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  1. After some Covid-related delays, the Tentacle Sync Track E is now available for pre-order from B&H for $349: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1506356-REG/tentacle_sync_track_e_pocket_audio.html From the updates on the Tentacle Sync website, it sounds like they are going to begin manufacturing in the next couple of weeks.
  2. There's a helpful 8-series comparison chart here for the key differences between the 833, 888, and Scorpio: https://www.sounddevices.com/8-series-comparison-chart/ Pricing for the 888 is $6995 which as you might expect fits between the $3995 for the 833 and the $8995 for the Scorpio.
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    New SD 833

    Yes, that's correct AES (or technically AES3) carries two audio channels over a single XLR cable. So this would apply to both AES inputs or AES outputs.
  4. So does this mean they are using multiple A/D converters like in the MixPre recorders and Zoom F6?
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    New SD 833

    According to the manual, the SMA connector: "Connects to included external antenna for Bluetooth LE." It's kind of interesting to have an antenna for Bluetooth, which is kind of designed for short range applications to begin with, but this may improve the usable range. Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) is the low power version of Bluetooth.
  6. I'm curious about the effects support. The website says that: "The vocal air effect is an easily dialed-in combination of EQ and compression that results in a breathy intimacy to vocals ..." Does this mean that EQ and compression are separately configurable effects that can be applied per channel? Or is it basically just vocal air effect on/off?
  7. The 6-series mixer/recorders also include AES digital I/O, AES42 digital microphone input support, more outputs, dual headphone jacks, separate trim and fader knobs, and configurable output delays (on the digital mixers). And while there isn't a single comparison chart that includes both the MixPre-10T and the 6-series units, you could open the comparison pages for the MIxPre and 6-series and put them side by side, to get a sense of the differences: https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-10t/feature-comparison https://www.sounddevices.com/products/mixers-w
  8. Also may be worth checking out Waves Tracks Live: https://www.waves.com/mixers-racks/tracks-live It's a free download (or $99 with phone and support) and runs on both Windows and Mac. Includes timecode input and output features and is generally simpler to use than a full blown DAW like Reaper.
  9. It's certainly possible that some of the DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors are better than others, but it's kind of difficult to determine which brand of connector is being used in a particular product (the female DIN jacks in particular all look fairly similar cosmetically). So I couldn't really say which brand is best. I actually think the bigger issue than the brand of the connector is how the connector is secured to the device frame or housing. Some of the Blackmagic products just have the DIN connectors soldered to the internal PCB, with no retaining nut that secures the connector to the device
  10. I'm not a huge fan of those DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors for a slightly different reason: they are kind of flimsy. These connectors are sometimes used for SDI video signals in on products where space is a concern or where a high density of connectors is needed (for UHD quad link SDI video, this allows for cramming 4 of those connectors in a very small space). Some of the Blackmagic Design products use them. Let's just say I've broken a few of these DIN connectors, and overall I've found them to be far less robust than full-sized BNC. The connectors do look fairly well secured to the unit i
  11. The SyncBac Pro unit definitely looks interesting and it seems like they just started production of the units in early September. Just in time for the announcement of the new GoPro Hero 5! Just one small problem ... the GoPro 5 seems to lack the multi-pin expansion connector on the back like the earlier GoPro models have. Which means there's nothing for the SyncBac unit to plug in to. It looks like audio input via USB may still be an option for the GoPro 5, although they switched to a USB Type-C port (rather than the mini-USB port included on GoPro 4 and earlier). Which means that the ori
  12. Is this backwards compatible with the 400 series transmitters or does it only work with the newer wide bandwidth (LT, LMb, etc.) transmitters?
  13. Actually, I believe this number only takes into account delivery order and doesn't even consider the various streets one could take. So, say you have 3 packages to deliver to the following 3 locations: 1) Van Nuys, 2) Oxnard, and 3) Burbank You could go a ) Burbank, Oxnard, Van Nuys, or b ) Oxnard, Burbank, Van Nuys, or c ) Oxnard, Van Nuys, Burbank, or d ) ... you get the idea With 3 pacakges there are 6 possible routes. Now obviously some of these make way more sense than others, like © would probably be a much better bet than (a). But the problem is that the more delivery lo
  14. My concern would be that from a business standpoint Apple is a very different company than they were back in 2000 when they introduced the G4 Cube. In 2000 Apple was basically a niche computer company (with about 4% of the PC market) selling mostly desktops and some laptops: http://gigapple.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/lapvsdesk_percentage.png?w=554&h=379 Now, Apple is much larger and much closer to being a mass market consumer electronics company. Most of their revenue these days comes from iPhones and iPads. Here's a graph of their revenue breakdown for the past 6 years: http://w
  15. Apple has been gradually moving away from internal expandability for sometime now. Used to be that you could replace or upgrade the memory in Mac laptops, now it's all soldered to the motherboard. You used to be able to get an internal (and replaceable) optical drive, now your only choice is an external one. Their laptops used to have a built in Ethernet port, now your only choice is a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter. Here's an interesting article on this trend: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/opinion-apple-retina-displa The new Mac Pro just seems like another step on the same pat
  16. The new Mac Pro reminds me a little bit of the ill-fated Power Mac G4 Cube which was discontinued in less than a year: http://apple-history.com/g4cube Innovative design, and sure looks slick, but will enough people actually buy them? The desktop market is much less vibrant then it used to be as the focus has switched more to laptops and tablets. It is cool that it'll be assembled in the US though.
  17. Serial number of the one I got was 00111502 on the box and 111504 on the XLR end. Funny that the serial numbers don't even match. Also the blue paint job on the Sennheiser logo on the case is pretty shoddy, looks like it was hand painted on there. With all the trouble that clearly went into these counterfeits, you'd think they could at least get a decent paint job on the case. Other differences are that the contacts on the XLR connector appear to be gold plated, whereas they are silver on the genuine 416s I have. And the little set screw near the base that you loosen to take the mic apart
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