Sound http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/sound/feed.rss Wed, 25 Apr 18 08:01:14 -0600 Sound en-CA NAB 2018: BOYA BY-MM1 On Camera Small Cardioid Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19536/nab-2018-boya-by-mm1-on-camera-small-cardioid-microphone Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:47:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19536@/talks/discussions

Nice small microphone

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Lectrosonics PDR Portable Audio Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18305/lectrosonics-pdr-portable-audio-recorder Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:01:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18305@/talks/discussions

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NAB 2018: Boya BY-PM700 USB Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19525/nab-2018-boya-by-pm700-usb-microphone Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19525@/talks/discussions

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NAB 2018: Saramonic VTX5 & BL-RXRL1 two channel wireless audio system http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19505/nab-2018-saramonic-vtx5-bl-rxrl1-two-channel-wireless-audio-system Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:39:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19505@/talks/discussions

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BOYA BY-HM100 Reporter Mike http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17160/boya-by-hm100-reporter-mike Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:58:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17160@/talks/discussions image

Price is below $50 shipped - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BOYA-BY-HM100-Aluminum-Omni-Directional-Dynamic-Wireless-Handheld-Microphone-Mic-XLR-Extra-Long-Handle-for/32809963897.html

This is really cheap, do not know how good it is, need to make some tests. Just note that interview mike must be long and preferably omni.

For exhibition PV team uses https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/983578-REG/senal_eng_18rl_hand_held_omni_dynamic_eng.html I really love the sound and performance of it.

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NAB 2018: Saramonic SR-Q6 Six Channels Portable Audio Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19503/nab-2018-saramonic-sr-q6-six-channels-portable-audio-recorder Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:56:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19503@/talks/discussions

This guys are after Zoom :-)

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Ultra affordable wireless options? Boya BY-WM6 vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Azden PRO-XD? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14943/ultra-affordable-wireless-options-boya-by-wm6-vs-saramonic-uwmic10-vs-azden-pro-xd Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:31:50 -0600 IronFilm 14943@/talks/discussions Currently have a RodeLink which I'm happy with, and brought it as I felt it is the "cheapest" wireless I could go with. But there are times when more than one (or two, or three...) wireless are needed. And I'm wondering if there are even more affordable options, which are still usable.

Been looking around for the last few weeks at the various wireless options which are priced significantly below the RodeLink, there are a surprisingly large number of them!! :-o

Unfortunately many of these ones are no good, but on the upside it appears wireless has taken great strides forward (all 5 of these wireless sets mentioned are only roughly a year old or less on the market), and I've narrowed it down to four which are cheaper than the RodeLink yet look appealing from what I can gather (here they are listed from cheapest to priciest):

Boya BY-WM6 vs Azden PRO-XD vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Boya BY-WM6

Is the cheapest of the four by far at only US$140 with free shipping. It uses the 584 MHz-608 MHz frequency range. Includes an XLR output cable. Runs on two AA batteries with a claimed run time of 8hrs. Comes with a portable case for the set. RX has a headphone jack.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Boya-BY-WM6-Lavalier-Wireless-Microphone-System-For-ENG-EFP-Canon-Sony-DSLR-/282001404702

Azden PRO-XD

Second cheapest of the three at US$199 with free shipping. Uses 2.4GHz wireless. Uses an internal battery (can't swap it out.... hmmm... a downside! But on the upside, it is the slimmest of the four, which is a bonus for a wireless system). Battery life is meant to be an impressive 16hrs (with a 3hr recharge time). Has a headphone jack on the RX. Internal batteries are rechargeable over USB (can see this being useful for bag use, to keep all the RX units charged up from a USB power pack. However careful battery management during the shoot will be needed with the TX units)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Azden-PRO-XD-2-4-GHz-Digital-Wireless-Lavalier-System-/171940834701 http://www.4kshooters.net/2015/11/11/azden-pro-xd-new-budget-digital-wireless-microphone-system/ http://cheesycam.com/azden-pro-xd-2-4-ghz-wireless-lavalier-microphone-system-just-199/ http://www.learnlightandsound.com/blog/2015/10/26/good-budget-wireless-lavalier-azden-pro-xd

Saramonic UwMic10

If you squint they look almost the same as the Sony UWP-D11 sets! (it even has an XLR TX option like Sony does with the Sony UWP-D16. Which I am really looking forward to using on the boom pole, to get rid of the cable)

But the Saramonic UwMic10 costs half the amount of a Sony UWP-D11. As it is US$270 plus taxes/shipping to NZ (which does then significantly increase its cost, unfortunately). http://www.saramonicusa.com/products/saramonic-uwmic10-digital-uhf-wireless-lavalier-microphone-system-with-bodypack-tx-and-portable-rx http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2016/02/28/saramonic-uwmic10-dual-body-pack-2-channel-receiver-now-out/ http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2016/02/15/saramonic-uwmic10-dual-channel-uhf-wireless-system-review/ https://lensvid.com/gear/saramonic-uwmic10-uhf-wireless-lav-review/

The Saramonic is I think the system I'd like to go for, but once the final cost is worked out it ends up pushing up uncomfortable close to the RodeLink to really truly be a "cheaper option than a RodeLink" by a significant margin. Plus it is such a new item to the market that none of Adorama/B&H/Amazon.com are selling it, maybe I should revisit this item in a couple of months time and see if this has changed.

Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Cheapest price now is $330.79: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1060929-REG/audio_technica_atw_1701_l_system_10_digtal_wireless.html

But it was merely US$220 at Adorama only a month ago: http://dealnews.com/Audio-Technica-Camera-Mount-Microphone-System-for-220-free-shipping/1618268.html

I think that the current prices for the ATW-1701L are just a little too high right now, as it puts it too close in price to a RodeLink, so not much savings there. But if ever see it at that sale price then I'll buy one (two even!) in a heartbeat! http://soundandpicture.com/2014/12/audio-technica-system-10-camera-mount-wireless-review/

Well, I think this now is complete survey of the "good options" which are cheaper than a RodeLink. I've surely left out a few other possibly interesting options, and feel free to point out anything important I've left out, but what I'm left wondering now... is which of these four should I pull the trigger on and buy? Open to any thoughts on my options!

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RODE SoundField NT-SF1 microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19437/rode-soundfield-nt-sf1-microphone Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:28:21 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19437@/talks/discussions image

The first product for the SoundField By RØDE family is a marriage of SoundField’s pristine ambisonic recording technology, and RØDE’s commitment to audio excellence accessible by all creators. Completely designed and made in Australia at RØDE’s Sydney campus, the NT-SF1 is a triumph of innovation and manufacturing quality. Featuring four of RØDE’s all-new, ultra-quiet ½-inch TF45C capsules in tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 produces natural, transparent four channel A-format recordings which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RØDE plugin.

“When The Freedman Group acquired SoundField in late-2016, the aim was to continue producing the premier 360-degree audio capture loved by the professionals who bring us cinema sound and 7.1 broadcast,” says Freedman Group CEO Damien Wilson. “And we are. But, as is the RØDE way, we have brought our manufacturing and design expertise to bear on this new family of microphones. The SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 is for creators for whom the ultra-high-end SoundField products are out of reach, and delivers results unmatched by all but the most expensive ambisonic microphones.”

Head of RØDE’s New Product Development and former Director of New Product at SoundField for 16 years, Pieter Schillebeeckx, says this is the most exciting development in the technology in decades. “Delivering this kind of professional-use technology at a sub-USD$1000 price point is a world first in the ambisonic world,” he says. “It gives budding VR creators, immersive filmmakers and videogame world builders an accessible and high-quality way to dive into 360-degree-with-height audio capture.”

Due to release soon in 2018, the SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 will democratise one of the last bastions of high-end recording the way RØDE has always done: with precision, price and unbeatable after-sales service.

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Voking VK-WM220 Wireless Mike http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19457/voking-vk-wm220-wireless-mike Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:08:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19457@/talks/discussions image

Voking VK-WM220 Features

  • Dual channel UHF wireless receiving technology for using two transmitters simultaneously.
  • Double conversion DSP receiving processor for strong anti-mirror interference ability.
  • Professional circuit structure provides low cut function.
  • Dual independent output and MIX output optional.
  • Equipped with headphone output socket for real-time monitoring.
  • Both headphone and recording output volume can be adjusted independently, with memory function.
  • WNCR noise control technology can suppress environmental noise and wind noise.
  • Integrated high-performance audio compander provides a wide dynamic range.
  • Provides up to 100 wireless frequencies to set up multiple channels working at the same time.
  • Supports external power supply, so as to adapt to various occasions.
  • Rugged metal construction for excellent electrical characteristics and mechanical strength.

Voking VK-WM220 Specifications:

  • Frequency range: 538-594 MHz
  • Modulation mode: FM
  • Frequcy response: 30 Hz-18 kHz
  • Microphone type: Condenser Omni
  • Channels: 100
  • Frequency control: PLL Synthesizer
  • Transmit power: ≤ 10 mW
  • S/N ratio: >90 dB
  • Power supply: DC 3V or 2pcs AA size batteries
  • Operating time: ≥ 10 hours
  • Operating range: 100 meters at outdoor open area
  • Operating temperature: 0-55 C
  • Store temperature 20-55C
  • Dimension: 896322 mm
  • Net weight: 120g
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Saramonic SR-VRM1 XLR Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17894/saramonic-sr-vrm1-xlr-recorder Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:44:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17894@/talks/discussions

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Rode microphone representatives and Rode in general http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19447/rode-microphone-representatives-and-rode-in-general Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:37:00 -0600 RRRilla 19447@/talks/discussions I bought a Rode stereo video mic x from thomann.de. I noticed the right channel of the mic created occasionally interference, low rumble by itself. The mic was broken. I contacted rode australia, who advised me to contact the Finnish representative of rode, a company called Msonic. I told them I had a broken mic, so they told me to bring the mic to them, so I did.

After a week, they called and said, might I have a broken cable. I told no. The mic itself is broken. After another week, they sent the mic back and told they were unable to find anything wrong with the mic.

Then I contacted Thomann.de as they advertised they have a 3 year warranty to everything they sell. They asked me to make a video, demonstrating the fault in the mic. So I did. Then they asked me to send the mic to them. I did.

After weeks, the mic was sent back to me, stating that the repair personnel were unable to find anything wrong with my mic. I called thomann. I told it takes about 10 minutes for me to find the fault in the mic. Also, it is being clearly demonstrated in the video I made to thomann.de. They took the mic back again for inspection.

After many weeks, again, they contacted me, stating that they were unable to find anything wrong with the mic. I said fine, you can send the mic back to me, but then I was going to send the mic to a professional microphone repair person, and if he was able to find anything wrong with the mic, I was going to offer the story to media. After few hours of this the person from thomann told that he had INSISTED to make yet another inspection to the microphone, and what do you know, they were able to find the fault I had been talking about. Then it was revealed the the mic had been twice in some german representative of Rode and now, thomann was going to send the mic for the third time to the same Rode people, to “fix” the mic.

This whole process had now taken over 6 months.

I contacted rode australia, and they asked me, where my mic was...

The teaching of this lesson? If you buy a Rode microphone, you better pray it is not broken.

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Aputure Deity Shotgun http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16292/aputure-deity-shotgun Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:03:37 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16292@/talks/discussions

Expensive, and do not see any reason to prefer it to MXL and alikes.

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Lectrosonics wideband transmitters announced: SMWB + SMDWB http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17960/lectrosonics-wideband-transmitters-announced-smwb-smdwb- Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:19:24 -0600 IronFilm 17960@/talks/discussions More info here about the SMWB (uses a single AA battery, a very small transmitter!):

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http://www.lectrosonics.com/US/Menu-item-for-category-listing-module-497/product/561-smwb.html

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And the info for the dual battery version:

http://www.lectrosonics.com/US/Menu-item-for-category-listing-module-497/product/562-smdwb.html

Wish I could get one of each and a SRc!

Ah well, maybe next year....

However, it is very weird that it has a max of 44.1KHz?? What on earth are they smoking....

Also is a damn pity there is no TC :-( Guess they're still keeping a reason for you to buy their PDR instead.

But having a split gain recording option is nice.

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Zoom F1 Audio Recorder - take on Tascam DR10 series http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18859/zoom-f1-audio-recorder-take-on-tascam-dr10-series Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:15:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18859@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 2-Channel Field Audio Recorder
  • Attach on Belts, Slip into a Pocket
  • Compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules
  • LMF-1 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • 1/8" Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio, WAV and MP3
  • WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  • MP3 48 kbps, 128 kbps, 192 kbps, 256 kbps, 320 kbps Mono/stereo ID3v1 tags supported
  • On-Board Limiter and Auto-Level Control
  • One-Touch Controls, Easy-to-Read Display
  • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
  • Micro-USB port for data exchange to and from computer
  • Use as an audio interface to record directly to your computer or iOS device
  • Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR video camera without the need for an attenuation cable
  • Sound marker function outputs quick tone for syncing audio and video
  • 2 x AAA Batteries Record up to 10 Hours
  • Windscreen, Belt Clip, Mic Clip
  • Shotgun
    • Directionality: Super cardioid (3 directional mic units)
    • Sensitivity: −39 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
    • Input gain: −∞ – +50 dB
    • Maximum sound pressure input: 122 dB SPL
  • Lav Mic Input
    • Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini (with screw lock)
    • Supports plug-in power (2.5 V)
    • Input gain: −12 dB – +36 dB
    • Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more
  • Available for $199 at
  • Or for $249 with shotgun module

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Sanken CS-M1 Tiny Shotgun http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19287/sanken-cs-m1-tiny-shotgun Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:18:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19287@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • Unique Sanken lightweight design
  • Sharp directivity
  • Clear sound
  • Short 4″ length, lightweight (less than 2oz) for easy operation
  • Ideal for boom pole operation on drama and film shoots
  • Ideal for mounting on cameras with short lens
  • Suitable for ENG applications
  • Standard 19 mm diameter
  • Advanced RFI rejection
  • Wide 100Hz – 18kHz frequency range
  • Rugged and dependable design

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http://www.sankenmicrophones.com/production/shotguns/cs-m1/

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Zoom F8n http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19419/zoom-f8n Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:47:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19419@/talks/discussions image

Do not see any mention or press release, only our team photo.

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Zaxcom TRX743 and ZMT3-HM XLR Wireless Transmitters http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19404/zaxcom-trx743-and-zmt3-hm-xlr-wireless-transmitters Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:43:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19404@/talks/discussions

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Bruel&Kjaer Head and Torso Simulator, Type 5138 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19407/bruelkjaer-head-and-torso-simulator-type-5138 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:16:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19407@/talks/discussions

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BOYA BY-DMR7 Shotgun On Camera Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19254/boya-by-dmr7-shotgun-on-camera-microphone Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:01:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19254@/talks/discussions Our review

Some little fun at test part to check if you can make cheap microphone to sound like expensive.

Specs

BOYA BY-DMR7 is good quality condenser microphone specially designed for DSLR cameras and camcorders. The integrated flash recording allows you to record 24-bit/48kHz wav audio files to MicroSDHC cards(not included), supporting capacities up to 32GB. It features one-button recording and easy-to-read menu display, making your recording work much easier. The 3.5mm data cable connects the BY-DMR7 Recorder to your camera's audio input, while the stereo headphone output allows you to monitor incoming audio. The shock mount system provides isolation from vibration and mechanical noise.

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Mackie MR524, MR624 and MR824 Audio Monitor Speakers http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19398/mackie-mr524-mr624-and-mr824-audio-monitor-speakers Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:55:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19398@/talks/discussions

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Sanken CS-3e and CSR-2 Shotgun Microphones http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19394/sanken-cs-3e-and-csr-2-shotgun-microphones Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:46:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19394@/talks/discussions

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ZYLIA ZM-1 - Mike system with 19 mikes http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16067/zylia-zm-1-mike-system-with-19-mikes Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:12:02 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16067@/talks/discussions

  • 19 microphone capsules
  • LED ring status indicator
  • 48 KHz / 24 bit recording
  • USB connectivity
  • Easy to deploy

https://zylia.co/

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Sennheiser AVX wireless mikes http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13619/sennheiser-avx-wireless-mikes Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:18 -0600 MikeLinn 13619@/talks/discussions Setup

Mikes Difference

Tips

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Zoom H1n Digital Handy Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18712/zoom-h1n-digital-handy-recorder Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:48:33 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18712@/talks/discussions image

Specs

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Saramonic SR-PMIC http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19223/saramonic-sr-pmic Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:40:35 -0600 MikeLinn 19223@/talks/discussions

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Sound Devices MixPre-10T http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17891/sound-devices-mixpre-10t- Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:57:09 -0600 IronFilm 17891@/talks/discussions New Sound Devices MixPre-10T

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PR

Sound Devices is proud to announce the MixPre-10T, the newest member of the MixPre Series (MixPre-3 & MixPre-6) of audio recorders, mixers, and USB audio interfaces. As its name suggests, the MixPre-10T is a 10-input recorder with built-in timecode generator and reader, offering up to 12 tracks of polyphonic WAV file recording – ideal for production sound mixers, field recordists, sound designers, and musicians.

"Since we released the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 in April, we’ve heard how much our users love having phenomenal mic preamps in such a small, durable package," says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. "The MixPre-10T offers higher track count, balanced outputs for additional routing flexibility, and built-in timecode generator and reader for trouble-free sync with any production. With the addition of the MixPre-10T, the MixPre Series continues to redefine the limits of traditional portable audio recorders."

Some of the major features of the MixPre-10T include:

  • Exceptional audio quality – featuring eight ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A, Kashmir mic preamps handcrafted by Sound Devices. The MixPre-10T offers signature analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure high quality, professional-grade audio recordings.
  • Accurate Timecode – with built-in, ultra-high accuracy timecode generator and reader. Even when turned off or if all power is removed, the MixPre-10T continues to hold accurate timecode for hours. With its BNC, Aux, and HDMI timecode connections, all common frame rates and timecode modes are supported as well as the ability to lock to or output word clock.
  • Versatile I/O routing - flexibility with its two TA3 balanced outputs and a 3.5mm Stereo output, each with routing matrix. The MixPre-10T comes equipped with eight XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line level inputs, and a 3.5mm Aux/Mic input, which may be used for 2-channel line input, camera return, or timecode.
  • Flexible powering options - including a locking 4-pin Hirose connector for either external battery powering or AC-powering, as well as AA or Li-Ion battery sleds.
  • Unintimidating design – featuring a sunlight-readable, IPS touch screen LCD, and transport control joystick, for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
  • Mixing and metering - with gain control knobs, and access to panning and soloing via a simple press of the knob. Easy-to-read ring LEDs display limiter activity, and three LCD views provide easy monitoring of multitrack, mix, and USB return meters.
  • Built-in Bluetooth Smart® - enables control of the device from the free Sound Devices Wingman app. Users can start/stop recording, enter/edit metadata, and arm, disarm and rename tracks. What's more, MixPre-10T users can manage and create sound reports, plus email those reports directly from an iOS or Android device via Wingman.
  • Superior headphone monitoring - through the MixPre-10T’s custom-designed, wide-bandwidth headphone amp, and user programmable routing presets.
  • Compact and durable - the MixPre-10T is small in stature relative to products in its class. It is also constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis making it robust, yet extremely lightweight.

Like the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, the MixPre-10T also makes an excellent USB audio interface featuring 12 channels into and 4 channels out from a Mac or Windows computer at up to 96k sample rate. The Mixpre-10T features the unique ability to record to an SD, SDHC or SDXC media card while simultaneously audio streaming via USB. As an added benefit, the MixPre-10T includes the ability to automatically copy recordings to a USB thumbdrive, which may be handed off to a client or kept as a backup copy.

The MixPre-10T offers three modes of operation: Basic, Advanced, and Custom modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, the Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for stereo recording applications. Advanced and Custom modes offer more experienced audio professionals and enthusiasts access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings, such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and M/S channel linking, input/output delay, headphone presets, and more.

The MixPre-10T is available to order from any Sound Devices authorized reseller, and is anticipated to ship by end of October.

https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-10t


10 track recorder priced somewhere between the MixPre-6 and 633, I assume. Further competition to the Zoom F8! (as while the MixPre-6 is great, there are still many reasons why people might prefer an F8 instead)

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Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17093/sound-devices-mixpre-3-and-mixpre-6 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 14:57:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17093@/talks/discussions

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Sound Devices, LLC, the audio manufacturer whose products are trusted for award-winning productions including La La Land, Mad Max: Fury Road and Game of Thrones, announces the launch of its new groundbreaking product line, the MixPre Series of audio recorders with integrated USB audio interface. The lightweight, robust, ultra-portable MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 are the perfect audio companions for musicians, sound designers, podcasters and videographers. Available now for $649 and $899 respectively, Sound Devices’ MixPre Series marks the first time the industry pioneer is bringing its high-end, professional audio innovations to the wider consumer market.

The 3-input/5-track MixPre-3 and the 6-input/8-track MixPre-6 feature Sound Devices’ groundbreaking new Kashmir™ microphone preamps. These high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A microphone preamps with analog limiters are custom-engineered by Sound Devices. This sophisticated design ensures high quality, professional-grade audio recordings.

“Our new Sound Devices MixPre Series is the culmination of decades of experience designing products for the best-of-the-best in the professional audio industry,” says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. “Our mic preamps simply have to be heard to be believed, whether mic’ing drums, birds, or dialog, using condenser, dynamic, or ribbon mics. The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 merge the latest advances in audio technology with an unintimidating, compact and rugged design. Not to mention they’re both very affordable. These products are a must-have piece of equipment for anyone ranging from production engineers and musicians to YouTubers.”

Some of the unique features of the MixPre Series include:

  • Superior professional-grade audio – state-of-the-art, custom-engineered Kashmir mic preamps with analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters.
  • USB audio interface – record while streaming USB audio at the same time; ideal for mixing or recording podcasts, Skype interviews and video blogs. Also serves as a useful backup by recording to an SD card.
  • Compact and durable – the pocket-sized MixPre-3 is one of the smallest products in its class. Both the MixPre-3 and the slightly larger MixPre-6 are the perfect size for jobs on the run. They are also constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis making them robust, yet extremely lightweight.
  • Touchscreen – sunlight-readable, color LCD using IPS touch-screen technology for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
  • Full-featured mixer – equipped with ergonomic gain controls for fast and accurate mixing, and a custom-designed, wide-bandwidth headphone amp for monitoring. Also includes pan and soloing plus circular LED metering.
  • Mobile app – built-in Bluetooth Smart(R) Technology enables control from the Sound Devices free Wingman app. Users can start/stop recording, enter/edit metadata, as well as arm, disarm and rename tracks on the MixPre recorder from a mobile device. The Wingman app is available for iOS from the App Store.
  • Camera mounting – as an added benefit to DSLR users, the MixPre Series also have retractable 1Ž4″-20 mounting capacity making them a perfect pairing for a wide variety of cameras.

The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 offer many similarities in terms of functionality but differ in size and I/O capabilities. The MixPre-3 offers up to a 5-in/2-out USB audio interface with 3 discrete mic preamps, and the ability to stream up to 3 analog inputs (including 3 high-quality mic inputs) + 2-channel mix over USB. The MixPre-6 offers up to an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface with 4 mic preamps and streams up to 6 analog inputs (including 4 high-quality mic inputs) + 2-channel mix over USB to a Mac or Windows computer. In addition, the MixPre-6 features XLR / 1Ž4” combo inputs allowing 1Ž4” line-input sources to be connected directly. Both models record to a removable SD, SDHC or SDXC media card.

Both MixPre recorders come with Basic and Advanced modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, the Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for simple 2-channel mix applications, such as interviews, video blogs, music or podcasts. The Advanced mode offers more experienced audio enthusiasts access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings, such as metering, routing, timecode, trim gain, stereo channel linking, headphone presets and more. The MixPre Series also has several convenient powering options from AA batteries sleds to hot-swappable L-Mount battery power. It can also be powered via USB to a computer or optional wall-mount accessory.

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