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  1. Quick index to select posts 42 Jeff’s movie list 307 Nixon Resigns Picture 364 CIA the Second Recorder 455 Nagra II Video 146 Meet Jeff (Youtube) 319 The JBR experience 373 The Nagra Story, as I see it. 478 The Third Covert recorder 151 My VPR-5 325 My Nagra Source 400 The Nagra SN (Copy ) 479 The 1966 Covert recording 220 A different kind of Soundman 333 A Special Gift 404 There’s only One, Nagra I 480 The Fourth Recorder 225 What I found out about the Nagra I 335 The DH Difference 405 The Vienna Collection 482 Finally Fifth and Final Recorder 232 Conversation with Stefan Kudelski 337 The Yellow Recorder 422 An appropriate answer 430 What happened to - Serie Noir? 252 The First Nagra III 347 CIA issued Recorder 425 Early Nagra SN serial #'s 363 Dating & "NEW" Reverse Record 268 The Sony and the Telefunken 576 The Nagra IS Differences by dela ======================================================================================== My name is Bond, Joseph Bond. I collect tape recorders, yes, "Tape" recorders, from toys to spy to professional movie recorders of the past. Some of you know me as undercover. Today I'm JBOND I’m interested in this site and your profession because many of you recorded many great movies on the Nagra recorders I have in my collection. Reading a thread earlier about the movie The Shining, I’m sure that was recorded on a Nagra. Which one, anybody knows? I want to keep those stories alive before they are gone forever. These were the recorders many of you started with, primitive by today's recording standards, yet still, some of the greatest movies ever made were recorded on these recorders. I'm hoping, if I supply the pictures it will jog one's memory of the good and bad days using these recorders and some will supply the historical stories to go with them, stores that only the people that used them know, Stories that only you guys can share. Stories about, I hated using them, loved using them, they were a pain in the ass to use, to the changing out the tape in time, dropping the tape while everyone waited for you etc. dropped it off the top of a building recording such and such movie. We all saw the movies anything happen in a particular movie using a particular Nagra recorder that you can share? Whats your vintage Nagra story? What movie did you record with your Nagra and which machine did you record it on. Or what girl, actor or actress kept your attention while your tape spooled under the lid? The following pages are the Nagra stories sound men will never tell. Photos marked with RJW are copyrighted. Any use other than private with or without the RJW watermark is strictly forbidden, without written permission from the owner.Photos marked with RJW are copyrighted. Any use other than private with or without the RJW watermark is strictly forbidden, without written permission from the owner.
  2. I came across this item and I can't find out any information about it. The barrel slides open and allows you to put in (6) 1.5 volt button batteries in. If it is a inline mic power supply, will it take the place of other power supplies. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I was unable to upload any pictures
  3. Nagra 4.2 tension issues

    Hi all, I was attempting to do a health checkup on a friend's Nagra 4.2 and before I could even run an MRL tape to check response and azimuth I noticed that the tension was acting very strange. The tension rollers for both the supply and take-up sides are bouncing up and down adding a horrible wow to playback. The motor mode on the meter shows the current wildly fluctuating in time with the rollers if that gives any clues. The issue seems to eventually go away while running at 15ips but persists at 7.5 and 3.75ips. The tape stock isn't sticky and the tape path is very clean. The machine had been in storage for at least five years though. Just wondering if this is a familiar problem and if anyone has any ideas of the cause? I'm still searching for a proper service manual but it would be great if I could get some clues in the interim. Also, does anyone know if there's any easy way to determine the EQ curve of a 4.2? I own a Nagra IS-LT and a "NAB" sticker was attached to one of the PCBs.
  4. Thanks to Alex Milne of RFVenue for coming out to NYC, full interview available here: http://blog.rfvenue.com/rich-topman-of-professional-sound-services/
  5. http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/roadtournagra/1.html
  6. NAGRA has a new website. http://www.nagraaudio.com
  7. I don't know if you all have seen this, but I found a nice item on Ebay. Who wants it? I love cool old gear like this! http://www.ebay.com/itm/STELLAVOX-NAGRA-CUSTOM-CONSOLE-MIC-PRE-AMP-MIXER-M101-SENNHEISER-DENECKE-/150988643947?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14136%26meid%3D5479916346505074734%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1085%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D321065157252%26
  8. Hi I need to buy a set of stereo omni's that I would like to use for: Types of recording 1) Atmosphere and nature 2) Acoustic instruments (Closer) 3) Choirs & orchestra 4) Organ 5) Brass Ensemble 6) Brass quintet 7) Chamber Strings Other info - I also have Schoeps CMIT5 & CCM8 in MS to add if needed I also have a Neumann U87ai to help where needed. Recording to Protools Via Apogee Trak2 and hopefully a Nagra vi in the very near future I was looking at 1) DPA 4006 TLM Stereo kit 2) Schoeps Collette HS Stereo Kit Will any of these mic's (or others) be able to cover all those recording needs. I only have budget for one set, and will then save up for an ortf setup as well. Thank you!
  9. Nagra EMP preamp

    A provisional operating manual for the Nagra EMP preamp fell into my hands so I thought I would post what I learned. I haven’t yet played with the device itself but I could borrow an example if anyone is interested to know more. (I have worked with essentially the same preamps on a Nagra VI so I’m generally familiar with the source.) Briefly, it is a two-channel preamp, with built-in recording capability, designed as a stand-alone device or as a companion to the Nagra VI recorder. When used with the Nagra recorder, it draws its power from that source. As a stand-alone it can be powered either through a Hirose connector (accepting 9V- 13V) or from four internal AA batteries. Its size is very close to the Sound Devices Mix-Pre2. At 7.5 x 2 x 6.9” the Nagra is slightly smaller than the SD unit but only slightly. Weight, with batteries, is 2.2 pounds. According to Nagra, the preamps in the EMP are essentially the same as those used in the Nagra VI recorder. That would make them among the very best available in any portable device. Frequency response runs from 10 Hz to above 40 kHz and is flat from 20 Hz. Nagra claims a S/N of better than 114 dB. The pots are a match to the Nagra VI design. While there is no full-scale meter, there are three colored lights immediately above each knob. They are programmed at the factory to come on RED @ -1 dBFS, YELLOW @ -9 dBFS and GREEN @ -30 dBFS. Internal switches permit the user to re-set the lights to suit their own preferences. Phantom power is available, of course, and there are built-in limiters that may be engaged or disengaged for each channel individually. One can also choose a fast or slow attack time. Lights, independent of the three lights above each channel fader, indicate limiter activity. Two low-end filters may be independently engaged for each channel or one may operate flat. The low cut filter has no effect on program material above 60 Hz. Below 60 Hz, the graph line plunges like a diver. This is a welcome addition to the preamp design, providing a steep reduction in low frequency response for wind and handling noise without any effect on the deepest bass voices or even most instruments. The second position, called Vortex, provides a gentle slope beginning at a higher frequency and yielding about 4 dB of reduction at 100 Hz and more than 10 dB at 50 Hz. This is designed for effective wind control in blustery conditions with minimal effect on low voices. Nagra makes a point of emphasizing that the filters are hardware designs and not implemented through software. While the ability to change slopes and settings is sacrificed, the effectiveness of software filters is limited because they come later in the chain. With low frequency rumble, like wind noise, the circuit may already overloaded before the software filters come online. Inputs and outputs are via standard XLR connections. Output levels are adjustable but only by changing the positions of internal jumpers. The EMP has a built in recording capability. Files are saved to an internal 2 GB flash memory and may be ported to a computer through a USB connection. Recordings can be made at 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz. Oddly, only 16-bit recording is supported and there is no mention of timecode. The internal recording seems to be intended more as a back-up capability than as a primary function. This seems a nice addition to a Nagra VI. In a compact box it provides two additional channels of microphone inputs with operational characteristics that match the recorder. As a stand-alone device, I expect its attraction will be limited. I don’t know the cost but I would expect Swiss precision to be more expensive than the competitive Sound Devices MixPre. While I expect that the Nagra’s performance is probably superior, I wonder if that’s a distinction one would hear in most film applications. On the other hand, for people doing music recording, it offers the best performance in a small and user-friendly package. David
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