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Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Mike Stranks » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:37 pm

Sigh! Just when you thought the quality, compact, lower-cost, portable recorder market was settled down, along comes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLKpAunZPiGRkuf37iq9tNyXLS0bDGalZS&time_continue=3&v=lY5Cm0se-pw

Sigh!

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:36 pm

Well shot video! My friend would call this 'audio device porn', and mean it as a high compliment. I seriously hope this recorder is expensive so I can't even consider it.

And producers would be impressed by the blinky lights!

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Mike Stranks » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:39 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:I seriously hope this recorder is expensive so I can't even consider it.


Just shy of £2000 (inc VAT) in the UK... due November....
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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:42 am

Mike Stranks wrote:Sigh! Just when you thought the quality, compact, lower-cost, portable recorder market was settled down, along comes...

I've recently reviewed the MixPre3 and 6 models and I was really REALLY impressed with them. I think the review is scheduled for the coming issue...

I've always been a fan of Sound Devices gear which is almost ubiquitous in professional location TV sound work these days. The Mix Pre 3 and 6 have all the compactness of the Zoom recorders, but better ergonomics, and professional design details throughout without too hefty a price. Genuinely stunningly good mic preamps too. A real joy to use (although the AA battery pack is a bit optimistic, and I'd have preferred dual memory card slots!)

The MixPre 10 was an inevitable next step and it looks fabulous... although I'm not convinced about the transport joystick (I have fears of it being easily knocked) Sound Devices is such an experienced company with location recording equipment that I'm sure it works perfectly in practice.

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Mike Stranks » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:19 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Mike Stranks wrote:Sigh! Just when you thought the quality, compact, lower-cost, portable recorder market was settled down, along comes...

I've recently reviewed the MixPre3 and 6 models and I was really REALLY impressed with them. I think the review is scheduled for the coming issue...

I've always been a fan of Sound Devices gear which is almost ubiquitous in professional location TV sound work these days. The Mix Pre 3 and 6 have all the compactness of the Zoom recorders, but better ergonomics, and professional design details throughout without too hefty a price. Genuinely stunningly good mic preamps too. A real joy to use (although the AA battery pack is a bit optimistic, and I'd have preferred dual memory card slots!)

The MixPre 10 was an inevitable next step and it looks fabulous... although I'm not convinced about the transport joystick (I have fears of it being easily knocked) Sound Devices is such an experienced company with location recording equipment that I'm sure it works perfectly in practice.

H

Yup! These days when I see TV location recordists it's a surprise when they DON'T have Sound Devices gear.

A friend has the Zoom F4, F8 and the Mix-Pre 6. He's a professional location sound man and was very happy with the F8... but now uses the Mix-Pre 6 all the time. Like so many items of professional gear it's not the audio performance of the gear that's markedly different from semi-pro, it's the build-quality and functionality. Yes; I too did a 'hmmm ' when I saw the joystick, but as you say H, it would be very surprising if SD had got that wrong...

Of course I bought my F4 just before the Mix-Pre 3 and 6 were announced... :headbang:
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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:55 pm

Annoying isn't it? :-)

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby wireman » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:58 pm

I was very interested in these when I saw the announcement earlier in the year, and the heads-up on this forum.
But no pre-record, and that is a big issue for me.
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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:17 pm

Pre-record is a useful feature, of course, but perhaps not as critically important as it once was when memory cards were small and expensive. Memory cards are now so big and so cheap that it's really no hardship to start recording once set up, and just leave it running until the end of the day, using markers to identify takes as and when, as an aid to find relevant sections in the DAW afterwards. I often do exactly that if I'm concerned that I might miss the start of a good take.

However, I had a conversation with the nice folk at SD when I reviewed the mixpre-3 and -6, raising the lack of a pre-record mode amongst a few other wish-list items. Rest assured, they are very well aware of end-user wishes for a pre-record mode. The company policy is not to declare what's on their update list or when new features might be introduced, but I'd be surprised it this one took a very long time to develop and introduce...

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby zenguitar » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:20 am

Hugh Robjohns does it again!

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Re: Sound Devices does it again!

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:47 am

Where I have mains power available I'm of the Robjohns's persuasion and start recording well before any action starts and just leave the recorder running.

But when I'm on battery power and on location it can be a different story. I can't justify the cost of the professional, compact high-capacity batteries so my auxiliary batteries are more modest affairs and I'm starting and stopping a lot. Pre-record is then a useful feature for me, but it's present absence wouldn't stop me buying one of the Mix-Pres... their functionality and usability sets them ahead of competitors in that ballpark - if you can afford them! :)
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