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    Sound Recordist for Indie Features, Documentary and Reality
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  1. I would argue the X1 and X2 are some of the most reliable and well made recorders ever. You can still get them serviced and they sound incredible. Are they practical in 2022, not exactly - file writing speed is slow and track count is limited - but for 7 or less tracks I think it worth the money. I say that owning an X1, and comparing it to my SD, Zaxcom and Nagra recorders.
  2. Well that 16 out is mighty appealing.
  3. I agree that it will come eventually. But realistically speaking the main purchasers of these professional recorders haven't really been asking for it. At the minute most professional sets are entirely wireless and thus unless you're using Audio Limited it's useful to record 32-bit. I'm sure if more companies had 32-bit transmitters then it would make more sense. With those prosumer recorders, the expectation is that people are using booms or podcasts mics via XLR into the recorder so the full range can be captured un-obtrussively. It's also the obvious element that professionals know how to properly set gain - even if you're going from someone whispering to yelling. The amount of times in my career that I've actually clipped a track is so few that I wouldn't even bother worrying about it. It's also important to note that a couple of recorders have some dynamic range extenders - zaxcom for example has neverclip that adds an additional 20 or 24db to your tracks which I guess would be close to a 32-bit file. The other thing to note is the processing power required not just to record these tracks but to have elements like noise-reduction, automixing, infinite routing and such available is properly quite a bit. With 8-series maybe they can do 32-bit recording, but probably not with dugan and cedar engaged at the same time.
  4. Not 100%, but I'm fairly sure cause it is an AES signal the clock resolves it. In the same way that Zaxcom equipment is 32khz, but its fine recording on 48khz.
  5. Hi, If your recorder has no metadata regarding timecode there is no problem at all. Just use scratch audio to get it sync up and it will be fine. Don't worry about the 25fps component, the editor can output the frame rate.
  6. Hi Jeff, Out of curiosity what was the first production you used a DAT on? What was the discussion like with post-production sound and editing regarding this workflow, were they keen to use it?
  7. Personally I set my gain on my Nova at +5db for trim on MRX receivers. That said I can't tell you why, it just sounds better that why IMO. That said if you have transmitters that don't use neverclip there is definitely a reason to set gain on TX lower and have the trim set higher on the recorder (by utilising the compressors in the Nova). I've had a Nova for over a year and I've tried a bunch of trim structures, and just always settled on +5. I'm sure you're probably meant to stick to unity or maybe +3db to accomodate for receiver signal loss. But I don't think you can go too wrong within a 6db increment.
  8. I used to use my 744T with my Zaxcom QRX235 receiver, because I could control gain I was more than happy to just leave input 3 and 4 always at +5db gain.
  9. Just out of curiosity, is anyone using the RX-8 without Dante? I don't really understand what differentiates it over the RX-12, considering they are roughly the same price and the RX-12 supports 24 channels?
  10. Yeah I used to run a bag like that, it absolutely killed me (788T, with 6 411A's). Now I run a nova, 2 x QRX212 modules and a QRX200, it weighs about 3 kgs in my portabrace bag. So much better on my back. Will be even better when I get a MRX414 to get rid of that QRX200.
  11. I'm fairly sure most of the SD recorders have AES outs. Tbh I can't think of one that doesn't. The 5-series, 7-series, 6-series and 8-series all have AES outs.
  12. Ahhh okay, I usually only use a wireless camera link. But good to know.
  13. Personally I don't think its worth buying a Nagra VI nowadays. The cost is just insane for a second hand recorder. Like what it is it 5K or something? Personally I would consider buying a used 788T, at least you get 8 preamps, and they are going for as low as 1K nowadays. Or if you're looking to move away from the SD preamp sound maybe have a look at the brand Sonosax, you can get some used Sonosax recorders quite cheap and they sound on par with Nagra VI or Aaton Cantars.
  14. Personally I would take a look at the Zaxcom Nova in store, and have a play around with one. I love mine, but I definitely know its not for everyone (especially in terms of GUI and control).
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