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    Oktava MK-012 testing

    Philip I am interested and, to be honest, rather puzzled by this. As discussed in a thread some years ago, when I purchased an MK012 and found the low-cut surprisingly and unusably noisy, the self-noise problem seemed consistent as confirmed both by Oktava-online themselves and Bill Sitler: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?305348-Oktava-MK012-low-cut-filter-self-noise . Your low-filter really must be the exception that proves the rule. For anyone else wanting a low-cut above and beyond that on their mixer/preamp, the Rycote Tac!t filter/cable is, of course, an option. Cheers, Roland
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    New Rode Stereo VideoMic X

    Hardly a mystery: surely a cost/price/market decision, as an RF biased model - a la NTG3 and NTG8 - would doubtless be decidedly more expensive. And the SVMX already seems rather highly priced for what it is...! Cheers, Roland
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    start up gear for field recording

    I've used the similar omni Primo EM172 capsules for various miniature SASS and Olson wing arrays over the years, and the most minimal kit I carry now - when even a MixPre-3 and a couple of SDCs is too much - is a Sony M10 with a stereo pair of the EM172 'Clippy' mics with Rycote covers that FEL also supply. Clipped either side of a tree, body etc. (I baulk at fixing them to my hat!) they work well for extremely minimal/discreet nature/ambience recording (with much lower self-noise than a normal lav), although, obviously, they are not immune to wind and not really up to snuff on more demanding sources (such as music recording). Cheers, Roland
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    start up gear for field recording

    The omni capsule is really rather good, and a pair of NT55s would be an affordable way of getting going with two capsule options: as Jez says, hiring more expensive mics for particular projects may be a good bet too in early days. Yes, a pair of Baby Ball gags (with furry windjammers) would be wise and, with omnis in particular, they can work in reasonable wind. Another affordable option (in addition perhaps?) for wind protection would be a Rode blimp (not first choice for booming, as the MK1 version in particular is a little heavy and large, but decent enough and usefully roomy for field recording). In addition to housing a mic for mono recording with better wind protection than a ball gag or softie (you make no reference to a shotgun or hypercardioid mic, which you might want to consider in addition to the wider pattern mics you are contemplating - there are plenty of budget options to get you going), you can even stick a pair of SDC omnis (the NT55s are the perfect length) end to end in a Rode blimp giving yourself an extremely robust, portable and windproof AB stereo pair with enough separation (350mm) - see pic! Effectiveness of the blimp is not reduced since the capsules remain the designed distance from the sides. Anyway, just an example of a bit of lateral thinking. Cheers, Roland
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    start up gear for field recording

    Hello, A few thoughts: Pattern. Why specifically XY? Even if a compact and practical MS setup isn't feasible on cost grounds, you could make life easier and cheaper by using ORTF, NOS or AB, with individual windjammers for each mic (these could be baby ball gags or full blimps like the affordable Rode, depending on mics and pattern). Omni mics handle wind best, and can be fantastic for nature/ambience recording. Windjammer effectiveness. Be wary of squeezing mic pairs into blimps not designed for the purpose: the distance from the mic capsule to the side of the blimp/windjammer is crucial - reduce this and reduce the wind attenuation. Mics. CM3 have many fans for cost-effective music recording, but not sure they should be your first choice for field recordings, in terms of self-noise, handling noise and wide cardioid pattern. As Sennheiser MKH mics appear out of your reach, how about some more affordable SDC mics that give you capsule choices? E.g. a pair of Rode NT55? Recorder: SD MixPre-6 is a good affordable choice. But if money is tight and you only want to make mono and stereo recordings, why not go for the MixPre-3, and spend more on mics and wind protection? Smaller is always good for field/nature recording, when lugging kit. Decent rechargeable AA batteries (e.g. Eneloop Pro) are fine for this, and are the simplest, lightest and most robust option, unless recording unbroken for hour after hour... Other resources: Magnus Bergsson has a thoughtful website relevant to you where he shows a huge variety of mics, recorders etc. for similar recording, with files you can listen to: https://fieldrecording.net/english/ Cheers, Roland
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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
  15. 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