October Gazette

AES is Coming!

AES is coming up fast and Gotham will be there, proudly sharing booth 2738 with Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and Radio Active Designs! Stop by and see us (and all the other great seminars and tech on display!)

Here's the link to register for your FREE Exhibits Plus pass, courtesy of Gotham!

Here's the full list of the events at our booth. (Check out times and more information here):

IBC 2013 Wrap-Up

Gotham's own Peter Schneider, Jim Guzzi, and Christina Z. Wittich returned from IBC 2013 festooned with the latest from De Bijenkorf and a whole host of videos covering some of the neatest and newest from the show!

We've pulled aside some videos below or you can see them all here!

IBC 2013: Timecode

"You can have reverse timecode, but you can't have reverse time, as far as I know" -Fritz Rosendahl

Fair enough, but we can at least capture it for further study. See what Timecode Buddy, Ambient, and Rosendahl were showing off at IBC 2013!


IBC 2013: Recording

What was new in audio recording at IBC 2013? We've got the scoop on the latest in microphones, cameras, and recorders from Schoeps, Arriflex, and JoeCo!

First Look: Shure UA874US Antenna

Peter Schneider illuminates the utility of Shure's new active UA874US sharkfin antenna with switchable gain, attenuation, and overload LED.

Read the full article.

Zoom Just Got Sixier

With the H6, Zoom brings to market the world's first handy six track portable recorder. With on-board fader knobs and modular capsules, it occupies the midpoint between convenience and flexibility perfectly.

Check out all the details or order yours today!

First Look: Tascam DR-60D

Gotham is now stocking the Tascam DR-60D 4 channel mixer/recorder! It joins our arsenal for DSLR operators searching for a more professional audio solution. It is well centered, balanced, and mounts to any DSLR via 1/4"-20 mount.

Our demo setup above is the Sennheiser MKE600, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and the Tascam DR-60D. Adding a single wireless receiver would be over-capacity for this rig and it would prevent it from being able to sit upright safely.

If you want to put it in a fanny pack, the "hold" switch will keep your levels to let you focus on the shot. Alternatively bring your best friend/sound mixer and get cozy with coiled XLR and 1/8" TRS cables whilst you both monitor audio from your respective machines. Tascam has used super-quiet pots and contour buttons, and the "monitor select" button is a quick way to monitor each channel or channel-mix separately for superior level mixing.

With another set of batteries to worry about, I would avoid phantom powering anything, AA powered shotguns are ideal. Green Note: My trusty rechargeables would not power the DR-60D.

Call or click to order one today!

- Natalie Lowe

Still Online

Hey, remember the last gazette, when we had a new website and had free shipping? Good times, good times. So good, in fact, that we've decided to extend the free 2-Day shipping (within the continental US, some restrictions apply) another month! So hie thee to gothamsound.com if you're in the market to buy!

RX Emergency Two Now Shipping!

We have the Rx Emergency Two in stock! These great little problem solvers lets you conveniently and affordably add two wireless channels of input into a Sound Devices 302, 442, 552, or 664 mixer via the Link I/O or Mix In connector. 

Check out all the details here and order yours today!

Firmware Updates

A smorgasbord of worthy updates for your devices:

Ambient's new firmware update for Lockit and Tiny Lockit introduces wireless continuous auto jam, with which you're never out of sync.The ACN (Ambient Clockit Network) will "jam" sync all other ACN devices whenever they are in range.

v 3.1 also adds built in midi time code/SMPTE time code capability to allow real SMPTE LTC i/o for Pro-Tools workstations and RF LNA (low noise amplifier) for extended range (at the cost of decreased battery life) for the ACN!

Integrates timecode transceiver mode, lockit it is a fully functional timecode receiver and transmitter. Re-syncs every four seconds automatically Lockit and TinyLockit with now immediately be recognized immediately as Audio/Midi Device by your PC or Mac.

Watch the video or download the update from here!

v.105 of Sound Devices' 664 firmware features Broadcast WAV mono file support, LCD daylight mode, CF & SD card enhancements, and new shortcuts!

The PIX 260i v1.04 update introduces some important fixes for your machine, including PIX-CADDY CF support, mono audio wave file recording and playback, a scene increment shortcut and RS-422 enhancements.

And last, but not least, Zaxcom's new Nomad update 6.01 adds automix settings!

Sound Devices PIX Service Notice

Based on reports from the field and through Sound Devices close investigation with Intel engineers, the PIX-SSD5 hard drive, also known as the Intel 520 drive, has the potential for drive failure or data corruption when used in a PIX-CADDY. This failure is most likely to occur when a drive is initially connected to a computer or when left idle while connected to a computer for an extended period of time. While these conditions are rare, Sound Devices recommends PIX users of the PIX-SSD5 (Intel 520 drive) take one of he following actions:

  1. Advanced Replacement – Sound Devices offers an advanced replacement drive, the PIX-SSD6 to U.S. customers of the PIX-SSD5 for $100 which includes ground shipping (expedited shipping is available for additional expense). Return the original PIX-SSD5 using the pre-paid shipping label included with the replacement drive. Sound Devices reserves the right to charge the balance of the cost of the PIX-SSD6 ($299 USD) if the PIX-SSD5 is not returned within 30 days of receipt of the PIX-SSD6. Customers outside the U.S. should contact their Sound Devices reseller or distributor for details. Sound Devices recommends the advanced replacement.
  2.  (or) Firmware Update – Customers may choose to update their PIX-SSD5 (Intel 520 drive) with a firmware release developed by Intel specifically to address the issues above. Intel is confident that this firmware update resolves the cause of the drive failure. This update can be applied to any Intel 520 drive by following the steps outlined in the tech note, Intel 520 Firmware Update Instructions. Please note that this update requires specific computer knowledge to apply the update.

Gotham is an authorized service center for the firmware update. Call us at 212-629-9430 or email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

More info can be found in the Sound Devices Tech Notes here.

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