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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 vs Zoom F4

    I have an MP-3 and there is no phase reverse: it would be in the channel menu. Its absence is a little odd, but I too doubt it is marketing. I wonder whether borjam has asked SD about it? Certainly they have been responsive to many of us requesting firmware changes/expanded functionality over the last year. Cheers, Roland
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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 vs Zoom F4

    Putting aside the idea of a 'poor man's MS' sans figure 8 mic (?!), polarity reverse would be a nice firmware update, but its absence from my Mixpre-3 doesn't offend me. Only yesterday I was recording (without any feeling of irritation!) with a Neutrik NA3FMX on a mic for which I was reversing polarity, and with only three mic preamps its hardly a big deal: and it's a cheap solution for even the most 'budget conscious'. Cheers, Roland
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    Zoom F8n.

    Well, not really: it is quite reasonable to consider a limiter - at least an analogue one - as part of the preamp circuit. Indeed the manufacturers often do. Constantin's wider point about more rigorous and real world comparisons is, of course, entirely valid. Cheers, Roland
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    Mixer/recorder - changing the stereo width

    To change headphone preset (e.g. from post-fade LR to pre-fade MS decoded) requires three taps of the screen; ditto if you want to change to a different overall preset. I agree that an updated manual incorporating the changes to the firmware would be useful and hope that SD have this in mind: it's rather odd that the manual hasn't been updated with each firmware update where the functionality has changed. Whether or not the MixPre-series recorders provide sufficient mixing capability for your use is, of course, for you to decide: what is clear is that they provide the MS options that you set out in your original post, and have very capable preamps too. Cheers, Roland
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    Mixer/recorder - changing the stereo width

    So are you ruling out the MixPre-series, which (since last week's firmware 2.20 update) can do exactly what you want in regard to MS? But perhaps they lack other functionality you need? Cheers, Roland
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    Mixer/recorder - changing the stereo width

    And it's the same with the Sound Devices MixPre-series recorders with the latest firmware. Cheers, Roland
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    Looking for a non audio looking bag for my MixPre 3

    By the OP's ref to the Portabrace AR DR05, just a very small bag for the MixPre-3. Looking at which, a similarly shaped bag - and smaller than the Thinktank Retrospective bags that i suggested earlier - to the Portabrace AR DR05 is the smallest leather and canvas National Geographic bag in their 'Africa' range: https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/national-geographic-africa-camera-sling-bag-for-csc I have one here (for a mirrorless camera) and have just tried it with the MixPre-3, which fits well: space underneath for mics perhaps, and you would probably need some right-angle XLRs. And it's being sold at a bargain price these days. Not sure what you do with cables, headphones, mics, wind protection etc. with such a minimal bag as the OP seems to want though. Cheers, Roland
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    Looking for a non audio looking bag for my MixPre 3

    It rather depends, of course, on what else you want to put in the bag. Last summer I too needed a nondescript bag for my Mixpre-3 while recording on a 3-week tour with a band across Europe. In that case I also wanted to accommodate a couple of cables, various mics, two Rycote invision suspensions, two Baby Ball gags, two small Panasonic cameras (GX80), a tablet, batteries, filters etc., but still got away with the compact Thinktank Retrospective 7 (https://www.thinktankphoto.com/collections/retrospective-series/products/retrospective-7 ), which proved excellent. There are smaller ones in the Retrospective series if you need less in addition to the Mixpre-3. These bags have less unnecessary (horizontal) depth than many. Cheers, Roland
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    AETA Audio Systems stops the production of 4MINX

    It was back in February, I think: John Willett may be able to add more, though there isn't much more to be said I guess (John has posted here in the past and is active on other forums, and, of course, is the distributor here in the UK). Cheers, Roland
  10. That's because SD only announced plans to extend the Musicians' plug-in to the Mixpre-3 on Thursday. They made an announcement via Facebook (see below) and updated the feature comparison chart accordingly. Cheers, Roland
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    Many thanks for posting the test recording. Goodness, that sounds as if it is a very different frequency response for the fig 8 than the claimed '40 - 20000 Hz +/- 2.5 dB', but that could simply reflect your test: if you are going to do a different test, it would be nice, at some point during the test, to hear your voice, in turn, on axis and the same distance from the S and M mic as you move around and, indeed, any other tests (a piano?) to show any exaggerated bass roll off on the fig 8 mic. The obvious alternative - the Ambient ATE 208 Emesser - certainly lacks much in the way of low frequencies, with its specified +/- 3 dB: 200 - 16,000 Hz response: in this case Ambient sets out the reasons for the bass roll-off (http://ambient.de/en/product/emesser/) and it may be that Kortwich is doing exactly the same. Such bass roll off may be fine in a fig 8 for your purpose, or even a positive, though, for some, it would limit the wider usefulness of the mic (and, thus, an MKH30 would be a much better, though expensive, choice - with many other gains too: RF resistance to humidity, lower noise etc.) You are right that there are no obvious thorough reviews of the ATE 208 Emesser, though there are plenty of positive comments on this forum (e.g. ) and elsewhere (e.g. from John Willet). Cheers, Roland
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    Thanks for all the photos and dimensions. Yes, very clearly back-to-back cardioids, as with the Oktava MK012 fig 8, but less clunky. Rather surprised, given the L/R output option, that it has a standard 3-pin xlr. Do please add any further information from the datasheet you get when the new one you are buying arrives. Interested that you went for this option rather than the better known, MBHO-made, Ambient ATE 208 Emesser, with its more compact form and true single diaphragm, that you were considering previously. Any particular reason? Pricing of the two here in the UK is pretty much identical. Cheers, Roland
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    That's kind of you to offer to test. Given your equipment and experience, I wouldn't spend too much time on testing (although posting a recording with the raw M and S signals might be instructive: something that reveals the higher self noise of the fig 8, which you referred to earlier, might be instructive). Easier to do, however, would be to provide more details of the fig 8 mic, as suggested in an earlier post by me. This would be especially valuable given the paucity of information regarding the mic on Kortwich's own website and more generally on line. Close-up photos of the mic would be helpful. As mentioned previously, areas of interest include: Is the fig 8 mic really two cardioid capsules quite widely spaced, as the T-shape and Kortwich's statement that it is 'equally suitable for...L/R stereo' [!] suggest? How far apart are the capsules? What is the connector - the L/R stereo use suggests a 5-pin XLR, but is that the case? Can you provide additional specs to the minimal ones on line? E.g. sensitivity, the signal to noise ratio, frequency response graph, dimensions and weight. Some of these may be on a data sheet that came with the mic (I would hope so!) - a photo of that would be informative. Cheers, Roland
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    Good to hear that you have made a decision. Are you going to provide any details about the fig 8 mic? Given the dearth of information, this would be a useful contribution. Cheers, Roland
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    I think i) that very few have tested or used the Kortwich 8 (there is little available about it on line); ii) you have the advantage over most of us in that you have one to hand, so perhaps you could provide details of the mic that are so oddly lacking from Kortwich's website (is it really two cardioid capsules quite widely spaced, as the T-shape and Kortwich's statement that it is 'equally suitable for...L/R stereo' [!] suggests, and, if so, how far apart; what is the connector [the L/R stereo use suggests a 5-pin XLR, but is that the case?]; what is the sensitivity; what is the signal to noise; and what are the dimensions and weight?), and perhaps provide some close-up photos and even some (preferably comparative) samples? iii) this thread is covering some similar ground to a previous thread started by you 2 years ago, where you talked about testing both the Emesser ATE208 and the Kortwich 8. Providing more info as suggested above may help move discussion forward. Cheers, Roland
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