ok I'm done harping on that... I also tested the unit a couple of times by recording files and either removing the battery or letting it run all the way down until the unit automatically shuts off. It seems that the MixPre does close the files so that they are usable if power is pulled, but you can't take the card out of the unit right after it shuts down and expect the file to be readable in a computer. I took the card out without powering the unit back on first and neither Wave Agent nor Pro Tools could read the file. However, if you put the card back in the MixPre and power it back on, then the unit seems to do whatever it needs to do to close the file and after that it is readable by the computer. -Mike
  4. I have both the 40 and 50 and use both with my MKH30 for M/S depending on the sound I want. For ambiances and general sounds I like the 40/30 combination better as the image seems a bit better - there can sometimes feel like there's a hole in the sound with the 50/30 combo. That said, if I'm recording Foley type sounds or anything that is more focused straight in front of the mic I do like the 50/30 combo better because of the extra reach of the 50. Both are great and I'm happy to have the option for both. I'm out of town for another week or so but once I get back I'll do some comparison recordings and post them. For ambiances and such an ORTF pair of 8040s is another great option, and a pair of omnis can be great too. -Mike
  5. Why can't you? This is what a Foley artist does. A Foley artist can do this a lot better than you could capture on set. Get a decent shotgun mounted on camera, be quiet while you're shooting, and get what you can. Then do the rest in post. -Mike
  6. I understand that the device can be powered by a single USB-A port, but what Nic had said was that it will "operate with all features" in that configuration, which is clearly not the case. Nevertheless that wouldn't even be an issue for me if there were a way to simply and compactly power it from another source while connected to a computer. That for me is what cripples the MixPre series' usefulness as a USB interface. It's true that I know of no other USB interfaces that can provide 48v to more than 2 mic preamps while bus powered, but all of the other interfaces on the market which offer more than 2 preamps can easily be powered by mains power. I would be totally happy even if it was possible to use the USB-A port on the MixPre to connect to a computer while using the -C port to provide power. Is this something a firmware update could provide or is the infrastructure not there? -Mike
  7. Thanks for clarifying this Paul. Unfortunately it seems to contradict the information that Nic posted earlier in this thread (post #68), which I did base my purchasing decisions off of: So while the new MixPre's work great as small recorders with flexible powering options, it seems there are no good options for fully powering the device while using it as a USB interface, which was one of the major marketing points and selling points of the unit. It was a huge reason why I purchased both a MixPRe-6 and a -3 right off the bat, as I have plenty of other devices that happily fit the portable recorder function. I don't even mean running off a laptop on battery power; I would be totally happy to plug it into mains AC to have it powered. If your computer does not have a USB-C port - which to my knowledge the majority of computers still in use don't, and especially those meant for professional use - you seem to be limited basically to running the MixPre-6 or -3 onbattery power if you want it to fully function as a USB interface. You can't use the AC adapter or a USB power bank because those take up the USB C port, which you need to connect to the computer. Using two USB-A ports on the computer is impractical in most situations as I mentioned before, since most (Mac at least) laptops only have two USB ports and there are plenty of other devices that need a port as well like hard drives, Pro Tools dongles, etc. It seems like literally the only option when using these as a USB Interface is to resign yourself to the rat's nest of cables required to use two ports of a powered USB hub - definitely not ideal in a remote situation where you want to be as compact as possible. Is there anything that can be done about this? To be honest this may be the deciding factor between me keeping these devices and taking advantage of my dealer's return policy. -Mike -Mike
  8. I'm quite a bit bummed to report that what Nic said here doesn't seem to be the case. I've tried my MixPre-6 now on the USB ports of three different computers - a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini, as well as the USB port of a powered thunderbolt hub, and none of them seem to put out enough power to fully power the MP6. I get the orange (low power) mode with all of them. I've tried both the stock cable that the MP6 comes with as well as another (up to spec) straight USB C-USB A cable. All of these computers/devices have had plenty of power in the past for whatever device I wanted to use with them, including various hard drives and a Sound Devices USBPre 2, so I find it hard to believe that their ports are underpowered. Could one of the SD guys possibly comment on this? -Mike
  9. A big +1 on this from me. This leaves a bad taste in my mouth. -Mike
  10. Cool, thanks Paul! -Mike
  11. I just got my MP6 today so I haven't had a chance to actually record anything, just to play with it a bit. It seems to me though that in Custom mode, if you set "Gain" to "Basic" but leave "Channel" on "Advanced" (and Record on Advanced like Paul said) then that approaches what we want to do. Namely in this mode it seems like the channel faders do act like gain pots (albeit with the modified -14-96db range), but since the channel is in advanced mode you still have access to all of the other channel settings like full pan, low cut settings, and linking. I'll play with it a bit more to confirm, and perhaps someone else can confirm also. It seems like this is akin to setting your ISO's post-fader. That said, I'd still love a feature to be able to quickly switch the faders between fader and gain mode - perhaps by pressing the star key. Here's another question which I may have missed: What is the default setting of the low cut filter in basic mode? And can you enter Advanced mode, choose the filter frequency you want, and then go back into basic mode and have the low cut still be at that frequency? -Mike
  12. You're correct if you simply put two cardioids back to back. As the original post stated though, flipping the phase on one of the cards (the "rear" mic) is what gives the figure-8 pattern as opposed to an Omni-like pattern. The coincidence of the diaphragms also determines how accurate the pattern is. That's why single diaphragm figure-8 mics like the MKH30 are so highly regarded. Ribbon mics also use a single element for both sides of the pattern, hence the deep null. Simply putting two cardioid mics back to back will never get the diaphragms close enough to give an accurate figure-8 pattern. -Mike
  13. The above re:bags was from page 4 of this thread too. -Mike
  14. Contact Chris Johnson of Busman Audio. He does mods on the DR-680 and also fixed mine when I did the same thing as you - fried the power circuit with an improper voltage setting. He's great and knows the unit well. I believe the fix was about $100 for mine. -Mike
  15. I've used my MKH50/30 rig indoors with just the foam covers that come with the mics. The foam gets a little squished between the mics but it works fine. Won't stand up to super quick boom swings but you will want to avoid those anyway when using a stereo rig (as I'm sure you know) so you don't get wild sudden changes in the stereo image. -Mike