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  1. No, David, the ultrasonic noise issue was fixed long before the second generation Mixpre models: back in firmware v.3.00 (Dec 2018). I agree, though, about the Mixpre-3 being a good fit for the OP's non-professional purposes: it is capable and remarkably diminutive. Cheers, Roland
  2. Don't know about the Kortwich one, but Pinknoise in the UK sell such a 633 add-on preamp (slightly more expensive), made for them by Marenius: https://www.marenius.se/audiodesign/sd633.htm . Haven't heard it, but a very reputable manufacturer and seller. There's a video of John from Pinknoise showing the preamp here: https://www.newsshooter.com/2016/08/14/excellence-in-sound-16-event-pinknoise-sound-devices-633-3-channel-expander/ Cheers, Roland
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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. Cheer
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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 usefu
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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