Sound Sat, 18 Nov 17 23:30:08 -0700 Sound en-CA Sound Devices MixPre-10T Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:57:09 -0600 IronFilm 17891@/talks/discussions New Sound Devices MixPre-10T



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.

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)

Tascam DR-701D Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:55:32 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14083@/talks/discussions image

Alctron T-01A - hyper cardioid small mike, iSK CM-20C alternative Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:28:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15882@/talks/discussions image


  • 22mm Large gold dual diaphragm
  • Hyper-cardioid option
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20KHz
  • Sensitivity: -39dB±2dB (0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz)
  • Output Impedance: <200 Ohm
  • Equivalent Noise Level: ≤22dB (A Weight)
  • Max SPL: 134dB for 0.5% THD
  • Connector: 3-Pin XLR
  • Power Requirement: 48V phantom power supply
  • Around $57 shipped

TASCAM DR-10X - balls for your XLR mike Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:07:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11532@/talks/discussions image

TASCAM’s compact DR-10X attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system. A captive XLR connector attaches firmly to your microphone, capturing interviews at 48kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV resolution. Offload recordings through the microUSB connection or by removing the MicroSD card.


  • XLR jack mounts directly to dynamic microphone (It also can use condenser microphone powered by battery.)
  • 48kHz/24 bit BWF mono recording
  • Uses MicroSD or MicroSDHC media, up to 32GB
  • Mic pre gain Low/Mid/High control
  • Instant record mode – power on while holding record button side switch
  • Limiter and low cut filter
  • Manual or automatic gain control
  • Dual recording mode captures a copy of your audio at a lower level as a safety track
  • Time Track Increment function writes a new track marker after a set time limit. There is on/off setting, but the time is 15 minutes fixed when turn it on.
  • Easy-to-read OLED display
  • Edit settings on a PC and send them to the DR-10X through the microUSB port
  • Playback function with headphone out
  • More than 8 hours of recording with single AAA battery
  • IR transmit/receive to copy settings between units

TASCAM DR-10SG Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:33:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14992@/talks/discussions

Tascam DR-10L - small recorder with lav Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:55:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15838@/talks/discussions image


Marantz PMD-706 recorder Wed, 05 Jul 2017 02:09:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17300@/talks/discussions

$299 only

Lavalier Showdown Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:50:57 -0700 JDN 2115@/talks/discussions I was looking for an upgrade to the kit ME-2 that came with my G3, and fine folks at Toronto TREW audio were kind enough to spend a few hours with me testing the most common lavs on the market -- tram tr50, sanken cos11, and the two latest offerings from RODE. I know these tests are all over the internet, but I always had a problem with them because the cos11 and sometimes the tram were usually run through lectronics while the me-2 and RODEs were often run through G3s. Needless to say, if you are a dslr shooting, you're probably not going to shell out 2-4k for a lectrosonics transmitter and receiver. Luckily, the trew techs were kind enough to modify the tram and sanken for g3 receivers.

I thought I'd share the results as a good lavalier is essential for any solo dslr shooter and produces much better quality than an onboard shotgun and it's really hard to tell what's better from youtube tests given their crappy compressed audio.

First, a general note -- the RODEs, tram and saken all completely spanked the me-2, which should not be a surprise, though it was surprising just how much better they sounded. The ME-2 was just soo thin sounding. So, knowing I was going to walk out of there with a new lav of some sort, I started comparing them, side by side, in different sound environments for the next two hours (all tests were done with a sound devices mixer and sony studio headphones). Here are the results:


Sanken COS11 -- no suprise, it's the most expensive as well. There's a reason it is used by high end documentaries and most television and film. But is it good for a solo DSLR shooter? If time and money are no issue, then yes, but if they are, here are a few drawbacks:

  • Higher Handling Noise. It takes careful mounting to conceal this lav and tape down the wire since both the microphone and the wire are very sensitive to handling noise. If you got the time, or you are mainly doing sit-down interviews, you'll be rewarded, but if you need a lav (as I mainly do) for filming moving subjects solo, it may not be the best choice.

  • Costly aftermarket adaptors. Okay, not that costly, but you're looking at $30 - $50 to modify it for use with a g3, and another $140 if you want to then plug that into an xlr for sit-down interviews.


RODE Pin Mic -- recently released from RODE this mic is meant to be hidden in plain sight (the capsule pins through clothing. I could see this being very useful for event shooters and live broadcast, particularly if you didn't want to spend a lot of time mounting it. But the sound quality, while better than the me-2, felt a little lacking at the low end, and the fact that the mic faces out (even though it's an omni) did seem to mean a little more of the room was picked up. If you do a lot of weddings and other events though, you might want to consider it. About $250.


Which led to the TRAM TR50, the flat, small lav that many of you will recognize from your sound recordists bag if you haven't already used (or owned) yourself. Easy to conceal and sounded much better than the pin mic. Far less handing noise than the COS11, and cheaper too ($250) although requires the same modifications and adaptors to use with G3 as the COS11. The downside was it came in pretty quiet -- even at 0b from the transmitter you still had to crank up the mixer more than 3/4 of the way to get have the audio peak in the the 0 - +6 db range and that added a small but noticeable bit of noise. So you could record it lower and let post deal with it if you need to crank it later, but that's a little complicated. Which led to:


(For me at least) The RODE lavalier. Also $250. Rich, full sound -- not quite as good as the COS11, but about the same size (which is to say quite small) and far more impervious to handling noise -- put it on my undershirt and moved around a bit and even without moleskin had no noise off the overshirt (which was soft cotton, granted, but still, not bad for a very quick and dirty mounting job). Best of all, only required a $30 G3 adaptor and a $50 XLR adaptor, so ended up saving me $150 over the tram and nearly $300 over the COS11. And bizarrely for a lav at least, comes with a five year warranty.

So there you have it. As always, I'd encourage you to try to test out these options in person and pick the combination that is right for how you use it most (and realize that ultimately, many people have at least two different kinds of lavs in their bag because there is no perfect choice). But if you, like me, were frustrated by the lack of controls (eg different receivers) and compression found on most internet tests, hopefully this feedback helps in narrowing down your decision. Sorry, no audio to post -- I really should have recorded it all -- but I will post a me-2 v. RODE comparison when I get a moment to pull it off.

BOYA BY-HM100 Reporter Mike Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:58:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17160@/talks/discussions image

Price is below $50 shipped -

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 I really love the sound and performance of it.

Best indoor mic for under $1,000? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:19:53 -0600 acuriousman 7630@/talks/discussions I'm going to get some serious gear soon and I have to upgrade my current shotgun.

I'll be shooting a lot of interior diagloue shots in small to medium sized rooms. From what I've been told, a shotgun mic like the MKH 416 is terrible for indoors, correct?

What's the best indoor mic for $1,000 and under?

Roland R-88 got a *massive* price drop! (fierce F8 competition?) Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:39:23 -0600 IronFilm 15983@/talks/discussions For those looking at an alternative to the Zoom F8, I noticed that B&H has a "New Arrival", refurbished Rolland R-88 units selling at nearly half their launch price (I guess Zoom is providing some serious pricing pressure! They might even be new units, and only "refurbished" in name only?!):

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

Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:52:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18012@/talks/discussions image

  • New transducers
  • Matching pair of left and right transducers to keep them within +-1db (do not worry, your ears are much worse)
  • 150 Ohm impedance
  • Overall same design used in 600 and 650
  • New $499 and £429.99 prices for better managers living
Taskstar SGC-598 cheap shotgun mike Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:20:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18005@/talks/discussions image

Takstar Pro 80, now ISK HF2011 Headphones Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:42:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3982@/talks/discussions Got myself three different headphones.

All three are considered best amoungs Chinese designed and manufactured headphones :-)


As for manufacturing quality, it is clear that thay can compete with best and pricey phones.

Sound is also very good, and different amongst all three. This is usual thing for heaphones. :-)

But my favourite is still Panasonic HTF890.

I'll write more about this phones later.

Saramonic SmartRig II Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:13:58 -0600 MikeLinn 17967@/talks/discussions

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!):



And the info for the dual battery version:

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.

IBC 2017: Zaxcom ZMT3-HH Handheld Wireless Microphone Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:38:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17946@/talks/discussions

Saramonic VMic microphones Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:14:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17279@/talks/discussions image

Saramonic VMic Pro is a super directional shotgun microphone that mounts directly onto your camera. Comes with shock mount system.

It has 150 Hz low cut filter and a high frequency boost (+6dB) feature that can be controlled independently. Microphone comes with three position level control (-10dB, 0dB, +20dB), a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring, and a low battery LED indicator. The microphone's frequency response is 35 Hz ~ 20 kHz, signal-to-noise ratio is 75dB, and the microphone has a dynamic range of 120dB. Power is supplied by two AA batteries and the package includes a foam windshield as well as a detachable 3.5mm cable to connect to the camera.

VMic Recorder model features an integrated flash recorder that can store 16-bit / 48 kHz WAV audio files to a Micro SDHC memory card up to 32GB capacity. It also comes with an LCD monitor and a single-button recording function. The standard VMic model comes with similar specifications to the Pro variant but has to make do with a slightly reduced feature set. It will set you back $119.95; the Recorder is $199.95. VMiv Pro UK will cost you £199.14.

Zaxcom and why patents must go to hell with capitalism as company Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:17:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15867@/talks/discussions At first read this affecting


Zaxcom also delayed JuicedLink Little DARling -

Initially case seems like not too important (now Tascam backed off removing output in US and restricting to 3.5mm input only).
It actually states that Zaxcom will prevent selling in US any device that have both wireless audio transmission and recording. Case is even not about such device, but one part of such device. And it is really big with current technology. As patents prevent making really affordable and in same time fully reliable systems what also have local recorded backup audio.

What else Zaxcom prevents to appear in your everyday life?

How about ability for recorder to make 32-bit floating wave (and even 24bit files) files using two parallel DACs aimed at different levels? It is possible to record two separate files as many recorders do, but not to join them in portable recorder. It is patented by Zaxcom.

How about wireless timecode transmission to multiple recorders? Patented by Zaxcom.

Add here patents on wireless transmission methods and encodings.

All of this produce big damage in the interest of few capitalists, and no, this guys did not invented anything, their engineers did and long ago they compensated all expenses.

Rode VideoMic Pro+ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:49:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16344@/talks/discussions

Sennheiser AVX wireless mikes Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:18 -0600 MikeLinn 13619@/talks/discussions Setup

Mikes Difference


RODELink Digital Wireless Audio System Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:21:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12219@/talks/discussions

It is digital wireless audio system, works in super crowded 2.4GHz band, uses 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously. Audio is transmitted in 24-bit/44.1k digital forma, max distance is around 100 meters .

Transmitter+reciever set will be $399

BIRTV 2017: Saramonic VmicLink5 5.8Ghz Digital Wireless Micropone system Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:43:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17893@/talks/discussions

BIRTV 2017: Saramonic SR-VRM1 XLR Recorder Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:44:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17894@/talks/discussions

BIRTV 2017: Saramonic SR-PAX1 XLR Preamp Mixer Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:43:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17892@/talks/discussions

Dialogue microphones for indoors and outdoors recording Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:45:21 -0700 solarwnz 5822@/talks/discussions I'm looking to upgrade my current mic selection for recording an actor's dialogue on location. What mics and patterns do you folks use and are you happy with the results? I use a Sennheiser-ME66 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone for most of my audio - especially sound effects and Foley. However, I'd prefer to find something better suited for recording actors dialogue. Any tips?

BIRTV 2017: Boya Wireless Microphones Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:27:41 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17875@/talks/discussions

BIRTV 2017: Boya On-Camera Microphones Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:26:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17874@/talks/discussions

BIRTV 2017: Boya Shotgun Microphones Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:24:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17873@/talks/discussions