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Often the greatest challenge can be the 4 BLUFFER’S GUIDE . Without getting all Harold Macmillan-ish. and unpredictable world of location recording. or radio material. She was instantly surrounded by film crews and photographers. you’re going to face challenges when recording outside. hiring lets you try out new or different machines. Marry a recorder like the Olympus LS series to a grip and you suddenly have a really powerful recording tool. You just have to know that your kit will work. or how much background noise there is. To be honest. rioters. it was instant and inconspicuous so the recordings were brilliant. “At the funeral for the animal rights activist Jill Phipps. High sample rates and bit depths are now the norm and multi-channel recording is now becoming more and more commonplace – great for getting ambient audio. For jobs like recording ambient sound. Foley. Film Sound Designer and Foley Recordist Alex Joseph often moves out of the studio to get the sounds he needs for movies like Quantum of Solace. picking up the sounds of your own fingers. surely? Actually. But one thing that most of these little machines suffer from is handling noise. I bought it in New York when I was working there and recorded everywhere I went. Mamma Mia. Move away from the big chair. and shouted “Et maintenant en anglais. It’s a question of what’s needed for a specific job. 1995. But eventually I interrupted. Familiarity with your equipment is also vital. They’re not necessarily cheap but the difference they can make to a recording is huge. Let’s start with kit. yes it might. and ended up walking immediately behind her. I used a Tascam HS P82 eight-channel recorder for one recording session and am now a convert. I’ve hired Sound Devices recorders for location jobs. Spielberg. as it meant I could sneak off to disused sets with others to record gantry sounds and strange noises very quickly. which shows me with a rather disturbing expression on my face practically embracing the star. Also. You need to know your recorder is capable to doing the job while you worry about the encroaching army of crabs. wet. But… I’ve been lucky enough to testdrive a range of the latest pocket-sized recorders for Audio Media in the last couple of years and standards seem to be going up and up with each new product. From a business point of view you can at least see what the kit is costing you. I have access to a Zoom H4 and have found it very useful in guerilla recording.” Higher Standards. Step out of the studio for a moment and let the big heavy door close behind you. from mega-bucks location machines to uberportable pocket devices. who was killed by a lorry transporting veal calves to Europe. with my arm almost round her neck holding my microphone in front of her. He makes a point of learning his recorders inside out. I own a Sony D50 myself and that is brilliant. and from a technical perspective you get access to something you might never otherwise get to use. So a really top bit of advice would be to invest in a pistol grip.” An Open Mind For The Open Outside That’s not even scraped the surface of choosing and using equipment on location but some of the best advice is probably to keep an open mind – not just about recorders but about mics and other kit. Yes. I found it invaluable myself on Quantum of Solace. Enter the often cold. shiny desk. He told Audio Media: “The things I’m really impressed with these days are the new generation of portable recorders. February 15. especially for Foley. a hand-held machine may look a better option. the sudden arrival of the former sex-kitten turned campaigner Brigitte Bardot caused a huge stir. Leave the comfort of the air conditioning and plentiful supply of coffee. and Harry Potter. A drum or vocal mic pointed at a car exhaust? That’ll never work.” “I’ve still got a copy of the Guardian from the next day. BBC Radio Journalist Huw Williams has been using portable recorders for almost thirty years. So I pushed my way towards her. Huw said. from Uher reel-to-reel machines via Minidisc to the Nagra Aries M. or aggrieved looking police officers. You don’t have to worry constantly about rattle and thumps from your own digits. If you need full-blown location recorder and don’t already have one in your arsenal then a good bit of advice is to hire for the day. the last thing you worry about in a situation like that is checking levels. I love them to bits and renting makes perfect sense for my business plan. let’s be devilish and call it something more general like “recording outdoors” because whether you’re working for a local radio station or a certain Mr. Some manufacturers make their own but you can also buy them from the likes of Rycote. there really has never been a wider choice of portable recorders on the market. Actually. Having a favourite piece of hardware is good but being prepared to dig into the bottom of the kit box can also pay dividends. But I knew I needed to get an interview with her. and comforting glow of LEDs on the racks of gear. this goes for studio recording as well but outdoors there are so many other things that can throw you off balance. She was giving what seemed like an interminably long interview in French as she walked through the precincts of Coventry Cathedral.The Bluffer’s Guide to Location Recording Ever wondered what it’s like to pocket your recorder and take your chances with the weather and general public in the great world outside the studio? JERRY IBBOTSON provides an insight… Let’s take a little walk. s’ils vous plait.

Hush… So another piece of advice would be to let the quiet stuff stay quiet. relies on something very old fashioned when setting level – his ears. in which case some polite sign language can be useful) and they might not make so much noise. where the problem of background noise reared its ugly head. But although these situations might be noisy. There’s another element that can be utterly unpredictable when you’re out and about recording – people. Talking of ambient sound – try to grab some wildtrack whenever you can. So we looked at things like shooting the wide shots in one location and going somewhere quieter to shoot the dialogue in close ups. Be prepared to explain to passers-by what you’re doing (unless you’re right in the middle of recording. they would work well in the film.” One of the traps you can fall into when recording stand-alone audio (ambient sound especially) is to crank up the levels. He then takes the headphone knob off! He adjusts the recording gain so that any source (like waves crashing on a beach) sounds natural in his cans. But it costs nothing to at least be aware of the acoustics of the environment around you and doing something about it needn’t cost a penny either.” As well as Panama. On Quantum of Solace one of the locations was Panama. and Italy. don’t need to be peaking at -6db on your meter unless they happen to be vultures playing in a brass band. wooden floor. whether it’s radio.” Those are the kind of lengths you can probably only go to when working on a Bond budget. BBC Scotland Reporter Huw Williams once took this to extremes: “My first ever location recording was for a religious magazine programme on BBC Radio Leicester. Chile. I don’t remember anything about the training I’d had before being sent out. you can use it in the noise reduction process. Because I made the poor interviewee join me. Balance the technical with the personal. We looked at all these aspects to make things better for us. And look at the actual place you’re in and check the acoustics. whose work has been heard on countless BBC natural history documentaries. only with more chance of rain. at best. I don’t suppose the trainer mentioned that technicality. Sherlock Holmes and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. but it must have really stressed the importance of not having too much intrusive background noise. the film was shot in the UK. First he plays a piece of music that he knows well through his machine and sets the headphone volume level to something he’s comfortable with. was to make the location better acoustically by putting in double glazing or by changing hard flooring to carpet. What you end up with. large windows. Goodness only knows what the acoustics sounded like. film or TV. Birds in the treetops.recorders 2012 location itself. with its fan whirring away. is a recording that’s far louder than the actual sound. “We were in a run down area and it was a fairly difficult location with a lot of background noise. If there’s a noisy computer in the corner. Austria. Wildlife Sound Recordist Chris Watson. High ceilings. This can be great for creating consistent background sound in a final mix. sitting in a cupboard under the stairs at the church hall where he’d been speaking. THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 5 . Chris Munro is a Production Sound Mixer in the film industry who credits include numerous Bond outings. Conversely. “Another thing we might do. Chris said. for example. ask if you can turn it off for the duration of the recording. Tomb Raider. perhaps where we were working in an apartment. giving your software or hardware more to get its teeth into. All of these provided different challenges when it came to isolating the actors’ voices from the background noise. It’s pretty much what applies in a studio. You might also pick up sounds you don’t want or dreaded pre-amp hiss. They can all affect the sound you get. Fridges and overhead lights put out electrical noise as well as audible hum so switch them off.

including the SDHC variety that go up to 32 gigabytes. this machine raised the bar. which raised the top sample rate from 48kHz to 96k 24-bit. and a host of other features. which borrowed the Minidisc machine’s chassis but recorded uncompressed audio (along with MP3 files) to Compact Flash cards. It carries two internal condenser microphones for onehanded point and shoot recording. There’s a chunky gain dial that can easily be reached on the move for fast adjustment. This bore a certain similarity in its overall layout and design to the original 430 cassette recorder from a decade or so before. and it can PROMOTIONAL FEATURE All In Hand Handheld recorders are more popular than ever. manual and auto record levels. At a time when Minidisc was incredibly popular among radio reporters and producers. and added extra features like a virtual third head.++++ DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++++DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++++DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++ Marantz: A Rock Solid Pedigree When it comes to the world of portable recorders. The original Superscope – a beast of a machine that began life as a domestic recorder – was later superceded by the PMD430. It could even record 6 Amongst Marantz’s current range is the 661. Even today the 430 is held in high esteem. sharp audio of the highest quality. It records to SD cards. It’s passed through various hands. Up To Date: 661 offer over eight hours of use from four AA batteries. The company’s cassette machines won particular favour in independent radio stations in the UK (the BBC tending to lean more towards reel to reel recorders). its broad feature set and excellent record quality mean it’s also at home in the studio as a backup recorder. but also has balanced XLR inputs as well as line-in and unbalanced line outs on RCA connectors. pre-record buffer. particularly for the radio and newsgathering markets. not just with journalists but location recordists and sound designers who want something they can slip in a pocket and take with them on the off-chance of stumbling across a great sound. The 670 was upgraded to the 671. There are fewer hardware buttons than the 671. by some. SPDIF input. The chassis itself feels a lot more rugged than some of the 661’s competitors. you won’t go far wrong with a Marantz. based in Japan. This had twin XLR inputs with 48V phantom power. The Marantz PMD 620 is a great example of such a device. Then came its first solid state recorder. The company itself was founded by Saul Marantz in New York in 1958 who began by building a pre-amp. 80s. until today when it’s wholly owned by D&M Professional. which of course is the most important bit. but that doesn’t mean the feature list has been cut – instead there’s a simple to follow menu system. continuing the Marantz tradition. The brand Marantz has a rock-solid pedigree in the world of portable audio recorders. which packs many of the features of the 671 into a more compact chassis. Like a number of manufacturers Marantz launched a professional Minidisc recorder in the 1990s. a combination of both a backlight multi-function OLED display and a separate LED level meter to assure the user that they’re hitting the mark. Anyone who has worked in an ILR newsroom in the 1970s. Given its relatively small size it’s still a power house of a machine with a stack of design touches that a professional user will appreciate. the PMD 670. Recording-wise. It really is little bigger than a cigarette packet yet manages to cram in a range of features and a level of performance that would put many bigger machines to shame. adding to the confidence that a radio journalist or location recordist needs to have in their machine. Try searching for it on Youtube and you’ll find videos made by people who’ve been lucky to find one at an auction or car boot sale. the 661 can record MP3 files at a variety of bit rates (mono and stereo) as well as uncompressed . Back To The Beginning telephone interviews through an RJ-11 jack. The 620 has a brushed metal fascia and rubberised buttons that reduce handling noise . even awe. That said. a limiter. It’s been described as the best cassette machine ever made. in the form of the PMD 650. It’s carried over-the-shoulder and is a popular choice among radio producers. Its high quality pre-amps produce clear. or 90s will be familiar with at least one model of Marantz.wav files up to 96kHz/24bit. which allows for post-record monitoring. including being part-owned by Phillips.

with an external mic on an XLR to minijack lead. and a headphone out with volume control is included. with USB connectivity to PC. These products are designed to replace DAT. and PCM WAV and MP3 file formats are supported. The little machine changed how I think about pocket recorders. Pitch control (between +20 and –40%). random.eu THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 7 . UB7 0EW t +44 (0) 7824 900608 w www. Denon professional is Marantz Professional’s sister brand. There is a simple menu interface and the buttons are clear laid out. A variety of playback modes includes single. It offers cascade recording and file management between the SD card and a connected USB drive. But once I’d started using the 620 I realised that I had everything I needed in one hand. A USB keyboard input allows for simple file name editing. The sound quality is fabulous. with the high recording quality and ease of use of the baby machine introducing many people to the brand for the very first time.marantz. The last machine of that size that I’d used had been a domestic Minidisc recorder. and skip back play. in the Denon DN-F650R and DN-F450 the strengths of both are combined.and 16-bit resolution. Across the entire range of its products.co. tempo lock. Foley. This has proved to be the case. Minidisc. All of the company’s machines share a professional audio pedigree born in the world of broadcasting. It’s designed to fulfil the most demanding playback and recording applications in AV installation. It can also record to MP3 at bit rates between 32 and 320kbps. and both WAV and MP3 file formats are supported. whereas its baby brother. However. as well as unbalanced analogue and SPDIP connectivity. Serial. with the same sample rate and bit rate selectivity as the 650R. and has historically been associated with playback (while Marantz has taken care of recording). It also has on-board non-destructive editing facilities. live sound. Denon Pro Adventures with a Marantz 620 A User’s Experience: Jerry Ibbotson. repeat. The 650R is a full rack-sized machine. Stereo and mono audio channels are simultaneously available.recorders 2012 and increase the durability of the recorder. and broadcast. I think I was won over the day I was sat on a railway station platform and a steam train pulled up opposite. and CDR machines in a range of applications from studio recording and playout to acting as a backup machine. and easy jog-wheel file search are all featured. cost competitive solid state recording and playback capability. I’ve used it to record spot effects. Padbury Oaks. and contact closure remote control are supported. audible quick search. The 450R also records to SD and SDHC flash memory cards. Media Mill ++DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++++DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++++DM PROFESSIONAL EUROPE++++ I’ve been using a Marantz 620 since it was launched.0. Longford. Marantz carries some core values. Balanced XLR analogue audio and AES/EBU digital I/Os are featured. continuous. and ambient audio – even to capture the sound of a Chinook helicopter taking off. Balanced analogue inputs on XLR are featured alongside unbalanced I/O. Serial and contact closure remote controls are supported. The OLED display and easy file search jog wheel enable simple front panel operation. I had the 620 in my jacket pocket and was able to get some great audio that I would otherwise have missed. The OLED display is clear and bright and can be altered to suit the user. not just to a machine of that size. Marantz believed that its user appeal would extend beyond the company’s traditional customer base among the professional audio world. CONTACT DETAILS Denon Marantz Kingsbridge House. and a headphone out with volume control are also included. It offers a simplified. and the unit can be operated with Denon’s latest RC-F400S ‘Hot Start’ serial remote controller. Stereo and mono audio channels are simultaneously available. with sample rates from 44 to 96k. Selectable playback modes.uk w www.dm-pro. Middlesex. and 24. and can transfer files direct to PC via USB 2. theatre. power on auto play. The 650R offers recording to and from SD/ SDHC flash cards and USB external drives. ideal for radio journalists looking to edit their material on the move. When the 620 was first introduced. The 620 has two omni-directional microphone capsules along with external mic and line-in inputs. marking and mark search. but full stop. the 450R is half-rack. parallel. The highest recording quality married to great design and outstanding build quality mean Marantz machines have a worldwide following. audio production.

whilst double sample rate MADI recording. whilst simultaneously taking generic computer operating systems out of the live recording process. such as the Safe ‘n’ Sound Record Recovery that will recover files even if the power fails during recording.++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOEC blackbox recorder – Making Every Track Count! With the recent release of JoeCo’s BBR64-MADI and BBR-DANTE Recorders. live multi-track recorder increase from 24 channels to 64. “One system comprising four MADI units is currently out on tour recording 256 channels of audio every night. The unit has both coaxial and optical MADI connections for interfacing with any MADI equipped console or other equipment. Multiple units can also be stacked for even higher track counts. Among other things. It also caters for 56-channel legacy MADI and can record a further eight channels of balanced analogue line level for capturing the audience reaction or general ambience. so it’s really giving us an opportunity to seriously monitor this system in action!” The BBR-64 MADI rear panel. while keeping the hardware interface as consistent as possible with that of other BlackBox models. Thus began a development process that involved rewriting the bespoke operating system in order to increase the track count. It can also generate word clock. Many standard BlackBox features are also included in the new version. the BlackBox concept evolved from years of talking to users across the industry who needed a compact. Raising the Track Count with the BBR64-MADI Like its BlackBox siblings. the BLACKBOX RECORDER’s latest developments have now taken into account a growing demand for these benefits to be more widely available on digitally connected systems. developments in BlackBox technology have seen the audio capturing capabilities of the compact 1U. is also accommodated at reduced track count. however it was obvious that requiring three systems to record the full 64 channels of a MADI stream rather defeated the beauty of the recorder’s compact nature. the new BBR64-MADI was initially specified as a 24-channel recording system. For JoeCo Managing Director and product developer Joe Bull. The MADI input can be echoed directly to the output to ease integration.” says Joe Bull. Originally designed as a dedicated 1U rack-mounted 24-channel solution. “The BBR-MADI is already proving a huge success. The release version of the BBR64-MADI can capture the full 64 channels of MADI data at standard sample rates directly to mono Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 drive. most notably for MADI data streams from existing equipment and Dante networking to take advantage of the forthcoming AVB protocols. easy to use device for capturing live audio to a universally readable file format. The BBR64-MADI can lock to an incoming MADI data stream or separate word clock. 8 PROMOTIONAL FEATURE . it would simplify and speed up the ingest of the audio material into workstations for mixing and re-purposing. up to 96kHz.

I think it’s fair to say that 2011 has been a good year!” The BBR64-MADI and BBR-DANTE systems are complemented by the original 24-channel BlackBox Recorders that are available with unbalanced analogue. the system can lock to and generate word clock. SabSound Ltd.com THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 9 . Lightpipe.co. In addition. Designed to support standard network components and switches. This and other modifications enabled us to break though the 64 channel barrier while retaining the general look. Networking with the BBR-DANTE The new BBR-DANTE version of the recorder results from collaboration between JoeCo and Audinate. feel. the PFL bus places the mono or stereo bus signal onto a pair of 12 segment LED meters as well as the headphone output for any channel requiring more detailed inspection. Potential users reassured us that providing a Pre-Fade Listen (PFL) facility instead of a full headphone mix would be more than adequate.uk Distributed in the USA by: Full Scale AV t +1 615-833-1824 e info@fullscaleav.uk Distributed in the UK by: MSL Professional t +44 (0) 207 118 0133 e sales@mslpro. “At the same time. it can similarly record eight channels of balanced analogue at line level for capturing audience and ambience. Guildhall School of Music & Drama. providing much valued input at significant stages.co. Additionally. the BBR-DANTE system again records directly to Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 (FAT32 formatted) drive.” Stuart Bruce. It also accommodates higher sample rate recording (88.” Dave Foister. UK t +44 (0) 1223 911000 e sales@joeco. glowing solidly once in record. individual channels or pairs of channels can be monitored on an internal PFL bus to provide both hi-resolution metering and headphone output. and most importantly.5kg.uk w www. CB24 8UQ. the LED shows the level varying from dull green through yellow to red. with the BBR64-MADI we have succeeded in our challenge to combine the capture of up to 64 channels of audio to a universal disk and file format in one rack unit weighing less than 2. existing users benefit from the speed improvements that have made the new systems possible – free! “The things that I immediately liked were the fact that the screen was so bright and simple and the unit was so compact!” Chris White. whilst a peak signal turns the LED bright red. Designed for connection to any Dante-enabled network device from a range of console and converter manufacturers. or AES/EBU interfaces. Monitor Engineer. this BlackBox version provides a dedicated solution for recording via Dante network. Channel LEDs flash dull red when record enabled.” says Joe. it’s hardly surprising that potential users were involved during the development of the BBR64-MADI.2kHZ and 96kHz) at a reduced track count.co. creators of the award-winning Dante™ digital media networking solution.” recalls Joe. balanced analogue. Tedeschi Trucks Band Involving the User With JoeCo’s company philosophy built around meeting the needs of its user base. All BlackBox recorders capture audio to ubiquitous USB2 drives. London CONTACT DETAILS JoeCo Limited 135 Histon Road.recorders 2012 BlackBox Technology – What Users are Saying O++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOECO++++JOEC “The unit was recording for 24 hours a day over six weeks and remained solid throughout. “After painstaking optimisation we’d raised the track count to around 54 channels. As signal is received on a particular channel. The metering section is one of the elements that give both the BBR64-MADI and the BBRDANTE their “visual identities”. Meanwhile. for easy ingest into every post production system. “Brilliant piece of gear! Digico D5 to JoeCo BBR64-MADI– Magic” Bobby Tis. “A good example of this was the way that the BBR-MADI’s metering system evolved. For synchronisation purposes. or lock to the incoming Dante audio steam. given the number of tracks involved and the fact that levels would always be set at the mic preamp stage on the console anyway. Cambridge. London Philharmonic Orchestra “Video Game Heroes” concert “The attention to detail is remarkable and it’s got features we hadn’t even realised. Standard BlackBox features such as the Safe’n’Sound Record Recovery are also included. the compact dimensions of the unit”.joeco. in standard mono broadcast WAV file format. Production Sound Mixer. Cottenham. As with the BBR64-MADI system. but this was still some way short of our goal. Head of Audio-Visual. “We have been delighted to be able to combine an exciting technology such as Dante with the BBR’s robust computer-free recording capability.

wav files as high as 96kHz 24-bit. This is one of the smallest machines to offer high-grade 94kHz. PROMOTIONAL FEATURE The most important thing with any recorder though is audio quality. and there’s a backlit LCD display for the comprehensive menu system and system information. which may well be of use to journalists who need to point-and-shoot. The LS-5 can set its recording level automatically. The sound is clear and sharp thanks to the high grade noisereducing microphones and sophisticated internal electronics. whilst offering a portable solution for your ‘recording studio’. such as wildlife or birdsong. and even high-end medical optics than audio kit. The LS range captures sound in linear PCM – better than CD quality. which can be expanded through the use of SD cards. Silver in colour. Using a grip further isolates the recorder from handling noise and turns the LS-5 into a powerful location recording tool. compacts. When recording at 44k. There’s also a screw thread in the belly of the recorder for use either with a stand or tripod or with a pistol grip. and a switch for two levels of microphone sensitivity. They all have a range of professional level features including full manual controls. 16-bit. The LS-5 is a mid-range model but still packs quite a punch. Even when recording quiet sounds. and Cubase LE software included in the box. including the larger capacity SDHC variety. Then for good measure it adds some more of its own. There’s also a Limiter than can be set in manual mode. and high quality build and finish. It comes with 2GB of internal memory. the field of the microphone capsules can even be adjusted to “zoom” in on sources further away (acting like a shotgun mic). It’s ergonomically designed. There’s an easy to read level dial on the side. the company did produce the first microcassette dictation machine back in 1969. but it was still better known for SLRs. on-board editing facilities. The LS-11 is also available at a premium. Granted. and the Olympus LS-5 shines through in this regard. and that clear. The LS-5 The Olympus LS-11. including one with a full High Definition video camera built in. until fairly recently. high resolution recording. it features 8GB of memory. The feature count also includes separate mic and line inputs on mini-jacks. The LS-5 is equally at home recording sound effects or radio interviews and the audio can be edited on the machine itself – of great use to journalists out in the field. For press conference situations it also has rubberised feet so it can be left on a table without picking up too much noise. and anyone wanting to capture professional audio. This pocket-sized machine can record . as well as MP3 and WMA files in a range of bit rates. a Low Cut rumble filter. Olympus is a name that. The main controls are laid out in a clear. 10 logical manner.+ + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + Professional Audio Recorders – Sound Studio in your Pocket Olympus produces a range of high quality professional audio recorders developed for musicians. backlit LCD level meter. 24-bit recording and is truly pocket sized – less than . journalists. That all changed with the launch of the first LSdesignated portable recorder a few years ago. with two stereo microphone capsules set far away from the user’s fingers (this is a handheld machine after all). easily within reach of the user’s thumb. an infa red remote control. was more synonymous with cameras than recording equipment. the audio is clean and hiss-free. The LS-3 The LS-3 recorder takes many of the features of its bigger brothers and sisters and fits them into a much smaller page. There are now several different models in the range. The real power of the machine comes through when it’s set to manual. including the audio level meters.

co. aluminium-bodied Olympus LS-3 is high on features. Its reverse angle recording flicks the video and audio round to keep everything the right way up. the LS-3 also incorporates Voice sync recording. CONTACT DETAILS Olympus KeyMed House. There’s also the capability of changing the exposure metering from a matrix to spot. As standard. etc. But it’s more than its size (or lack of it) that makes the LS-3 special. It adds another weapon to Olympus’s impressive. Whether it’s being used to capture a band playing live. fluorescent light. Loughton.uk THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 11 . This feature also captures audio without silent pauses. The buttons for Record. that material is the first to be stored permanently. Sound wise. which has an electronic zoom. Essex SS2 5QH t 01702 616333 w www. On one side of that “rolled flat” body is a slider switch than lets you choose between video and audio-only recording. On the top deck there’s The LS-20 + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + + + O LY M P U S + + The LS-20 is a striking part of the Olympus line-up. and is the most compact LS model ever. is attractive in price. Besides the VCVA function.co. partially erased and moved or copied between the 4GB of internal memory and microSD card.g.uk/consumer/ls-series UK Distributor: SCV London. it has a pre-record buffer. Not just for its unusual looks – it’s much flatter than most other handheld machines and looks decidedly sci-fi – but for the addition of a High Definition video camera. or as a video “notebook”. IG10 3NY t 020 8418 1470 w www. with its lens nestling between the stereo microphone capsules. The exposure can’t be set manually but there is an exposure compensation feature to alter it incrementally up or down. It’s simplicity itself to use. which enables automatic commencement and continuation of recordings in a single file when audio levels exceed a certain threshold. Play. arsenal of portable audio recorders. The sleek. it “captures” the audio that is passing through the system and stores several seconds’ worth in a buffer.recorders 2012 high as 96 kHz. discrete newsgathering. It’s capable of recording video at full HD strength – 1080p – with the accompanying PCM audio as a small grey scale LCD screen. File management is a breeze.scvlondon. and Stop are all right under your thumb. When you hit the record button and set it running. When the recorder is in record-pause mode.olympus. something normally only found on much more expensive machines. which is especially useful for visually challenged users. It means you need never miss another key bit of audio again. daylight. It provides audio prompts on features. Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate. there’s full manual control of audio (unlike many small video cameras) and a stack of features found on other LS models including onboard audio editing. Recorded files can be divided. 28-bit. yet saves the recorded sections in multiple files. Stock Road. half the size and weight of the LS-5. The LS-3 also has three built-in microphones: joining its two angled condenser mic is an omni-directional one that stretches down to 20Hz to improve the capture of low frequencies for truly natural stereo with much more bass feeling. The intuitive operation of this model is supported by a clever Voice Guidance system. Essex. 40 Chigwell Lane. Southend on Sea.. and growing. whether it’s a headlinegrabbing sound bite or the sound of a chirping bird. And enhancing sound purity in situations with background sounds is a switchable two-level low-cut filter – at 100Hz and 300Hz. Sitting between the capsules is the lens for the video camera. allowing you expose for a key part of a scene. the LS-20 is unique in offering both HD video and high quality audio in such a compact machine. the white balance is set automatically but you can do this yourself or use a range of presets e. and above that is a much more exciting colour one: this shows what you’re filming. which shows the menu and audio settings. too: users can change folder names and set index marks during recording and playback. Recording and playback scene setting functions can be defined according to the situation and saved for further recordings in the same environment. and in the base is a panel for the USB connection and mini HDMI output to show your movies on a larger screen. For starters. There’s also an SD card slot and mini-jack sockets for external microphone and headphones. interview material. The LS-20 will even let you hold it aloft (to shoot a live event from the back of the crowd for example) without tipping the picture on its head.

The R-1000 records in broadcast WAV format. rehearsals. standalone. playback. education. Digital Snakes. backing track. Used in a live recording set-up with the V-Mixer. Based on REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication).1/48 kHz) using a 500GB HDD. with multi-track playback making it ideal for virtual rehearsal. the R-1000 eliminates the bulk and noise susceptibility typically associated with analogue snakes and replaces it with Cat5e/6 (Ethernet/LAN) cable. standalone hardware solution designed for live recording and playback for any event or production. The R-1000 can be used with other live digital mixing systems in combination with the S-MADI REAC to MADI Bridge 12 PROMOTIONAL FEATURE . and training. playback. theatre. dedicated recorder/player designed to work with the V-Mixing System in any live event or production. Roland Systems Group provides intuitive. up to 40 channels of 24-bit audio from the V-Mixer can be recorded to the R-1000 and once finished can be opened in any DAW software such as Cakewalk SONAR/V-STUDIO. accessing the HDD via its USB 2. or S-MADI connectivity. the R-1000 can be used as a multitrack recording. sound check and rehearsal system by simply connecting the R-1000 between the V-Mixer and the Digital Snake and setting a channel to be live (not Roland History and Ethos Roland Systems Group is dedicated to supporting audio and video professionals who demand excellence in terms of performance and system design by consistently providing the entertainment industry with the most creative and technically advanced products.++++ ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ RO The new R-1000 48 Track Recorder and Player not only records multi channel audio but can also playback up to 48 channels in combination with a V-Mixing System. flexible products that can be used in standalone or system configurations using the V-Mixing System. live production. making it ideal for virtual rehearsal. Utilising the benefit of bi-directional audio with REAC. its removable hard drive ensures smooth integration with DAWs and allows approximately 20 hours of recording (44. while a marker function enables playback at any designated point. Recording up to 48 tracks of 24-bit audio in BWF format.0 port. Roland R-1000 48-Track Audio Recorder and Player The Roland R-1000 48 Track Audio Recorder/Player is a reliable. Offering solutions to many markets including broadcast. It can also be used with any digital console with a MADI output via the Roland S-MADI REAC MADI Bridge. R-1000 Ideally Suited for Many Configurations and Applications The R-1000 is an intuitive. and training. visual performance. and worship. Multi-track playback (48 tracks of 24-bit audio via REAC) is also provided.

rack mountable solution that is flexible enough to fit into any configuration. broadcast. Suite 3 Bellingham. capture an instrument up close with the built in mics. CONTACT DETAILS Roland Corporation 2-7 Kandasuda-cho. the dual stereo mics (omnidirectional and directional) on the R-26 operate independently of each other and in addition to the onboard mics the R-26 provides XLR/TRS inputs for up to six channels (three stereo )of simultaneous recording. Japan w www. UK t +44 (0) 1792 702701 w www. London. the V. boardroom.recorders 2012 R-26 Hand Held Audio Recorder LAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP++++ ROLAND S Heralding the next generation of hand held recorders from Roland with features such as dual stereo mics. Data can be loaded from external USB Connect the R-1000 with any V Mixer drives and devices. record live input or playback from the recorder or use the R-1000 to run a complete sound check and tune the room in a new venue without the need for musicians as you are able to select the missing musicians’ channel and continue. A 40-channel live recording/ playback system can be achieved with any MADIequipped digital console by using the S-MADI Bridge with the R-1000. USA t +1 (360) 5944282 w www. use the R-1000 to select any groups of channels for selective audio engineering training. recording.com THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 13 . 114 Power Road.uk Distributed in the USA by: Roland Systems Group 801 West Orchard Drive.roland. Tokyo 101-0041. merge. or DSLR Recording. along with USB REAC Digital Snake product to ports for backing up data and connecting a PC for further software control. Chiyoda-ku. two R-1000 units can provide up to 96 channels of recording due to their compatibility with over 20 other REAC components including digital snakes.kenning@rolandsg.com e sales@rolandsystemsgroup. MADI bridge. multi-channel recording/playback. Using two S-MADI units to record/playback increases the channel count to 48.uk e simon. This useful feature allows the user to. school. live (record). Used in combination with the Digital Snake system. which separates analogue and digital circuits – as well as impressive ergonomics – the technically advanced R-26 offers superior detail and depth. added benefits include onboard editing.co. rehearsal.Mixing System is configurable for any sound system along with convenient split. record room ambience with external mics and save them as separate files for mixing together later. and embedded power technology. and analogue and control directly from the Product Summary console or connect with any monitor and headphone outputs The R-1000 is one of a are provided. a touch panel display. personal mixing. For ease of use.rolandsystemsgroup. and audio production market.co.3. range of products from Roland Systems Group that form the V-Mixing System. for example. Designed for use in the field. and playback (from recorder). a modular.rolandsystemsgroup. provide a truly multi-purpose. Alternatively. making the R-26 an ideal solution for the stage. W4 5PY.com Distributed in the UK by: Roland Systems Group Studio 3. WA98225. For large event mixing and recording. and record). plus a versatile feature set that includes video sync. personal mixing. SMPTE and MIDI Time Code. flexible system of innovative audio and video solutions for the live sound. Roland provides a range of intuitive recording solutions including the R-26 hand held portable recorder. GPI and RS-232C. Channels can be set to ‘pass thru’ live from the digital snake inputs. six channels of simultaneous recording and IARC (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit). and a USB audio interface for your PC.

The current SADiE LiVE range consists of the LiVE LRX2. Ideally suited for a wide range of applications. film sets. including onsite editing or even mobile ADR. Prism Sound introduced the SADiE 6 LiVE branded systems. and there was an increasing need for a multi-track solution that combined recording and editing software. and reality TV. The systems are housed in a 4U high rack mountable housing. Multi-Track Recording and Editing SADiE’s LiVE Series of workstations take location multi-track recording to new dimensions by offering a higher level of track density and the ultimate in convenience and reliability. The Live H64. In 2008 the Prism Media Products Group took ownership of SADiE. Building on SADiE’s already well-established footing in live and location recording. without the need for setting up soundcards in the field. Already many sound recordists were taking laptops and the portable SADiE BB2 on location for a variety of tasks. or Line respectively using the same modular I/O cards as the LRX2. The LiVE H64 and LiVE 128 and Solid State system are capable of recording up to 128 tracks via MADI. It was from these discussions that the SADiE LRX was born. and dedicated edit buttons. It also holds the time-code. H128. Power is connected via a four-pin XLR PROMOTIONAL FEATURE 14 . small assignable mixer with motorised faders. The LRX2 hardware comprises an allmetal constructed unit that houses all the DSP. The Hardware Packages connector PSU. and soon afterward the company introduced its new SADiE 6 software. H128 large scale recorders. All of the systems have been developed with a significantly expanded track count allowing the LRX2 to record up to 64 tracks via MADI or up to 48 tracks via SADiE’s Mic pre-amp cards. monitoring. Mic. classical recording sessions.++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE+ SADiE 6 LiVE: High-End. AES. and the newly introduced Solid-State-LiVE recorder. as well as on location film-set sound capture. I/O cards. The growing number of high-end recording engineers who are using SADiE systems to capture live projects is testament to both SADiE and Prism Sound’s core philosophy that convenience and portability should never compromise audio fidelity. H64. were considered crucial. the SADiE LiVE series began carving a niche on locations such as music concert recordings. Robustness and reliability. an additional 3U high multi-channel interface box can be directly connected to the main unit to facilitate the addition of a range of I/O optional ‘slither card’ modules. SADiE LiVE systems are now being used to record large scale concerts and location TV sound. and AES reference connections. video. high reliability solutions. and Solid State workstations have been designed as fully modular systems. It is also possible to power the unit from a 12V camera battery pack. weighted edit controller. This led to the development of specific SADiE products for capturing live productions. With these high density. both in terms of processing power and input/output capabilities. The Origins of the SADiE 6 LiVE Series Recorders SADiE LiVE Series The idea of developing a robust and reliable range of location and live sound recording systems began in 2004 after a series of meetings with members of the AMPS and IBS associations.

then the EDLs can be exported as OMF. CONTACT DETAILS Prism Sound / SADiE w www. All of the tracks were recorded at 96kHz sampling. and sessions created in the single-screen MTR software can be opened in any of the full SADiE software Suites for full multi-track editing. were controlled using a number of Prism Sound Maselec MLA-2 dual-channel compressors configured on console insertion points. 24-bit resolution. there are four application-specific SADiE 6 software suites available: • Radio Producer Suite • Post Suite • Mastering Suite • Sound Suite Full Metadata support is provided. making four identical clones of all takes. The LRX2 connects via USB to any standard PC or Intel Mac running Windows. distributed between the main 64-track SADiE system and a smaller SADiE LRX2 system running 32 tracks. which gives compatibility with most other DAWs. H128. 16 channels of outboard Neve pre-amplifiers were used. These were boosted by the addition of 16 channels of Prism Sound’s Maselec Master Series MMA-4XR mic preamps.recorders 2012 File Transfer and Compatibility +++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE++++SADIE+++ The Software Packages SADiE Version 6 and ‘MTR’ The LRX2. A DV-AVI video stream may also be simultaneously captured for playback. SADiE uses the standard timecode stamped Broadcast WAV format. H64. In addition to the MTR software. The 1TB mirrored drives in the main SADiE systems were changed every two days and the main and backup disk sets were dispatched separately to reduce risk in transit. the LRX2 recorded a number of audience mics plus click tracks and show timecode.com THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 15 . Additionally. with three live shows and three days of filming for close-ups. If edits are required on set. In Athens.sadie. A total of 96 tracks were recorded. which greatly simplifies operation. Recording in Athens took place over six days. a mixture of 1073 and 1081 units. Extra UA 1176 compressors were loaned by Dinos Ioanides from Sierra Studios in Athens to cover extra channels. and radio production operations.prismsound. AAF. The LiVE H64 and 128 and Solid State LiVE are supplied as turnkey solutions. so CD refs can be produced on location. or AES31 to other systems. and let’s not forget that this is one of the great strengths of the SADiE system. mastering. which were provided by London-based FX Rentals. The sound recording and mixing was captured by long-time friend and producer James Guthrie using a 96-track. including Roger Waters’ main mics and his radio mic. Two separate Neve 16:2 mixers were used ahead of the V-series console to help contain the total number of recording tracks. these sources feeding the quad speaker set-up. as well as sophisticated post. PQ mastering is a feature of all SADiE 6 software systems. The SADiE units were connected to the Prism Sound ADA-8XR units through two RME ADI6432 MADI-AES interfaces.com w www. The top 32 tracks on the SADiE LRX2 unit captured. The main 64-track system comprised two identical SADiE H128 dual MADI units each running RAID mirrored drive pairs. Waters spread his performance across two stages – the main stage and the front stage outside the wall – with audio lines switching between the two at various points during the concert to reduce channel count. and Solid State systems are supplied as standard with the dedicated SADiE 6 ‘MTR’ (Multi Track Recorder) user interface. 96kHz fully mirrored SADiE recording setup modelled on that of his private studio in California. In addition. To complement the Neve console. The LiVE Series in Action SADiE recently played a vital part in the recording of a new Roger Waters spectacular The Wall. among other things. playback of SFX and pre-recorded orchestral mixes. Main vocal channels. which culminated in Athens in July where Waters performed three shows at the 2004 Olympic Stadium.

they excel when used in conjunction with Sound Devices 302 and 552 audio mixers. The 7-Series recorders include high-performance. four. Compressed MP3 audio recording and playback from 64kb/s to 320kb/s and data-compressed FLAC are also supported. The 7-Series records Broadcast WAV files (with iXML Metadata) to CompactFlash cards on all recorders and to internal hard drives on the drive-equipped 722. and 788T (160GB). making field recording simple and fast. 722). Developed for high-bandwidth. 702T. distortion performance. The 788T can easily fit into a standard production audio carry case such as the CS-5. They record and play uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sampling rates between 32kHz and 192kHz. While the 7-Series recorders are very capable tools alone. CL-8 Controller with Sound Devices 788T Digital Recorder. and live multi-channel music recording. and weighs less than four pounds. two-track devices record and play back audio to CompactFlash cards and/or external FireWire drives (as well as internal hard drives for the 722).++++SOUND DEVICES. 722 recorders. Four-Track Recorder – 744T Sound Devices’ two-track recorders are powerful file-based digital audio 16 PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Sound Devices’ 744T is a powerful four-track file-based digital audio recorder. No other audio recorders approach their size/performance ratio. Sound Devices’ digital recorders are designed specifically for documentary and feature film/ video production. Multiple storage mediums. Compressed MP3 audio and data-compressed FLAC recording and playback are also supported. performance. Sound Devices 702 is a two-track file-based digital audio recorder. high bit-rate digital recording. All other 7-Series recorders weigh less than three pounds and easily fit in an accessory pouch. These compact. LLC ++++SOUND DEVICES. All controls can be accessed on the front panel of the unit. The CompactFlash card appears as a removable storage device when connected via the FireWire port to Windows or Mac OS computers. four-input (744T). Two-Track Recorders – 702. The super-compact 744T records and plays back audio to and from its internal hard drive. 702T. . and feature film recording engineers in mind. or eight track 7-Series recorders shatter the size. and eight-input (788T) recorders write and play audio files with either 16 or 24-bit depth at all professional sampling rates. Created with documentary. rechargeable batteries are a standard Sony-compatible Li-ion camcorder cell. CompactFlash cards. with easy to access buttons and an informative LCD display and LED metering. Sound Devices keeps its recorders as small and lightweight as possible without compromising sonic performance. and external FireWire drives. analogue/digital I/O. and high-speed computer connectivity make 7-Series recorders stand out as world-class products. Removable. while the Sound Devices 702T adds time code. 7-Series recorders are controlled by a fast and intuitive user interface. ENG. and feature-set paradigms of all previous generations of audio recorders. Audio files can be transferred over FireWire (USB 2. sound effects gathering. The time code implementation makes the 744T ready for any recording job –from over-the-shoulder to cart-based productions. 744T. and lownoise gain. Sound Devices’ two-input (702. LLC ++++ SOUND DEVIC Sound Devices’ 7-Series Digital Audio Recorders Sound Devices’ 7-Series line is the next generation of digital audio recorders. LLC++++SOUND DEVICES. up to 192 kHz (96 kHz on the 788T). these preamps set the standard for linearity.0 and FireWire 800 on 788T) to a Windows PC or Mac OS computer for post-production or archiving. The time code implementation makes the 702T perfect for any double-system video or film production application. It records and plays uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sample rates between 32kHz and 192kHz. The two. Sound Devices 722 is designed with an internal hard drive for extended recording time. highresolution analogue microphone preamplifiers. Using an external mixer extends the flexibility of the recorder and gives the next level of audio I/O and control.

including numerous video sync sources. for a total of 12 record tracks. 788T users can remotely view.. rotary faders to control the eight inputs of the 788T. Wisconsin 53959 USA w www. full-featured time code generator. It is also equipped with selectable word clock sync source. LLC ++++ SOUND DEVICES. When the CL-WIFI hardware is used with the downloadable application from the Apple App Store. polarity. redundant recording. L/R master. Hard drive-equipped recorders provide up to 30 hours of eighttrack. The CL-8 features eight large. The 788T is a powerful eight input. provide unprecedented recording flexibility. CONTACT DETAILS Sound Devices. control. multi-track productions. the 788T has a high-performance. LLC ++++ SOUND DEVICES. new architecture. LLC ++++ SOUND DEVICES. linear fader controller with enhanced monitoring. limiter. and edit audio and file-related information from their Apple device.The new CL-WIFI accessory adds remote iPhone. The CL-8 Controller for the 788T Digital Recorder is a portable mixing control surface companion for its 788T recorder. Eight-Track Recorder – 788T Intended for on-location. and mute. The added I/O. P. Box 576. the 788T comes equipped with either a 160 GB 2. The eight inputs. control. volumes can be used for recording and playback. As with the 702T and 744T’s time code recorders. the eight-input. iPad.5-inch internal SATA hard disk drive or a 256GB SSD (788T-SSD). the original 788T input controls function as input trims. uncompressed 24-bit audio recording of industry-standard Broadcast Wave files. All three storage mediums can be selected for simultaneous. including high-pass filter. 300 Wengel Drive. The 788T is powered by 7. With the CL-8 users now have access to four additional recording tracks (eight ISO tracks.O. making it adaptable to a variety of field productions.sounddevices. When the CL-WIFI hardware is used with the downloadable application from the Apple App Store.2 V Li-ion batteries or external DC (10-18 V) and offers an on-board Li-ion battery charger. CompactFlash cards with UDMA support and external FireWire mass storage Compact. together with a flexible digital architecture. 788T users can remotely view. Additionally. which provides additional capabilities to the 788T without a significant increase in weight. and edit audio and file-related information from their Apple device. make the 788T suitable for a wide range of applications. It offers command over numerous input settings. LLC ++++ SOU The new CL-WIFI accessory adds remote iPhone. and iPod Touch functionality to 788T and 788T-SSD Recorders.recorders 2012 CL-WIFI ES. To accommodate the larger data storage requirements of multi-track recordings. When used with the CL-8. and powerful accessories such as the CL-8 and CL-9 controllers. twelve-track digital audio recorder designed for production sound. and the CL-8 controls offer fader control. iPad. LLC. 12-track 788T features a significant expansion of input and output capability – eight full-featured microphone inputs and 12 tracks of recording. Reedsburg. and iPod Touch functionality to 788T and 788T-SSD Recorders.com t +1 (608) 524 0625 f +1 (608) 524 0655 THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 17 . The CL-8 is connected to the recorder over a USB connection and it includes a USB keyboard pass-through port. and Aux 1 and Aux 2) through the CL8’s associated firmware.

explains the rational behind the genesis of the MT128 project. Finally. originally producing a series of professional plug-ins for mastering on the Pyramix platform. and the possibility to manage several audio cards synchronised together. virtual sound checks at gigs (so the band don’t wear themselves out on stage when setting levels). the MT128 is embedded in the Eclipse Mixing Console and also as a turnkey system in a 19-inch rack mounted industrial PC by several different integrators and distributors. Ravenna and so on.jedoba. “It came about because of the convergence of different facts and ideas. means that the same interface can be presented to the user or developer. In 2005 VB-Audio moved into the live arena with a special series of plug-ins especially for the Innovason series of consoles. there was no really operational solution to record a large number of tracks in reliable way. This hardware flexibility makes the system relatively future proof. for example. The DAW aspects of MT128 are what you’d expect from a high-end digital recording system. multi-hardware platform system.” However. who produces a system.” says Burel. with many products seeing a convergence of features. which 18 . Welcome to a new way of going live… Though the market for digital recording systems is mature. timecode synchronisation and professional system management tools. such as rehearsals. “We could.++++ VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-A MT128: Less Ordinary Innovation Designed from the ground-up to be robust. auxes and monitor sections. In 2005. embed the MT128 in a Tablet PC using new audio network protocols using just a RJ45 connector. where little details make a big difference to the user’s experience. “Don’t tell anyone. extensive routing. loop and marker points. the Maxtraxx MT128. it really is made for today’s audio digital chain. as new protocols come on stream. and WAV. The MT128 is easily configured to record all of the audio coming from one or two MADI streams or Ethersound and soon. Burel also adds that the MT128 is also extremely useful in recording situations that require instant playback. AIFF.com/) and in Germany from Jedoba (http://www. and in fixed installations such as theatres. the MT128 can easily record 128 tracks on internal Disk (or in RAID mode if required) and at the same time mirror the recording on an external drive. Flexibility Is Key The MT128 was designed from the ground up as a system that can be easily embedded in dedicated hardware based on a PC. it was possible to imagine new kind of application able to manage a large number of I/O. What marks the M128 out of the ordinary is the way it’s been designed from the ground up as a robust. flexible. 128 tracks of 24-bit audio can be captured and replayed simultaneously at sample rates up to 96kHz. VB-Audio’s MT128 is a software-based recording system that has been specifically designed to be integrated into dedicated hardware systems based on Windows PC. but my secret wish is to see the MT128 entering the project studio and instigating a revival of recording with real musicians!” he laughs. amongst other manufacturers. Dante. Managing Director of the company. as is a redundant mirror-recording feature. “Thanks to its PROMOTIONAL FEATURE power and ease of use. as well as native plug-ins for the Windows PC.” he adds. From Conception. “For example.de). the MT128 bears all the hallmarks of extraordinary thinking. “The MT128 will follow the evolution of hardware and audio interfaces easily. With the then-upcoming MADI Board from RME. “What comes next after the likes of the Alesis HD24 or Tascam X48?” Burel sees the MT128 as a perfect tool for multi-track recording in a live situation. and top quality. Currently. from digital microphone to digital console and amplifier. VB-Audio has been providing software solutions for audio industry since 1999. To Reality Vincent Burel. Finally with the advent of touch screen. today. This.” says Burel. the MT128 is embedded and available in France from Broady Solutions (http://broadysolutions. but which turned out to be the hardest to realise. who then can choose which type of hardware is more suitable for which application. and Broadcast Wave files are supported. Because the MT128 is a transparent device. we saw an opportunity to make a simple and easy to use interface – and this is maybe the most important thing about the MT128. this MT128 project was supplying an answer to the often-asked question. of course. there’s still plenty of room for companies to innovate.

vb-audio. Herbert Grönemeyer used it on his Schiffsverkehr tour. and The Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf also makes use of the MT128 for teaching.mt128. Morocco.de THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 19 . stereo buses. The MT128 is the next generation of multi-track recorder machine. It has really been designed and programmed as if it were an instrument that you can play with. where companies can build and sell their own complete solutions.A.com / www. freely.” Burel adds. monitoring capabilities.com Distributors: Broady Solutions (France) 31 Boulevard Anatole France. RS-422. “Technically speaking.recorders 2012 integrates the software in a sturdy 19-inch rack unit equipped with a touch screen. Obviously. Germany e info@jedoba. VB-Audio Software BP5 24240 Sigoules. And I’m glad to see that some sound engineers are retrieving their old sensations from analogue days with this machine. 93200 Saint Denis e gabriel. as a recorder for the Chinese diva Faye Wong. and The Rocky Horror Show in Germany. D-42653. The business model is based on the Integrator/Distributor idea. the remote driver architectures – many small things that makes a big difference for the user in term of security and ease of use. the interface is the focus of the MT128 and Burel says that a lot of work went into its ergonomic design. and features as the main or spare playback system on the Eclipse console in ‘Broadway mode’ for the Mozart Opera Rock tour. The MT128 is also the program behind the M.innovason.” says Burel. In addition. system. there are several innovative points.” The most obvious feature of the MT128 is certainly the touch screen user interface. a 64-track player-recorder integrated in the ECLIPSE console from the aforementioned Innovason (www. Takes. auxes and delay mark the system out too. such as the ability to manage very low audio latency buffers. The MT128 has already been used in numerous situations – as a multi-track recorder at Les Vielles Charrues and the classical music festival in Saint Denis (both in France) and the Mawazine in Rabat. the MT128 is finding its way into systems worldwide – expect to feel its touch under your fingertips sometime soon.S. “It’s maybe one of the first pieces of audio software for Windows that was designed exclusively for embedding and as a complete turnkey system dedicated to recording and playback of audio. This system can be configured with up to 128 channels of digital audio I/O.com). France w www. and the Archive tour.com Jedoba Maxtraxx (Germany) Jens Bange.com e info@vb-audio. according their infrastructure and needs. the MT128 is used as an audio logger recording up to 128 audio digital signals during TV reality shows. “is familiar to users of multi-track recorders of old. which has been designed to let the operator manage 128 tracks using just a single finger and with simplicity that Burel says. All in all.” The system also features a transactional database to avoid project corruption if you have a power failure during use – the system simply picks up from where you had a problem and without file damage. without having the stress you usually get when operating complicated generalist audio software. AES-3. It is a kind of ‘summary’ of the best ergonomics from the early multi-track tape recorders to the last DTD machine. and it’s found favour as a as a redundant play out System for the Pet Shop Boys – among others.R. Embedded in the Innovason Eclipse console it’s been used to generate virtual soundchecks at rehearsals at the Toronto Jazz Festival and London’s Royal Opera House. “It’s designed from the ground up to be embedded. The MT128 is also used as a playback system for rehearsals and DVD recordings for the musicals We Will Rock You. broadcasts of World Cup competitions in several languages in South Africa. It also supports Word Clock and Video (Black burst) synchronisation and time code via LTC-I/O. Hairspray. been used for the latest Eddy Mitchell concert at the Olympia in Paris.” Other novel aspects of the system include the database organisation in Rec-Session.” Coming Onto Stage It’s certainly found its way into today’s audio world. and ADAT format. “The main UDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++VB-AUDIO++++ difference between the MT128 and competitors is the screen user interface. Jazz in Vienna. available in MADI. it’s been seen at concerts by Helene Fischer and BAP in Germany. Normannestrasse 18.fitzner@gmail. MIDI or GPS. and clips hierarchy – “Some of the recording options.

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and other mobile video productions. and can be powered for up to 24 hours on just two AA batteries or indefinitely via an optional 8. the unit. • Camera return and camera monitor facilities. This unique product received the Scientific and Engineering Award at the 75th Annual Academy Awards in 2003. The ZFR100 can be used in a sound bag. solid-state solution. first launched the company in 1986 to introduce a workflow-control system for video editing. ensuring it will never be obsolete. or phase inverted. and was recognised with a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2008. The result is a best-of-both-worlds four or more recording channels. NJ 07444. A 16-channel. Sanders and Zaxcom Chief Engineer Howard Stark embraced on-location audio in 1996 with the introduction of the Deva four-channel portable hard disk recorder. providing full redundancy and flexibility in the case of a media failure. or applied to any other application that requires a timecode-referenced audio recording. With an intuitive touch screen interface. portable.recorders 2012 Company History STA042 AES Adaptor All Digital Sound Bag to Camera XCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM++++ZAXCOM+ Glenn Sanders. a key feature that allows user to quickly move an input from one channel to another. multi-track sound Fusion supports infinite mixing of any input to mixing and recording. analogue mic/line inputs with 48-V phantom power. President of Zaxcom. Zaxcom’s ZFR100 is a miniature timecodereferenced audio recorder. Frequently a pioneer in the audio industry. paired with minimal power consumption. Fusion’s solidstate recording also means the system is far more tolerant to motion and high G force. allows the recorders with the mobility of sound bag system to support newer cameras that feature systems. The STA042 allows ENG audio professionals to transform an existing singlechannel Zaxcom TRX900/ TRX900AA wireless transmitter into a digital two-channel transmitter sound bag-to-camera link. As a completely any recorded track or output – pre-fader. four analogue line inputs. worn on the body as a belt pack. recorded in Zaxcom’s proven MARF file system. CONTACT DETAILS Zaxcom 230 West Parkway. Fusion blends post-fader. approach to on-location. the ZFR100 weighs about four ounces. With Zaxcom’s trademark fault-tolerant recording.zaxcom.to 16-V DC power input. Fusion Fusion allows users to enter metadata directly. which is necessary for sound effects recording • A 16 input mixer with 16 output busses • The capacity to mix all 16 analogue and digital inputs at the same time • Output soft knee compressors and output buss on every recorded track (with the effects package) • Eight XLR inputs. Fusion records to two CompactFlash cards simultaneously. providing EQ. for flawless operation in even the most demanding settings. 24-bus digital mixer is built into Fusion – 10 track solid state audio recorder. Ultra-compact for use in virtually any application. and low distortion. electronic newsgathering (ENG). which safeguards audio recordings even in the and delay functions on each channel. with an accuracy of one frame every 12 hours (.com THE INTERNATIONAL RECORDERS BUYER’S GUIDE 21 . event of power loss. low noise.com e info@zaxcom. Unit 9 Pompton Plains. Zaxcom engineered the first digital wireless microphone and the first wireless microphone to feature integrated audio recording (patent pending). no audio is lost even in the case of an ejected memory card or accidental power-down. including two return inputs that are monitored in mono mode. The ZFR100 uses a single mic-level unbalanced input for use with lavalier microphones. USA t +1 973 835 5000 w www.WAV files or MP3 files at 48kHz/24-bits. The recorder can generate broadcast .7716 PPM). The system can even copy files to the backup memory card at the same time as it records new material to the primary card. notch filter. The ZFR100 can record up to 12 hours of audio directly to a removable 2GB MiniSD Flash media card. Zaxcom’s Fusion provides a revolutionary keeping the system light and portable. the company first addressed the professional audio market and has since introduced a number of systems designed to help audio professionals keep pace with developments in digital and HD broadcasting. Pairing a TRX900AA and QRX100 with the STA042 forms a one hundred percent digital audio transmission system. compressor. the performance characteristics of hard-disk along with eight output mix busses. This feature. This. Fusion’s world-class microphone preamps ensure robust sound. • Software-configurable metering of the camera send. the STA042 digital stereo adaptor. Fusion provides reliable performance by eliminating hard-disk recording and other moving parts. The ZFR100’s full-featured timecode reader/ generator ensures perfect synchronisation with recorded audio. All files are Fusion Features: ZFR100 • Operation at up to 192kHz. The TBC (time base control) system quickly became an industry staple and received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in engineering development in 1989. In 1992. Zaxcom recently introduced a new addition to its professional audio equipment family. ensures that Fusion gives off almost no heat. and eight digital inputs. product ideally suited for over-the-shoulder recording and mixing for reality television.

The company has recently developed the PAW 120.com Nagra Audio has developed a complete range of analogue and digital recorders. mixers and advanced audio codecs. a professional handheld PCM/MP3 recorder. and how music is made. and marketing equipment for radio. www. Prior to SADiE. There are now 2500+ RADAR units being operated in recording studios around the world.hhb. Founded in 1962 as Keio Electronic Laboratories. Nagra introduced the Nagra VI multi-channel digital location recorder. www.Recorder Manufacturers Directory AATON FOSTEX JOECO LTD. and electronic music products. the company has also produced a significant range of analogue and digital handheld recorders.olympus. a handheld location recorder. sampling.com Korg Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of audio tools. www. www.klarkteknik.com OLYMPUS MAYAH In 1997 Mayah produced its first audio codec. In 1974. 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MARANTZ PROFESSIONAL MAYCOM AUDIO SYSTEMS Based in Grenoble. www. However. This linear PCM professional dictation device records with a 44. perform.0 for C11.1kHz/16-bit sampling rate. Maycom has produced the N>Trans. and Japan. Fostex has adapted to changing technologies. he worked as an Audio Engineer both in the studio.marantz. www.com M-Audio is a provider of creative tools for computercentric musicians and audio professionals. the company has produced Cantar. Equipment such as the Nagra 4. Although the company still produces speaker components. the creators of the SADiE Workstation range. and offers 4GB of internal memory – equating to the potential for over 1. and the FR field recorders. and the use of SD Flash media. where. Klark Teknik continues to innovate in both the analogue and digital realm of audio signal processing. Since then.nl products. M-Audio aims to empower musicians to create. It went on to become one of the world’s premier manufacturers in synth.aeta-audio. www.nagraaudio. Marantz focuses on high-end audio JoeCo has been founded by Joe Bull.060 hours of recording. UK. More recently.com 22 RECORDER MANUFACTURERS DIRECTORY . and Scoopy+. iZ Technology has expanded its RADAR line to include the Adrenaline Plusdriven RADAR V line. This legacy brings a wealth of experience built up over 30 years of recording and capturing the best performance possible.aeqbroadcast. with the production of the DN370 and DN360. the company’s distribution division. with nine hours of internal storage. www. Fostex made a successful transition to digital in 1995. www. It offers 96 tracks of 96kHz audio at 24-bit.com AEQ AEQ has been developing.co. SPORTY.maycom. it has released a series of location recording equipment. Aaton is the manufacturer of a range of audio-visual equipment.korg. 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