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  1. I second both the choice of headphones (or, indeed, the similar AKG K612 Pro) and Sonarworks. Use both happily for mixing (obviously using monitors too!). Cheers, Roland
  2. I don't think so, and the SD firmware update details don't suggest this: why isn't it simply a case of selecting 'off' under 'inputs' on the second page of the channel view? Or was that option there before 5.00/5.01?! Cheers, Roland
  3. Are you sure? Has there been a change during production? I ask, since the teardown photos show the AK5558VN as per Borjam's post: https://fccid.io/2AKLX-739M3/Internal-Photos/Internal-Photos-3297643.iframe Cheers, Roland
  4. Once you are not doing production sound, then you really need to think what you want from such bags: side entry for cables, transparent top window or what? I have found that for field recording (sound effects and music on location) with my minute Mixpre-3 set up I don't find side entry for cables any advantage and nor is a transparent top window much use. Rather, I would have something that can hold ancillary kit more safely and that is more discreet both visually and noise-wise (think velcro). So I have given up using my Mixpre-3 in a Petrol 607 and, instead, for the last 18 months have been using a Thinktank Retrospective bag: in my case I use the Retrospective 7, so I can also carry mics (usually 4 SDCs), HD25 headphones, a couple of invision 7 shockmounts, 2 x baby ball gags, cables, spare batteries, a small M43 camera + extra lens, a 10" tablet etc. Though still modest in size, there are smaller ones if you want less clobber. Just a thought that, of course, may not be relevant to you! Cheers, Roland
  5. Thanks for clarifying David: I thought from your first post (with that use of the past perfect) that you were referring to a past problem, not the then current file-splitting bug affecting files over 4Gb. It was, of course, a pity to see v.3.0 of the Mixpre firmware released with this problem, but glad this was fixed quickly (in 4 days), so we can enjoy the benefits of the major firmware update. Cheers, Roland
  6. Ditto re overwriting/'destroyed' files, and I've had a Mixpre-3 from when they first came out: more to the point this isn't included in SD's very clear/exhaustive list of changes and fixes in the firmware history - https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware/?device=3 David/Ironfilm, what is the basis for your post? Cheers, Roland
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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