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  1. The Sound Devices A20-TX seems to give us all the goodness of the A20-Mini, but in a bigger form factor (similar to the previous A10-TX). Such as that massively super wideband capabilities, but now it is even wider: of 169 to 1525 MHz, with VHF being included as well. Also adds in the Phantom Power capabilities and longer run time of the previous gen A10-TX which many people wished the A20-Mini had (but couldn't due to its miniature size). Price for the Sound Devices A20-TX is US$2,450. First difference that immediately leaps out is that the A20-TX has 3x AA (vs 2x AA of the A10-TX): Battery run time is "up to 12hrs" for the A20-TX, which at first glance makes it comparable to the A10-TX? As the longest running option for the A10-TX is 12 hr 18 min for low power (10mW) with lithium batteries. Spec sheet indicates the A20-TX is almost identical in size to the A10-TX: 8.5 x 6.4 x 1.81 cm vs 83 x 64 x 18 mm The A20-TX might even be lighter? (if not counting the weight of batteries, as it is 3x AA vs 2x AA) Assuming the A10-TX is listed as its weight without batteries: 98gm vs 104gm Slight change in power output options: Low - 2 mW, Normal - 10 mW, High - 20 mW, Extra High - 40 mW vs Low: 10 mW, Med: 20 mW, High: 50 mW I like that there is the A20-TX Switch which is also announced: It is a little accessory that can be added to the top of the A20-TX, which allows you to mute/unmute the audio, I could see this being handy for a 1st / 2nd AS to wear for coms. The second major announcement is a cheaper 4 channel alternative to the more expensive 8 channel Nexus: "Sound Devices A20-Nexus Go" https://www.sounddevices.com/product/a20-nexus-go/ It's essentially very similar to the big brother Nexus, except it starts out with less channels: 4 vs 8 But just like the Nexus, the Nexus Go can also add extra channels to it after purchase, by paying extra to unlock them: Nexus has options for 20, 16, 8 channels vs the 8, 6, 4 channels of the Nexus Go. The Nexus Go drops the feature of Dante which Nexus has, but Nexus Go also drops the price in a big way: US$8,495 for the Nexus Go ( vs US$14,495 for the Nexus) Otherwise, Nexus Go and Nexus are more similar than different to each other. For instance both can use the A20-QuickDock for 8-Series. I was a little surprised to see that even the expansion license is the same for both the Nexus and Nexus Go is the same at US$2,500 even though this $2.5K for the Nexus unlocks 4 channels but only 2 channels in the Nexus Go? (I'd have hoped that for the same price, then they'd unlock the same number of channels? Or the expansion license for two extra channels on the Nexus Go would be lower?)
  2. I work with the Sound Devices 833 and for outdoor i have a MKH8060 with Schoeps CCM8 ontop in a Cinela Basket. A perfect set-up for documetaries where the post-team knows how to treat MS-stereo files ( i deliver them the descreet Mid & Side iso's in addition to the wireless iso's). But for situations where i know the post-team knows absolutely nothing about MS-decoding i want to record (and deliver) a decoded left- and right-stereo. This seems to work only if i send the MS-signal to the Mix L&R with MS-Link switched on and record the Mix. I remember my workflow with the MixPre where it could be set in the menu wether to record the MS-signal decoded or not - seems not to be the case on my 833. Does anybody know a simple way to have the MS-Signal decoded and then recorded without having to send it to the mix (with SD 8 series)? How is your workflow regarding MS-Ambiences recorded simultaniously to regular takes ? chris
  3. Given that there is only one USB in the SD 664 recorder, I running an USB cable from the recorder to the CL-12. I would also like to connect the WM-Connect dongle. Is there a USB port in the back of the CL-12 to connect it? Cheers, M
  4. Hi everyone, I'm considering to upgrade my A10RX to an A20RX. The cost for having the the unit upgraded is not cheap, at all. I use my A10RX mainly in the bag with A10 TX and betso bowtie direclty connected to it. Using the A20 with the A10TX, I will "only" benefit of the added band pass filer and probably a better or longer firmware updating path. I'd like to know the experience of someone who has already upgraded his unit/s or someone who uses both and can compare the performance of the two receivers. An antenna distributor with a tunable filter costs and weights more, but can be used with more receivers, and of different brands, even if most new receivers tend to have a built in band pass filter. My intention is to buy 2 or maybe 4 wirelss channels next year, but I haven't decided yet wich brand. Any consideration is very welcome.
  5. Hi, I spent the whole day testing the new SD833. Not in real life yet, but rather an introduction and discovery of the new functions. First thing, no more Quickboot, but fortunately, the initialization of the recorder only takes 8 seconds, rather acceptable for this type of equipment. Regarding the battery life, I tested the 833 with an MS couple of Schoeps microphones powered in 48 Volts, and a Wisycom MCR42 receiver connected in AES 3 on inputs 1 and 2. My Audioroot distribution shows a power consumption of more or less 12 W, or about 6 hours with a fully charged 98 Wh battery. In the end, in a real situation, it will take 2 batteries to last the full day, but it doesn't seem to me to be a fundamental problem, as I always carry spare batteries. On the other hand, what worries me a little is the heat released by the device. After a while, it becomes almost impossible to hold hands on the frame as it is so hot. The box acts as a thermal radiator, but I have some concerns for the days when the recorder is installed in a bag and the outside temperature is high. I hope that Sound devices has anticipated this aspect well, because the 833 will first be used in a bag. I called other colleagues and they observed the same heat release. Despite this concern, I love the features offered by this machine. Thanks to the 6 microphone inputs, I can now connect my MS pair to inputs 3 and 4 and link it to keep the potentiometers 1 and 2 free for wireless receivers. With the 633, I had to use 1 and 2 for the stereo pair and lost the possibility to use the second potentiometer. When the channels are linked, all their parameters are also linked (fader, gain, filter, limiter, etc.). The menus are very intuitive and easy to navigate if you know the 633, and there are some well thought-out shortcuts like the Pan. By pressing the */** switch and turning the encoder, the Pan can be varied continuously and not only switched betweeen the three fixed positions. I also like the integrated EQs to compensate for the effect of a fur on a windshield outdoors for example, the adjustable limiters and filters with lower cut-off frequencies but especially a slope of 18 dB/oct, more suitable for cleaning boom handling noises, in my opinion . The screen is very readable and has a better resolution than the 633. The colored LED rings around the gains could look a bit "disco style", but are indeed very useful as you can see on which channels there is a signal and if the levels are correctly adjusted. I found in this machine, the qualities of the 788 (Led rings, internal SSD) and the flexibility and ergonomics of the Sound Devices mixers. Concerning the sound, the preamps seem clearer to me than those of the 633, perhaps because of the absence of input transformers and a decrease in the distortion rate. This will have to be confirmed after the first shoots in real life situations. The version of the Firmware I installed today seems to solve a Timecode problem and provides CL12 and Mix-assist support (in addition to Dungan). After this first day with the 833, it sems that for run and gun, I'll need to prepare configurations as there are so many things that can be customized. This shows the potential of development and this is exciting as one feel that there is lot to come with this new architecture.
  6. Hi, It seems as of this week the Sound devices CL-12 is discontinued... Why is that so?
  7. Hello everyone! One of the great uses for MixPre 6 that I see is a very portable Ambisonics recorder for ambiences and other SFX. The golden rule of SFX recording is to sort them and supply with SoundMiner metadata as early as you can because otherwise you'll hardly ever find the recordings (hello my over 50 GBs from university times). So, is it technically possible to make a version of Wingman app that would have metadata fields (I'll name them the way as SM does) such as Description, BWFDescription, Comments and maybe some other SM fields? It can be much more handy to fill these in while you're recording or right after it. For a long time I though that the field Description is proprietary to SM but suddenly I learned that Reaper's Media Explorer sees that field and calls it Comments and also Search (by prosoundeffects) uses it as its own Description field. I'm a Russian and we tend to use Cyrillic in Description field and English in BWFDescription and when I saw a field in Russian (or that can't be read by Search) I was positive it was the SM Description. So, can Wingman be upgraded to sort SFX for libraries on the go and how many people besides me would be into it? Since SD offers a lot of "without a laptop" features like remix, then why not? Oh, and also, I'd definitely appreciate support of Cyrillic in Description section
  8. RIP. Little fella.. Such a useful tool
  9. I recently purchased a MixPre 3 and was hoping to use my RODE SmartLav+ and RODE SmartLav and was pretty surprised when they both didn't work. I just want to make sure before I sell one of my SmartLavs that they indeed will not work with my MixPre 3. I also have a TASCAM DR60D that I used the lavs with successfully so I dont understand why the Smartlavs wont work with the MixPre 3. I've been trying with the adapter since the mics are TRRS, can anyone tell me why the SmartLavs wont work with the MixPre 3 thanks.
  10. I enjoyed this "short" :-)) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NltCxxyqFUU Waiting for the next installment. I think this has the potential to become a dark, heavy, action drama with car chase scenes and international intrigue... Episode One: These 2 poolside heavies plant Audio Ltd. wireless mics into Zaxcom headquarters in order to unlock the secret code ..... on second thought, maybe a comedy series would be the way to go....ha ha! The MixPre 6 sounds good to my ear. Anyone know which wireless models, lavs and camera were used? Cheers, Dave
  11. Is there a way to marry multiple takes into a single take (remove take markers) on the 664?
  12. I just purchased used sound devices 664 and was wondering if a SanDisk extreme pro 64 GB is worth the extra money compared the SanDisk extreme, the speed writing is almost the same, what else requirement (in addition the commercial) is really important to consider?
  13. Let me be the first to offer congratulations to the team at Sound Devices for their win at the CAS Awards for the Product of the Year. Great job by a great team. And congratulations to every sound mixer honored by a nomination or an award - yours is a tough job and the end results are always to impressive. Keep up the good work! Gordon Gordon Moore President Lectrosonics
  14. Outputing from my SD 633 X3/X4 outputs to a Lectrosonics UM400 for IFB. Straight cable is a little too hot. Needs a pad of say -20 db. Handy with a soldering iron. What value are you guys using for resistors R1 and R2?. Diagram below. Don't need a lesson in Ohms law, just too lazy to create a spreadsheet on my own for something that I'm sure a dozen of you guys have done. TIA Or is there enough gain if I wire the TA5 into the lectro line level? I should have known to look on the Lectro site first. Found this. Since I can't delete this entire post, I'll leave it hear so it may help others.
  15. Hi, I am having a spring clean of my surplus gear stored in the garage, and was wondering where best to list it for sale. I have a 788SD which was my backup recorder as well as a bunch of LECTRO gear - multi-couplers, VR Venue, Transmitters, COMTEC gear, plus a SOUNDFIELD SPS200 Mic with breakout cable etc. I don't think this sort of kit would suit EBAY, any ideas?
  16. http://ironfilm.co.nz/leaked-is-a-new-sound-devices-mixpre-10t-coming-soon/ The clues appear to point in that direction! Would be a 10 track recorder priced somewhere between the MixPre-6 and 633, I assume.
  17. Hi All, Wondering if anyone has done a music tracking session into a DAW using a Sound Devices MixPre 6/3? Thinking of retiring an Apogee Duet Firewire and wonder how the MixPres sound for music tracking. It's ability to do double duty is very attractive if the studio sound is in the Duet league or better. I've seen a video or two demo-ing recording music live-off-the-floor direct into the MixPre - more curious as to how it sounds as DAW interface as compared to others in it's price-point. Would love to hear a full layered session (clean instruments - not distorted guitar) with a wide variety of acoustic and virtual instruments and especially male and female lead and background vocal overdubs. Curious if the MixPres have "musical mojo" as tracks are layered :-)) Thanks very kindly. All the best, Dave
  18. Looking for the right upgrade path I think we have to establish the needs clear before asking what's better, because there is no one perfect for everyone. So here are my needs: - Best Sound possible. My main constraint is NOT the number of channels or how beautiful are the menus BUT the sound quality for post-production. - I'm a solo sound mixer / boom operator, no help for now. - Never recorded more than 4 channels for now. But I dont' mind to have a couple more... just in case. - Been using 744T + SD442. - Bag a little heavy and I don't really like the menus on the 744T. - Want to have nice and expensive and beautiful equipment to impress my clients. Sound ridiculous but marketing is the most important thing and having the best equipment sells by itself. With all that in mind: Which of the following setups does in your experience record BETTER sound for film and does meet better my needs? - Sound Devices 744T + SD442 combo - Sound devices 788T + CL8 - Sound Devices 664 - Sound Devices 633 - Sound Devices 688 I've almost got a 788T SSD + w/ CL8 and a SD664... but now I think the best choice could be a brand new 633, that will be with me forever... What do you think?
  19. Im looking to make a water proof enclosure for my 633, an np battery and an src receiver. Ideally it would have a clear panel to see meters through. Does not need to be deep water submersible as it will likely be on a kayak deck. Has anyone messed around to make something like this? Opening the lid to adjust gain is probably fine and I will use wingman to roll and cut. Cheers
  20. Anyone encountered this? the meters on the ISO's look to be recording as per usual but all monitor outputs are outputting static including pfl's. Tried a cut/re roll as well as full power cycle. firmware 4.50
  21. Hey folks, long time lurker first time poster. [edit: I actually forgot that I posted a few times on here before, so this isn't strictly true] I currently have a Sound Devices 552, but I'm making the sideways move into a 744T, since at the moment my work is mostly about recording rather than mixing. My question is about the case - at the moment I have a Portabrace which fits the 552 perfectly...I'm not sure which model it is exactly. I'm wondering if a 744T would fit in there too? What is the difference in size between the two machines? Cheers!
  22. I just bought a Sound Devices 702 --- delivery should be by or on December 2nd, 2016. After using Zoom H4N, and Marantz PMD661 (modified by Oade Brothers) I am moving up due to the wanting and needing the very quiet pre-amps of the Sound Devices. I am a Radio Producer for a Public Radio Station in the U-S , focusing on in the field interviews with scientists. Everything I produce and air, has to have great sound quality from my guests, PLUS, my radio features are very rich in natural sounds. To keep the quality of my future projects as high as possible, I plan on using my SD702 at the highest sample rate -- 192Khz -- and 24 khz bit depth. I often use the Beyerdyamic Omni Dynamic ME58 microphone for these ' in the woods ' interviews with great results. I will spend several hours in heavy woods or fields and the Beyerdynamic simply does not have any handling noise! That being said, two questions though from those of you who have already been using the SD702. (1) To save space on my CF cards on my IN-STUDIO interviews where I am not concerned with recording nature backgrounds, I am considering just recording in MONO on my SD702, BUT, then creating the "stereo" in Post production. Does anybody else do this ?? (2) Since CF Cards are generally more expensive that SD cards, do you (2-A) SAVE all of your CF Cards to act as a backup? (*Of course in addition to transferring the audio to a larger external hard drive*) OR, do you (2-B) due to the price of CF cards, do you simply back up all of your SD702 to an external hard drive , then RE-FORMAT and RE-USE the CF cards? Many thanks for any input SD702 users can give is greatly appreciated. Can't wait to get the in the field with my SD 702. Kevin Midwest/U.S.A.
  23. My workhorse SD 442 locked up after 12 years of service and all meter LEDs started pulsing. I suspected the IC chip controlling the menu functions because after tap dancing through the menu buttons the mixer seemed back, the tone oscillator worked and meters registered unity, but couldn't bring back the menu functions and as soon as I tested with mics plugged back in... back to malfunctioning, passing no audio and all LEDs pulsing. Now I can't even do that, at haven't tried and pulled out the backup (always carry a backup). NOW SUSPECT that the memory that retains menu settings is wiped or a capacitor failure. She's on the bench this morning and I don't see any telltale signs of capacitor failure, it just has the cover off and doing a blow out and visual inspection, but this is the most logical deduction I have. If anyone experienced a 442 death like this I would like to know what they think or if they had it repaired. This happened very suddenly and after 4 days of traveling on a short flight as plane side checked in a very well padded case. No choice in on a shuttle. Mine is old and has it's inputs soldered straight to the board, no ribbon cable connections, but it does have the waterproof coated boards. I know about the SD bench fee and 'm most probably not going to fix unless someone can say definitively what happened and what to do. It was serviced last year... this is just more of a post mortem exercise IMG_1406[1].MOV
  24. Hello friends, Ben here from Vancouver, finally joined this great group here's my first post. I have a friend who can sell me a 664 that's in great shape for a good price. I'm also going to grab a Cl-12 at the same time. My question is this: should I wait and purchase a 688 instead? I am aware of the technical differences of the 2 units but want to hear from people who use one (or both) in the field. What do you think? Is the 688 so much ( about 3k more for me) better or will the 664 do the job just fine? Thanks!
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