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  1. Yes, as if we need yet another thread but given Nomad lite is essentially a 664 so far as inputs and track counts and most of the features. Thought we could do a rough comparison over which one might be for some people over another. I've attached some pictures for size comparisons. Zaxcom's Nomad Lite does have some nice features like NeverClip and their "soft knee compressor" vs. SD's hard limiter. Obviously the size is different. The weight of the Nomad is 3.8 pounds without batteries vs. 4 pounds 12 ounces on the 664. Sound Devices has a good history of reliable machines and easy to use menu structures. Nomad changes the game with the way the unit mixes (eg. 1 gain, 6 faders) but is it something people can make a switch to - yes, people have - but is it a new "standard" when everyone wants more channels and less size?
  2. hi everyone, first post here! I´m right now looking for a field recorder suite my needs.. right now the only one that seems to be it for me, is the nomad lite. or the tascam hs p82.. What i need it for: sfx recording and ambience recording. no location sound. at least 5 mic preamps. Limiter or any other solution to avoid clipping. (Neverclip:-)) 96kHz at least. Whisper quiet preamps. (should be at least as quiet as the SD 7er series..) under 6000€ Euros. The 788t is out of competition for me, cause the limiters won't work with 96kHz or above.. seems like the nomad lite and the tascam are my only options, but i will be pleased to hear other suggestions. My main concern is how will the preamps sound.. also very important, as i have some experience with the Sound Devices 7er series i wonder how the preamps compare to the 7er Series preamps regarding noise. has here anyone testing this? can the nomad or the tascam be compared to one of the 7er series from sound devices? thanks a lot! emil
  3. Hi Everyone, I'm getting "Media I/O" or "Unknown Media" Errors on the 633 with these approved 16GB Delkin 700X CF Cards. I have two, and the 633 doesn't like either of them. I know KZ or VB numbers have issues, but both cards have the P/N: CF16AJZBR-XX000-P They worked for first few runs... but all of a sudden, do not. Tried recording straight tone, single ISO, mix, or both - Media I/O error under 3 minutes When I try to (re)format - Media I/O error or it locks up. The weird thing is both cards run just fine in my 664. Straight tone to mix, aux, and 6 ISOs for an hour. Any ideas? I could send these back but it just seems like my 633 doesn't like 'em.
  4. Hello, JWSOUNDers! Recently switched to using a 788T/CL-9 setup. In the interest of actor privacy, I'd like to find a quick way to either mute or pot down the feed to the Director's/Client's Comtek transmitter in between takes. I usually drop all faders except the boom strip anyway, but sometimes I want to use that time to adjust EQ, or make sure body mics still sound okay without broadcasting to the whole set. I thought of assigning the COM2 (for talking to the director or script supervisor) and all active inputs to the X2 track, assigning that to the Comtek output and making the X2 fader knob on the CL-9 a dedicated "Director's Output" knob, but I feel like there might be a more elegant way. In the meantime, I've been using the solo buttons to listen to individual mics, but can anyone give me a good shortcut way to 'mute all' on a specific, assigned output in between takes? Using the Keyboard/Logic Assignment to toggle button on my keyboard would work really well. Anybody? Thanks In Advance! Karl Wasserman Astoria, NY
  5. Hello All! Is it only us who use the "Scene + Shot + Take" sequence on our slates for scripted material (in french: scene + plan + prise) ? Just wondering how other Quebec soundies keep up with the "shot" (plan) info on their recorders. I have the Maxx and usually put the shot in the "notes" field... but i find its not ideal because I have to write all of it each time... any suggestions? Thanks in advance... Franky
  6. Hi all! I know that the topic on bags for the new SD 633 has been covered here before, but no one has posted pics of the CS-633 bag specifically made by Porta-Brace for Sound Devices, the bag included in the full 633 kit. The exact same design seems to be available for the Zaxcom Maxx, so I guess that most of my observations would apply to that bag as well. To start off, let me say that I'd really want to like this bag. As a long-time user of the old blue Petrol PSDMB-302 for my SD 744T and the almost identical newer black Petrol PS607 for my Sonosax SX-R4, both of which come quite close to what I'm looking for in a small lightweight bag for doc work, I was hoping that the new offering by SD / Porta-Brace would even better fit my needs. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit the bill for several reasons I'll try to explain here. Other opinions are of course more than welcome and/or wanted! ;-) The CS-633 is well crafted and is somewhat different from the typical Porta-Brace mixer bag, in that it isn't a bag made specifically for one mixer, with the addition of a separate RM-Multi accessory outer pocket strapped to it with velcro through the standard black hard plastic hoops sewn onto the mixer bag's side walls. The CS-633 design consists of a main mixer compartment, separated from the accessory pocket by a non-removable cordura wall similar to the outer cordura walls of the bag. This fixed wall has two elastic bands sewn into it to firmly hold in place two larger receivers such as the Lectro 411a's. The main mixer compartment is quite shallow, it has exactly the depth of the SD 633 without any battery mounted on it. There's a bottom flap that would probably fit two small or medium sized Sony NP-F type batteries in its normal position. The flap expands to a larger size when unfolded in order to accomodate larger Sony type batteries. With both setups, the batteries would protrude from the main compartment and thus the bag wouldn't stand up. The flap holds in place with a long strip of velcro. There is no padding whatsoever to protect the 633 and/or the batteries when putting the bag down. The 633 mixer/recorder is suspended in the main mixer compartment by two large, heavy-duty velcro flaps on each upper side of the compartment, which are designed to loop through the typical Sound Devices "golf-tee" thingies (thanks Matt!) on each side of the mixer's front panel. The mixer sits perfectly snug in the compartment, although the velcro strips closing the back panel of the bag stick out by about 3-4 millimeters, no matter how hard you try to pull them down when closing the bag... Maybe it's only my bag, though. The accessory pocket is quite large and can be split in half with the supplied orange separator wall that attaches to the inner side walls with velcro. This separator doesn't feature any kind of elastic band for holding in place receivers or other accessories. However, there are two velcro strips sewn into it on one side. The pocket is large enough to accomodate for instance six Lectro 411a's in three rows of two receivers or four 411a's in two rows of two receivers, which would still leave some space for a BDS, a couple of transmitters and an NP1 and its NP-cup. A slot between the side walls of the accessory pocket and the main mixer compartment allows for looping through a few cables. On the top outside border of each side wall you'll find a flat medium duty nylon strap about two and a half inches long on which you could hang cables and other things using a carabiner. The silly thing with the accessory pocket is that while the Lectro 411a's sit perfectly in the bag for showroom purposes, the designers of the bag somewhat totally forgot that the receivers need to be connected to the mixer with a right-angle XLR plug. So when you connect your equipment in the bag, the Lectros will stick out of the bag behind the mixer by about an inch, which looks kind of silly. Now I know that the depth of the bag depends on the depth of the mixer it has been designed for. Well, read on... The back wall of the mixer compartment opens up completely and is held in place by a velcro strip on each side. As I said earlier, these velcro strips protrude from the main mixer compartment by about 3-4 millimeters when the back wall is closed, which I find extremely irritating because the hard side of the velcro scratches the palm of your hand when operating the mixer... There are two black solid plastic hoops on the bottom of the back wall to secure it to the lower straps of a harness. The side flaps of the mixer compartment are the classic fluffy plastic flaps which are closed with an adjustable elastic strap on the far end. These are quite large and seem to be made of some kind of soft cloth and generally feel nicer and of better quality than the cheap nylon flaps (which slowly rot away from the inside over the years) found on the Petrol bags. There are no zippers on these flaps that would allow you to have a cable exit the bag in an elegant way at the seams of the flaps and the bag or provide convenient access to the mixer's connectors. As they are soft, though, you can fold them back easily. The rain cover of the bag is attached with a zipper to the upper front of the bag and is wide enough to protect the equipment on either side and some more. The transparent vinyl window is kind of small, but you'll still see every knob of the mixer, so that's fine at least for me. The cover is also long enough to close it over the whole upper side of the bag and still stick your hands in to operate the equipment, but any receiver antennas will be bent slightly when the rain cover is on, even on the higher blocks such as block 26. The odd thing with this rain cover is that they have sewn in a second, larger transparent vinyl cover to the inside of the cover, with a velcro opening on the bottom. So theoretically, you could slide a cue sheet or something of that sort in between both vinyl windows, but you wouldn't see your equipment any more. Kind of an interesting idea, the downside being that the two vinyl flaps on top of each other make the tiny infos on the 633's screen almost impossible to read or at least very blurry... By the way, the bag comes with a very nice heavy duty leather handle featuring the large steel carabiners usually found on Porta-Brace's bigger Audio Organizers and camera bags. Nice! The bag *DOES NOT* come with a strap. All right, most sound people around the globe probably have gathered a large collection of padded straps over the years, from the heavy duty early Porta-Brace leather straps to the newer medium duty nylon and cordura straps found on Petrol gear and everything in between. But the strap they optionally sell for this bag (for 80 Swiss Francs over here, that's 70 American Dollars, excluding VAT) is of just barely better quality than your standard strap found in a no-name Wal-Mart sports bag made in China for 9 Dollars and 99 Cents. The strap features kind of flimsy black metal carabiners I just wouldn't want to trust for carrying my expensive equipment around the world on a daily basis. The new strap is still better though than the medium-duty leather straps with the ridiculously cheap plastic carabiners Porta-Brace used to ship with their mixer bags a few years ago. I've had these break within a couple of months on *every* bag that came with it. And of course the bag full of expensive equipment drop onto the ground in front of a client. Oops! Let's hope this new strap is going to fare better. As for me, I'll send the strap back for a refund, but YMMV. So on the one hand they give you an excellent heavy duty leather carrying handle you'll harldy use with the bag and on the other hand they sell you a flimsy strap for big $$ which is supposed to carry your expensive gear 10 hours a day for several years. Well, I don't get it, but maybe it's just me. Now let's have a look at the one detail I cannot for the life of me understand and which, in my opinion, makes this bag strictly unusable for everyday use with only a strap. Well, the only suspension point of this bag is the same heavy-duty steel O-ring i've seen on every Porta-Brace bag I've ever encountered in the past 20 years. Great! And that O-ring is sewn to the bag with a heavy-duty, two inches wide nylon strap on each side wall of the bag's accessory pocket. That's right. The accessory pocket, and *not* the center of gravity of the bag, which is somewhere near the back panel of the bag and close to your body, where the heaviest piece of equipment, i.e. the mixer, will sit. This means that if you are planning on carrying the bag around your neck while working with it, the bag will heavily tilt towards your body, and the antennas will tickle your belly, unless you keep your main NP-1 (li-ion) battery, as well as a spare (li-ion) NP-1 battery in the frontmost position of the frontmost pocket of the bag at all times as a counterweight. And of course you won't be able to operate the mixer easily, as the strap will get in your way, and you will need to slide your arms in between the strap and your body towards the mixer, or spread your arms around the straps and back towards the mixer in order to operate it in a normal working position. I know it's silly, and it is beyond my comprehension. The only rational explanation I could come up with so far is connected to the fact that the bag doesn't come with a strap. Maybe this bag was designed for use with a harness only. If you are planning on using this bag with a Porta-Brace, Petrol or Versa-Flex harness, you're good to go. The lower straps of the harness will attach to the plastic hoops on the bottom of the bag's back panel and keep the bag from tilting towards your body. But even with a harness, the straps will get in the way once attached to the bag's steel O-ring. So, in a nutshell: PROS - Nice build quality - Small and lightweight, simple and effective design - Excellent, removable leather carrying handle included - Tailored to precisely fit the mixer - Nice Sound Devices logo on the front ;-) (if you don't like it, tape it down with gaffer tape...) CONS - Costs twice as much as competing products (if you also buy the strap sold separately) - No strap included (maybe on purpose) - The bag's only suspension point is not near its center of gravity - The typical receivers most people on this forum use will stick out of the bag by an inch - No specific space/pouch/pocket provided for an industry-standard NP1 battery - No real padding to protect the gear (could be a PRO point if you like to travel as lightweight as possible) - The bag won't stand up when using Sony NP-F type batteries mounted on the back of the 633 I'd be very glad if regular users of this bag would chime in! As well as our very own Porta-Brace and Sound Devices gurus, of course! Cheers and have a great day! Jürg
  7. Hey soundies, I recently had my apartment broken into in Astoria Queens. They stole my Canon 7D camera, and aKAI keyboard, and my entire 788 sound rig with lectrosonics, comteks, smart slate and everything else in the bag.... This was in astoria, queens New York.... If Anybody knows of any gear someone is selling for very cheap or seems shady please let me know... Cheers
  8. Hi all I know many of you use Movieslate as your sound report creator. I'm looking into it, but i like the option of using Cl-wifi to control and input metadata directly into the 788t and then exporting the CVS file for Movieslate to create the report. How are you guys doing this on location? The help menu of MS talks only about the option of emailing the file back and forth. Firstly that seems silly because what if I don't have internet on location? And assuming i'll have internet, how do i get the CVS file out of the 788t? If i have to use a computer for that, i rather use WaveAgent. Any ideas, solutions, apps? I guess all this will be solved with Ambient's Tonemaister app, but that is a couple of months away... hopefully. Thanks
  9. I don't know if this is weird, but bear with me.. what I wanna do is get one of the 5 channels to bypass the 552 recorder so that I can record it into a H4N.. I'm doing this because I have 2 wireless and a boom track.. I wanna have 3 separate tracks and my idea is to record the boom track into the H4N.. also to save the zoom's battery life by avoiding the use of phantom power.. my knowledge of the 552 is pretty limited cause I'm kinda new to it.. anyone have any idea on how to do this? And any other suggestions?
  10. I am very familiar with this piece. Used it all through college and now rent if for gigs where a 4-track recorder with TC is needed. My big question is - should I invest in one now (used, they are finally coming into my price range), or is it on the way out of fashion? Thanks in advance for the input!
  11. Take an in-depth look at Mix Assist, an available feature on the 788T that improves audio quality in environments with multiple open microphones
  12. This article is a very light-weight account of the Sound Devices 633 itself but hopefully you will find it a little bit motivating and relevant more than anything :-) It's really about me in my country of New Zealand fighting the battle we all fight to get work, to stay on top of ourselves. It helps having this great little unit. http://schurrsound.com/2013/12/sound-devices-633-and-the-new-sound-workflow/
  13. Hello. I think it's time that I get my own mixer to start practicing. I'm thinking of one of these 2. While I could cheap out on 302, I'm afraid that I might outgrow it. "buy once, cry once" is what they say on filmmaking forums. What's your opinion, should I get 302, learn it, and then jump to a more higher end mixer when I'm ready or should I just get the 552? (BTW, the only sound gear I have ATM is just a boompole, I'll get headphones shortly)
  14. Firmware 2.01 is now available for the 664: http://www.sounddevices.com/download/664-firmware/full-detail/ Please update your 664s as soon as possible.
  15. New products available from Portabrace. 664, Maxx, 788, ZH6 and more. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=8112b337-405a-421b-b6d7-131ec291c27a&c=0a229a40-5145-11e3-a0ef-d4ae527599c4&ch=0a2a1450-5145-11e3-a0ef-d4ae527599c4
  16. New Sound Devices 664 Firmware (v2.00) is now available!! Changes include: *Added new Input Mode menu allowing ability to switch a 664 without a CL-6 connected from standard 6-channel / 10-track mode to expanded 12-channel / 16 track mode. *Added new Meter Views menu in the System Menu. Provides 3 user-configurable Meter Views, Meter View 1, Meter View 2, and Meter View 3. Meter Views are toggled by pressing the Meter button. *Ability to turn off individual Meter Views so that user can choose whether to display 1, 2, or 3 Meter Views. *Added LR (Wide) Meter View options for easier to read mix tracks. *Added new PFL Mode menu allowing ability to switch PFLs between Pre-Fade or Follow ISO Pre/Post-Fade routing. See a video about the update here: http://tinyurl.com/nsrwqm6 You can download the update here: http://tinyurl.com/pyv5plo Anyone had the update yet? What do you think?
  17. Firmware 1.04 is available for the 664. Changes introduced in 1.04 include: New Digital Input Gain. Provides up to 50dB gain for AES42 or AES3 sources. Peak Only Meter option. Meter Peak Hold Time Off option. Fixes Metering freeze. Meters would stop moving and eventually result in a subsequent lockup. Faster formatting on SD cards. Improved performance for SD cards up to 32 GB in size. (Note: improved performance for cards 64 GB and larger will be addressed in a future firmware release). Lockup fix when rapidly connecting and disconnecting USB keyboards. Lockup fix on boot up with 44.1kHz sampling rate and Tracks L and R not armed. Lock up fix that occurring with tone and 44.1K sampling rates. AES signals measuring 3-4 dB high on L, R, X1, and X2 tracks.
  18. Hello Fellow JW Sound Travelers, This year for AES at the Javits Center in NYC, we have something truly special in store for you! Join us as we exhibit with Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, and Radio Active Designs. Jon Tatooles and Pat McConnell of Sound Devices will be traveling here from the fields of Wisconsin to present their expertise on field recording. Karl Winkler from Lectrosonics comes from Rio Rancho, New Mexico to give you his take on the future of wireless and show off his amazing wireless range. Geoff Shearing and James Staffo are scheduled to arrive just in time to tell you about their new products which take wireless off the UHF spectrum and into VHF. Massimo from Wisycom will be making a guest appearance in our booth to update you on the future of his products! Saturday, 10/19 we are proud to have the illustrious straight Martin Kelly racing straight off the set of Comedians in Cars to give you a special presentation on Multitrack Recording featuring his custom touch screen rig we collaborated with him on Spike TV's Ink Master. Full schedule and register for your free guest pass in our October Gazette. Other cool stuff: We now are proud re-sellers of the Zoom H6 and Tascam DR-60D. These products will also be show in our booth. Interested in our studio side? Sal Barra will be showing off his Awesome Transistor Channel Amplifier. Interested in swag? We'll have tons of it !! Check it out !
  19. Has anyone used a Sanken CS1 with a Sound Devices 664 and found any problems? I have found that my Sanken CS1 does not work with with some mixers. It is fine with my Sound Devices 442. But when I have plugged it in to a MixPre or a 552, I have barely been able to hear sounds in the room through the mic, while on the other hand hissing is very loud, far above normal electronic hissing levels. Same problem when plugging it into an early version Nomad, but I'm not sure what version. When having this problem. I have made sure I have phantom power on at 48v. Also, I am not talking about the "heart-thumping" problem that occurs with this mic if the low-cut knob is turned completely off -- that's a different problem (though perhaps it's related). Switching the CS1 for a Sennheiser 416 and making no other adjustment, the problem has gone away and the 416 sounds fine. I'm on the verge of purchasing a 664 and want to check in to this. Thanks. -Ben
  20. Hey all, I've had sound devices stuff for years. I just tried to update to 1.05 and now my 664 won't boot. When I try, a yellow light just comes on the top right. While verifying, it went 100%. While applying update, it went to 98% and quit, trying 3 additional times. It had a dialog that said it failed and to press okay. I did, and now its dead. Won't boot. I've tried leaving the batteries out for a while, still nothing. ??
  21. Okay, so I just wanted to through this out there to see that you all though. I have been looking for a good and less expensive than the NP-1 route to power the gear in my bag and have though of something interesting. But before I go trying something dumb and breaking my new toys, I thought Id post all about it here and see what you guys came back with. So here we go: One of my deepest passions in life has always been photography and pretty much all areas of it at that. The area in particular that got me thinking was that of on location portraiture. Specifically the power sources photographers need and use to power profressional studio strobes. In my on location portraiture gear kit, I own a couple portable battery powered inverters that I use to drive my stobes. Now the part that go me thinking was the Li-Ion batteries that these come with (and can be purchased separately) and their voltage output and capacity. Doing some reasearch I found that a standard and popular NP-1 style battery (in this case the IDX NP-L7S LINK) is a 14.6v, 4.6Ah (4600mAh) battery that yeilds 68Wh. I found the following equation to help me with some simple calculations: Wh = (mAh / 1000) * V Inserting the specs from the IDX NP-L7S battery we get: (4600/1000) * 14.6 = 4.6 * 14.6 = 67.16 which is approximately the quoted 68Wh Okay, so I just ran that calc to check the equation and verify some values. Now, the battery I found is a bit different shapped, but it offers the specs of 14.8v, 8.8Ah (8800mAh) yeilding what I calculate to be approx 130Wh. Heres the math: (8800/1000) * 14.8 = 8.8 * 14.8 = 130.24 which is approximately 130Wh Fine, so why go through all this trouble? Well, this battery I own is $89 and the charger, is $29. Thats a whole lot more appealing that the minimum of $200+ for an NP-1 battery and charger setup. And it fits nicely in the back pocket of a Petrol PS607 bag. The Battery: LINK The Charger: LINK So what Im thinking now is this: the connection on this battery is a standard crimp on connection type thats pretty cheap. Ill post a link when I find one, I just cant remember what that dang things are called at the moment, plus Ive had a couple beers at this point which isnt helping. But making a simple cable from these two connectors to say the Sound Devices Bare Hirose 4-pin HR10-7P-4P Power Connector (Pins 1(-) and 4(+) from the SD manual) LINK should be no problem at all. Or even cheaper here: LINK. And just like that you have a power source that is roughly twice the run time of an NP-1. Now the part Im having a bit of trouble with and that I hoping someone out there can help me out on is how do I wire this up to split the source so that I can power both a 702 and 302 from the same battery. Wiring two Hirose connections in parallel from the red and black connector (whatever its called) should do it right? At least thats what Im thinking. Ive attached a few pics of the various parts, including the battery shown fitted nicely in the back pouch of a Petrol PS607 bag. Now believe me, I know Im not the first to suggest some DIY battery combo, nor will I be the last. But the fact that this setup could potentially be cheaper and longer running than some other options makes it something at least to consider. Especially for me since I already own it! So, what do you guys think? Is it worth pursuing or am I just heading to blow up my 702?
  22. Just wondering how many people are using this bag, and are happy with it. I am thinking about purchasing one this week. I will mainly be housing a SD 744T and MixPre-D for most of the time. I might swap out the MixPre-D for my extra SD 702 depending on the situation. Was curious if any of you had been able to fit two SD 7xx recorders in this bag?? Thanks Richard
  23. Hi all. So i've been working for a facilities company for the past 6 years, and im finally making a break for it and going freelance. I've been trying to sort out a basic kit package to get me started, and would be grateful of any advice. . I would love a 664, but i dont think my budget would stretch to that. I feel it would be a better investment to buy some decent radio's (audio 2040's or Lectro's) with a second hand mixer, than buy a 664 and have to either rent radio's every day, or settle for g3's that im really not a fan of. I already own a 416, cans, accessories and a bucket load of cabling, so my question is this; I can get a second hand SQN IVe for around £1k, but would need an external recorder to go with it as i often do a wireless hop to cam and need a back up recorder. I was thinking of a Tascam HD-P2, but i have no experice with this recorder. I like the idea of being able to record timecode along with the audio files. Does anyone have much experience with this set up? Or what other portable recorders would you recomend? The problem with the SQN is that i do not have the flexiabilty in output levels that i would with a sound devices mixer Or i could go for a Sound devices 552 second hand, for around £2.5k. This would save me having a seperate recorder in the bag, but to record timecode i would have to just record a mono mix and TC on the other track... is this true? I also like the direct out's on the 552 for cases when i need a multi track recorder (rented 744t). But again, i have never used a 552, i have only used a 664. Any help or advices is much appreicated Thanks Alex
  24. Near Detroit is a museum that contains much from Thomas Edison, including his actual Menlo Park Laboratory that was shipped here by Henry Ford (along with New Jersey soil for it to sit on, at Edison's request) On a recent shoot there I took my Sound Devices kit to meet it's Great Great Great Grandfather!
  25. I want to make up a cable for timecode input to my Sound Devices 552 but I can't find any information on what cable I should use. Given that the input on the 552 is TA3, I.e. 3 pins, I'm assuming that 75 ohm coaxial cable is recommended because in the 552 manual it says "For TC, 1 and 3 - ground, pin 2 - hot +". Is this correct?
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