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  1. Unboxed my MixPre10 yesterday. Overall very happy with the unit so far. That said, two things seem puzzling to me and I would like to propose they be addressed with a firmware update if possible: 1.) The ISO tracks are only able to be viewed vertically with no numerical dB reading measurement available. I realize there's only so much info that can be displayed on the small screen of a 10-input recorder of this size, but I really wish there was an additional display option or way to view the ISO tracks horizontally with numerical dB measurements like you can on the MixPre6 and MixPre3. As it is now this limits my ability to confidentally set and monitor levels as I often only record a few ISOs at a time. 2.) It would be great if the ring light around the joystick was customizable to be green or white or simply off altogether rather than the current orange color when it is not recording. As it is now the standby orange color appears too similar to the recording red color when eyeballing the recorder from across a room or even a few meters away (often necessary as a one-man band shooter when you're not immediately next to the recorder). Any chance these things can be added in a future firmware @Paul Isaacs? Looking forward to putting this baby into the field soon. Thanks and take care, Mark
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    Is a new Sound Devices MixPre-10T coming soon?

    Curtis Judd's Initial Impressions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0fPGr_SDxs
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    Is a new Sound Devices MixPre-10T coming soon?

    Hi @Paul Isaacs, any word on battery life with the 8 AAs when phantom powering say 2 or 4 mics? Perhaps it was posted somewhere already, but I didn't see it. Also, any chance Sound Devices may be working on a single Sony NP-L battery sled option? The current dual battery solution seems optimal for extended battery life, but makes the shape a bit awkward in a bag with the batteries jutting out from the top and bottom. I know HawkWoods just put out their version, curious if you guys will? Thanks, Mark
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    Large blimp vs smaller blimp

    Appreciate all the responses. I wish there were a few more videos floating around that showed the differences between these systems in more practical situations (ex. recording dialog or ambiance in a windy forest/beach/city). I typically don't need to violently swing a pole side to side such extreme distances as demonstrated in that video. More interested in finding the best balance of reasonable wind reduction, size/weight of blimp, and the least colored sound. Makes me want to find a way to conduct my own detailed test. Might look into contacting a dealer and checking if they'll lend a few of these babies for the purpose of a comprehensive video test.
  5. Article: http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/09/19/tentacle-sync-tentacle-e-timecode-generator-ibc-2017/ Looking good. Thoughts? Mark
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    Large blimp vs smaller blimp

    Thanks manuelchk. So there is a noticeable difference in sound quality retention and/or effective wind noise reduction with the Cinela vs. the new Rycote? I'll look into their products, appreciate the info. Just curious, what mic(s) are you using? Thanks, Mark
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    Large blimp vs smaller blimp

    Been using the newer version of the Rode Blimp with Rycote shock mounts for about a year with my 416. Works great. No complaints other than its size. I noticed Rycote released a blimp last year that's specifically designed for the 416 and similar sized mics. It's considerably smaller and lighter. My question: generally speaking does the size of a blimp have a direct effect on its ability to cut out wind noise? It seems to me the larger the shielded area around the mic the more wind protection, but I'm sure there are other factors such as material and shape. I'm trying to keep my kit as small/light as possible and am thinking about upgrading to the much smaller Rycote, but not if it won't be as effective. Thoughts? Also, anyone have any experience with the new Rycote? They mention it will also fit a Sanken CS-3e, DPA 4017b, and CMIT. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1056426-REG/rode_blimp_windsheild_rycote_lyre_suspension.html https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1246569-REG/rycote_010324_windshield_kit_for_the.html Thanks, Mark
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    MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    Would you mind expanding on the limiters a bit more? Curious about the advantages/disadvantages compared to the F8 for your uses. Thanks, Mark
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    Equipment wishes for 2017

    Had a Maxx for a brief time and was impressed with its feature set, but less so its build quality. Would love to see a Maxx 2.0 with the features mentioned above in a more solid chassis similar to SD quality. That, and a more robust/protected card slot & card release.
  10. As Joseph mentioned, the 416 sounds significantly worse on my speakers and headphones. Something definitely seems off.
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    Quick question about tentacle sync

    Woo!! Excellent.
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    Quick question about tentacle sync

    Any word if there will be an Android app that supports these features? Or is it only iOS?
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    Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Question about powering the device through USB: I know it can be powered via USB through a laptop or USB Wall Adaptor, but can it powered via a portable USB Battery charger like an Anker battery pack? What's the minimum power required via USB for it to fully function? Thanks, Mark
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    Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    I kindly second this request. Given my workflow I'm often only concerned about adjusting the trim grain quickly and this would be a crucial feature for me. Would love to see this implemented. Thanks, Mark
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    Am I Just Unlucky?

    Hi all, I recently picked up a secondhand Zaxcom Maxx. It was used only a handful of times indoors from the previous owner and arrived in perfect working and cosmetic condition. Within the last 3 weeks of using the device I've experienced some disappointing issues with the build quality and am posting here to see if my experience with the Maxx is typical or not. Please note I'm not here to slam Zaxcom. Although I'm still learning its in and outs I've immediately been able to recognize its potential and am excited to use it more. It is clearly a powerful device and am impressed with its feature-set. I've heard Zaxcom mention multiple times they look for user feedback so it is my intention to facilitate a friendly discussion here and see if others have experienced similar issues. Issue #1: Within a few days of using the unit, the compact flash release button broke. The internal spring no longer has any tension and does nothing when pressed. Oddly enough when I was in the market for a Maxx last month a user on this forum was selling his and mentioned his compact flash release button also broke within just weeks of purchasing it. Although I'm primarily a camera operator I've used all forms of media (compact flash, SD, Cfast, SSD, etc.) on a variety of cameras and recorders for the past 12 years. I know how to carefully insert and remove media. I take care of my equipment, and I was cautious when handling the Maxx. Although I can still pull the CF card in and out using my fingernails I'm concerned over time this awkward pulling could cause the internal pins in the recorder to become damaged. When I called Zaxcom to inquire about it they estimated that the repair cost could be about $100. Factor in shipping to/from the facility and its looking like a ~$150-$200 repair. As an independent filmmaker on a tight budget who saved up for a long time to invest in the Maxx I was under the impression this device was built to hold up over time. Anyone else experience this issue? I'm wondering even if I get it repaired what stops it from happening again *if* it is a inherent flaw with the design of the spring/release? Issue #2: The tip of my 1/4" headphone adapter broke off and is now stuck in the Maxx, rendering the entire device useless. Again, I treat my gear with respect. Last week I tried removing my 7506s. To my dismay when I pulled out the 1/4" adaptor it was missing its tip. I can see it stuck in the port and I'm not sure I know of any pliers narrow enough to safely pull it out. And I'd rather not open up the whole device and try to repair it myself. Granted its completely fair to assume this could have been an issue with the 1/4" adaptor and not the Maxx. Nothing lasts forever and maybe the 1/4" adaptor was on its last leg. It just seems like a terrible coincidence and makes me question the build quality further. Perhaps the headphone port's build tolerance isn't as strict as other devices, and it is a hair too tight? Anyone else experience this issue? I've used Sound Devices products, Tascam, Marantz, etc, and never had this issue. Although I haven't yet called Zaxcom about this issue I'm guessing the repair cost could be similiar to the CF release. Again, a bit disappointing for a product of this price/caliber. But maybe Mercury is in retrograde, and this is just my poor luck? Issue #3: (This could be user error) I've always had good luck with SanDisk cards and was under the impression using them was generally a safe bet with Zaxcom. I'm using SanDisk 16GB Extreme 60 MB/s cards which I figured would be plenty fast for the Maxx. Before my 1/4" adaptor got stuck I was able to record a handful of clips including a final clip 18 minutes in length. Upon connecting the CF card to my PC for transfer all the clips showed up, but the last 18 minute clip showed a file size of 0 bytes. Fortunately, Zaxcom's damn cool file-rebuilding system kicked into effect when I reinserted the CF card into the Maxx and it was able to rebuild the missing/damaged file perfectly. While I'm glad to know the internal file recovery works, I'm a bit concerned that it had to work. I powered off the recorder normally after my recordings so I'm trying to figure out why this happened. Are my CF cards not fast enough for the Maxx? Or is this just a fluke? I've looked for an official CF compatibility list from Zaxcom, but can't find one. Any insight into these issues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. Take care, Mark