Up and Aaton!

Aaton Cantar X3: First Look from Gotham Sound on Vimeo.

The Aaton Digital Cantar X3 has landed! Watch Marty Simpson's tech video above, stop by Gotham Sound Atlanta for a demo, or check out these salient details:

Inputs:8 Mic/Line, 4 Line, 8 AES, 2 AES42 Pairs, 32 Dante
Outputs:8 Line, 8 AES, 32 Dante
Record Tracks:24
Recording Media:Simultaneous 256GB Internal SSD, 2 SD, USB External HDD
Record Formats:Mono, Mixdown, Mono+Mixdown, Polyphonic. BWF & MP3
Pre-Record:Up to 10 Seconds
Input Routing:Up to 20 Presets
Outmap Routing:Up to 26 Headphone, Line, & AES Outmap Presets
Fader Panel:10 Track Magnetic Linear Assignable Faders & Cantarem 2 Support
Power Source:Two NP Smart Batteries, XLR4 DC Input, Hirose DC Output
Metering:Bright Swivelling Display
Hardware Controls:Linear Assignable Faders, Jog Wheels, Crown, & Master Selector
USB Keyboard Support:Yes
WiFi Support:Yes
Bluetooth Support:Yes
Dante Support:Yes
Misc Adjectives & Features:Weatherproof, Dustproof, Auto-Slate, Sound Report Generator, Dedicated Playback System, Dedicated Media Management Menu

The SL-6 Demo is Here!

Come see the Sound Devices SL-6, newest companion for the 688, live and in person at our shops in New York and Atlanta! Or check out the video previews below:

First, we have the short and sweet unboxing video with Natalie Lowe and Chris Wood:

Sound Devices SL-6 Unboxing from Gotham Sound on Vimeo.

And a more in-depth look at the features with Paul Padilla:

Sound Devices SL-6 Tech Demo from Gotham Sound on Vimeo.

DemerBoxing Day

The brand new DemerBox is now available in four colors for all your summer-fun-times portable speaker needs!

The DemerBox system is built into a Pelican case for a lightweight, rugged, and weatherproof package and can play back wirelessly over Bluetooth or via a 3.5" adapter. The rechargeable battery will run for up to 40 hours on a full charge and you can stow stuff inside the case while in transit.

In stock, but supplies are limited, so order now!

Pleasing SSM People All the Time

Update: The shipping date of the SSM has been revised to Fall 2015.

Pre-order the new tiny Lectrosonics SSM Transmitter and be one of the first to take them home when they ship this summer!

The SSM is incredibly lightweight and compact (2.52" x 1.48" x 0.57" and only 2.3 oz. w/ battery), but a great performer. Our range test had good signal all the way from our sales floor to the corner of 8th avenue, a distance of over 500 feet through brick and concrete!

Get a FREE rewiring of any compatible lavalier for the SSM when you pre-order! (or we'll be selling adapter cables if those are more your style!)


 

Zaxcom Deva Thirty-Two (and more!) Preview

Every year before NAB, Glenn Sanders sets up his NAB booth in the back of his offices so that he can visualize how the booth will look and flow.  The weekend before, Glenn invites me over to give him my feedback. I've always looked forward to this annual ritual, but this year I was especially excited to see how the Deva Thirty-Two, Oasis and Nomad Touch were progressing. And happily, both Glenn and Jack Norflus (who happened to be visiting that day) graciously agreed to let me film them. - Peter Schneider

The Deva Thirty-Two is really a revolutionary product for film and TV production. First and foremost, it is a digital mixer designed for location sound use. It's got all the inputs and outputs you'd expect from such a product in 2015 including AES42 and Dante, and of course, analog.

Somewhat radically, the Deva Thirty-Two recorder itself is merely an option - a user installable card that slides into the mixer. Another radical feature of the Deva Thirty-Two is the companion computer application that comes with it. Although not entirely clear from the video, the Deva Thirty-Two requires a computer in order to have a GUI (technically the mixer doesn't need a computer, but I wouldn't want to operate the mixer without a GUI for more than an hour or two, if that).

Here's the really radical part: You are free to supply your own computer (Mac or PC) and your own screen. Although Glenn is seemingly promoting it as a touchscreen mixer and the GUI is certainly built with a touchscreen in mind, I would likely operate it without a touchscreen and use a trackpad or mouse intead. The dealer will offer a specific "hockey puck" Zaxcom sold low-power computer, but end users are not locked into it and the software will be supplied so that you are free to run it on your own hardware and configure it as you like it, which is a great choice on Zaxcom's part. The mixer application itself requires little horsepower, freeing up a computer to do other things, such as display video using cheap SDI-USB converter dongles.

The application itself seems solid, and I'm especially excited by the ability to display and really integrate with the script (although I am skeptical that production will be 100% on board with supplying native Final Draft files until hardware based authentication is in place. I remember on Sopranos each *paper* script had individual crew member's names watermarked on the page - I can only imagine things being more paranoid with a native digital format). I also look forward to seeing the playback app grow into a full featured application. 

The remaining products are interesting but not as radical as the Deva Thirty-Two. The Oasis is a solid control surface for the Nomad 12 and provides a wonderful bridge for those sound mixers who work part-time from a bag and part-time on a cart.

The Nomad Touch brilliantly leverages the Windows tablet platform to provide a robust touch solution freed from the shackles of Apple's "walled garden" ecosystem. I also love the laser-cut mount that allows the tablet to be flipped over to become a slate.

The RX200 is an affordable single slot wideband receiver with antenna diversity in the 500MHz to 700MHz range.

This Is How We Roll

Orca Bags has announced 4 new bags that they'll be showing off at Booth #C10408 at NAB this year! The line includes two new camera bags, a backpack, and the ORCART, all using an integrated Orca Trolley System for easy transport. The 4 new Orca Bags will be available for ordering immediately after NAB.

The new OR-48 ORCART features a special top tray that can be used as a work table when placed on top of the upright case. Once set up, the case becomes a mobile audio mixer work station that can store everything audio related, including your Orca Audio Bag. The ORCART has a built in external headphone holder, heavy duty trolley system and internal LED lighting system.


The OR-26 is the latest addition to the Orca Backpack line. Store audio and video equipment and a laptop (up to 17") and then easily wheel it onto or off set with the built in trolley system.


The OR-10 and the OR-14 Trolley Video Bags are designed to house larger cameras with their lenses and other accessories attached to easily resume shooting after storage. The two bags also features a built in LED lighting system. The OR-14 includes a securable top tray to protect the camera below and hold additional accessories.

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