Scorpio! Scorpio! Scor-pi-OOOOO!

Sound Devices has just announced the Scorpio, a 32 channel, 36 track portable time code mixer-recorder with 16 mic/line preamplifiers, 32 channels of Dante in and out, AES in and out, 12 analog outputs, and multiple headphone outputs. 

The Scorpio can record to an internal SSD drive and two SD cards, can be controlled via Bluetooth with the new SD-REMOTE app, has bus routing, and works with the Sound Devices SL-6 with the addition of the SL-6 Riser. It is not compatible with the CL-12, but will work with the Icon Platform M+ Control Surface.

We've got a summary video and more details below the jump, but if you're sold already, it retails for $8,995 and is expected to be available second quarter 2019. Initial supply may be limited and orders will be delivered strictly first-come, first-served, so place your $500 nonrefundable pre-order now to get yours as soon as possible. It's available both as a stand-alone item or in a convenient bundle:

Up on Aaton

This month is your last chance to buy an Aaton Cantar X3 Recorder at the current pricing of $14,990 before manufacturing costs necessitate a $1000 price increase!

Got an old Cantar X1 or X2? Trade it in and save an additional $2500 towards the purchase of the X3!

Both the current pricing and the trade-in offer expire at the end of February, so buy now to lock-in the savings!

The Ticking Reblock

The FCC deadline on selling legacy wireless equipment is the end of September. Though you will be able to continue to use older equipment (as long as it complies with legal frequencies and power output), manufacturers will not be able to sell any components that have not been recertified by the FCC, including the components that are necessary for moving your wireless to a different frequency.

Bottom line: if you need your older Lectrosonics or Zaxcom wireless gear reblocked, make arrangements as soon as possible. 

Lectrosonics
is already booked through August and they've specified that the following gear will not be able to be reblocked after September: HH, HM, UH, UM400a, and UT. Here's our guide to Lectro reblocking pricing and which frequencies need to be changed.

Zaxcom has not created a specific list, but assume reblocking any of their discontinued wireless products is subject to the same September 30th deadline. Here's our guide to Zaxcom reblocking pricing and which frequencies need to be changed.

I Don't Care if it Rains or Freezes...

Ambient Motion

Starting in April, Ambient Recording is adjusting prices on select items in their line. Some of the adjustments are small, but some are fairly significant. We've included selected items below and a full list of the price changes is available here. Order now to lock in the current price!

Model Current Price4/1 PriceDifference
ACN-LS Time Code Slate$1,248.00$1,356.00$108.00
QP 120 4'6" Extension$188.00$270.00$82.00
QP 480 Mini Boom Pole$483.00$504.00$21.00
QP 4140 Boom Pole$612.00$636.00$24.00
QP 6200 Jumbo Boom Pole$1,152.00$1,500.00$348.00
QS Boom Pole$876.00$912.00$36.00
QS Mini Boom Pole$660.00$696.00$36.00
QXS 550 Boom Pole$344.00$354.00$10.00
QXS 565 Boom Pole$426.00$438.00$12.00
Time Code In/Out Cable$81.00$107.00$26.00

Price Increase A-Comin'!

Starting December 1st, Sound Devices is increasing prices on select items in their line, including the 688 (+$249) and 633 (+$99) recorders, the MixPre-D (+$60), the HX-3 (+$46) and the CL-12 (+$100). Order now to lock in the current price!

Model Current Price 12/1 Price Difference
688 Production Mixer/Recorder $5749 $5998 $249
664 Production Mixer/Recorder $4949 $4998 $49
633 Compact Mixer/Recorder $3229 $3328 $99
633 Full Kit $3995 $4090 $95
552 Production Mixer/Recorder $3399 $3610 $211
CL-12 Linear Fader Controller $1995 $2095 $100
Wingman Connect $60 $68 $8
302 Production Mixer $1649 $1698 $49
MixPre-D Field Mixer $929 $989 $60
702 CF Recorder $2049 $2225 $176
722 Hard Drive/CF Recorder $2679 $2699 $20
HX-3 Headphone Distro Amp $409 $455 $46
MM-1 Mic Preamp $509 $559 $50
MP-1 Mic Preamp $409 $455 $46
USBPre 2 Audio Interface $879 $895 $16

We're part of the American Express Small Business program, so when you pay with your enrolled AmEx for any purchases through the rest of the year, you'll get double rewards! More details are available here.

I'll Still Have You, Sony, Boy

Sony Professional Wireless is a staple of audio packages for news crews; it's less common for feature film, television, and reality production, but definitely has the potential to be put to great use in those realms.

Sony has two tiers of wireless: a UHF line with Digital Signal processing and an all-digital line. Andy Munitz from Sony was kind enough to join us for a demo and discussion of both tiers, which we've included below (or watch the whole thing here.)

Sony UHF Wireless Systems

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The third generation of Sony's analog wireless adds digital signal processing for great sound through better companding. It's available both as convenient, money-saving packages and as individual transmitter and receiver components for $700-$950 per channel. (Some mighty fine accessories are also available.) 


Sony Digital Wireless Systems

Sony's Digital Wireless line uses full digital wireless for artifact-free, non-companded high quality sound, increased range at lower power, even lower latency, spectral efficiency, and the ability to encrypt your audio. They're available in a large array of form factors from bodypacks and plug-on transmitters to dual slot and rack mounted receivers to fit any bag or cart set-up for about $3300 per channel. Sony has also made some excellent training videos available if you're interested in seeing the systems more in depth.

Wiring for Sony is available for most lavaliers - give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions!

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