NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Sound Devices – XL-AES3 Input Expander

The XL-AES is an optional accessory for the Scorpio, 888, and 833 that provides 8 channels of AES3 audio connectivity through four TA3F connectors. Any of the 8 audio channels may be routed to any channel on the mixer-recorder through the standard channel routing matrix.

The XL-AES is the perfect accessory to accommodate additional digital wireless receivers into your 8-Series.

The accessory mounts directly to the expansion port on the mixer-recorder’s top panel and features four heavy-duty TA3F rear facing input jacks in a rugged milled aluminum enclosure. Firmware v3.10 is required to use the XL-AES. 

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NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Sound Devices 888 – Portable Production Mixer/Recorder

Meet the 888 – the portable mixer-recorder that’s compact and light enough to use in a bag, yet has the high channel count and power required for mobile cart productions. The  888 is the smallest portable mixer-recorder on the market that offers Dante for sending and receiving audio over Ethernet.

With 8 ultra low-noise, 8-Series microphone preamplifiers, 16 channels, 20 tracks, multiple powering methods, and support for multiple USB control surfaces, the 888 can be easily tailored to your workflow. An updated processing architecture and multiple FPGAs enables the 888 to be fully routable: any physical input may be sent to any track, bus, or output.

Many features have carried over from the premium Sound Devices’ Scorpio, such as the new 8-Series preamplifier design, 2 SD card slots, internal 256GB SSD, and dual L-Mount battery charging and powering. Alternatively, power your 888 using a smart battery, NP-1 battery, or an in-line power supply via its TA4 DC input. The ultra-accurate, fully-featured timecode generator contains its own battery to hold timecode for up to four hours after power off.

Dedicated coms and slate allows for professional bi-directional communication with other crew members. Send customized mixes to the camera or crew with multiple mix buses. With the ability to record to three media simultaneously, you can turn over an SD card to production, AAC files for transcription, and keep a backup on the internal 256 GB SSD.

A built-in three band EQ may be set to either pre- or post-fade for each channel to tackle any problems directly on-set. Enable  Dugan Automixing or MixAssist to automatically attenuate  unused microphones in multi-microphone applications.

Up to 16 channels can be automixed at a time. Get the perfect fit on your cart with one of several supported USB control surfaces for remote fader and transport control. Download the companion Android app, SD-Remote, to access to transport controls, metering, and sound reports on a large touch screen. Elevate your kit with the 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder.

Key Features:

  • 16 Channels
  • 20 Tracks
  • 8 Mic / Line Preamplifiers
  • 16 Channels Dante I/O
  • 10 Buses
  • 2 SD Card Slots
  • 256GB Internal SSD

Contact Jose on +27 (0)87 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your order!

 

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NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Chroma Key Green Spacer Bubble Windshields by Bubblebee Industries

The new customised Spacer Bubbles in Chroma Key Green by Bubblebee Industries give you optimal wind protection for green screen sound recording. This is ideal for sound stage work with green screens, usually indoors and in low-wind environments. 

These chroma key green Spacer Bubbles are customisable with a white dipper band around the tip, or black, as required. Also available as a custom order item is a black Spacer Bubble with a white dipper band around the tip.

And before you ask, yes, the hunt is on for some Chroma Key Green cows to make the leather band green. We’ll update you when they’ve been found.

Simply choose the applicable size using the Size Guide and place your order with us for your custom Spacer Bubble or Spacer Kit. And what’s more is that you can get it for the same price as the regular versions.

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Contact Jose on +27 (0)87 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Sound Devices 833 – Portable Compact Mixer-Recorder

The 833 is the professional’s tool for mobile and small productions. Like the popular Sound Devices 633, the 833 is small, lightweight, and compact. A tactile interface with dedicated faders, trim knobs, and PFL switches makes this mixer-recorder ideal for run-and-gun bag use.

Key Features:

  • 6 ultra low-noise, all-new microphone preamplifiers
  • 8 channels, 6 buses, 12 tracks
  • 6 analog outputs
  • Ultra-accurate timecode
  • 256 GB internal SSD, 2 SD card slots
  • USB-A and C ports for SD-Remote app, linear fader control via MCU, keyboard, and file transfer
  • Dugan Automixing for up to 8 channels

Additionally, the 833 shares the same processing architecture and multiple FPGAs as the Scorpio. This enables the 833 to be fully routable, and any physical input can be routed to any track. The 833 features both digital and analog inputs and outputs, and has multiple powering options, so it will fit effortlessly into your existing kit.

A built-in three band EQ may be set to either pre- or post-fade for each channel to tackle any problems directly on-set. Enable Dugan Automixing to automatically attenuate unused microphones in multi-microphone applications.

Up to 8 channels can be automixed at a time, and two separate groups can be mixed simultaneously. Dedicated coms and slate allows for professional bi-directional communication with other crew members. Send customized mixes to the camera or crew with multiple mix buses. With the ability to record to three media simultaneously, you can turn over SD cards to production at the end of the day while keeping a backup on the internal 256 GB SSD.

The 833 may be controlled via the companion Android app, SD-Remote, which features transport controls, metering, and sound reports. For an instant mobile workstation, choose from one of several supported USB control surfaces for remote fader and transport control.

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NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Tentacle Sync – TRACK E (pocket-sized audio recorder with 32-bit floating point technology)

The Track E is the newest addition the Tentacle Sync family. The audio recorder is nearly as small as the Timecode Sync Generator Sync E, so it can easily fit in your pocket for recording on the go. This allows mobile operation for example as a recorder for a clip-on microphone eliminating the need for a radio-link.

Key Features:

  • Timecode synchronization over bluetooth
  • Controllable through an app for iOS or Android,
  • Seamless integration with Sync E synchronization network by the push of a button
  • Does not need a Sync E device to operate
  • Can function as a stand-alone device.
  • 32 bit floating point technology with enhanced dynamic range
  • Uses a changeable SD card for recording the audio.
  • Input limiter and high-pass filter
  • Adjustable plugin power for supporting a wide range of microphones.

A free license of Tentacle Sync Studio is included with every Track E purchase. A bundled version with a microphone will be presented shortly.

The Track E will be available in Q1 2020.

Contact Jose on 087 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za for further info.

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Announcing the MixPre II: 32-Bit Float Recording, 142 dB Dynamic Range, Internal Timecode Generator, Record up to 192 kHz!

The new MixPre II Series offers improved hardware and new features for the MixPre-3, MixPre-6 and MixPre-10 including 32-bit float recording! 

New key features available in all models of the MixPre II include:

  • Bit depth up to 32-bit float for increased 142 dB dynamic range
  • Internal LTC time code generation and output
  • 192 kHz recording
  • Adjustable limiters
  • Auto-copy to USB drive
  • 10 second pre-roll buffer

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Contact Jose on 087 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your orders.

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces The Lav Concealer for Sennheiser MKE-2

Body mounting or clipping a Sennheiser MKE2 lavalier microphone to clothing or costumes has just become much easier.

The Lav Concealer for the Sennheiser MKE2 is a soft pliable mount that covers many different mounting options, moulding itself to any surface it is attached to. Because of its soft rubber material, it also acts as a shock mount, protecting the mic capsule from vibration and absorbing friction noise to give you clearer sound recordings.

Key Features:

CREATES SPACE:
Keeps material away from the Sennheiser MKE2 Lavalier capsule in tight spaces under or in clothing, protecting the mic from friction noise and vibrations and making your recordings sound cleaner.

SHOCK ABSORBING:
The moulded rubber concealer is made for excellent vibration and friction absorption, while the metal clothing clip and fabric guard prevent the transmission of vibration through the concealer to the microphone.

COLOUR OPTIONS:
Available in Matt Black or Matt White finish. The matt finish is non-reflective for discrete hiding.

WIRE FABRIC GUARD
The removable wire fabric guard keeps fabric from touching the capsule. The combination of wire and rubber materials acts as excellent friction absorpsion, cutting any transmission of friction to the mic capsule.

CLIP OR TAPE MOUNTING OPTIONS
Provides many options for mounting Sennheiser MKE2 lav mics on talent easily, effectively and quickly, many times under high pressure on sets.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
The Lav Concealer is made from 100% natural rubber which is biodegradable and kind to the environment. The black and white versions don’t make use of harmful chemical compounds to achieve the colouring.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
  • 1 x The LAV Concealer (Either Black or White finish)
  • 1 x wire clothing clip
  • 1 x wire fabric guard
  • 6 x pieces of The Lav Concealer Tape

Available in single packs or a 6-pack with 3 of each colour.

** A limited number ready to ship immediately, first come first served **

Contact Jose on 087 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your order.

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces The Lav Concealer for RØDE Lavalier

Body mounting or clipping a RØDE lavalier microphone to clothing or costumes has just become much easier.

The Lav Concealer for the RØDE Lavalier is a soft pliable mount that covers many different mounting options, moulding itself to the surface it is attached to. Because of its soft rubber material, it also acts as a shock mount, protecting the mic capsule from vibration and absorbing friction noise to give you clearer sound recordings.

This Lav Concealer is a RØDE lav mount that fits the capsule snugly and, along with making hiding the mic easier, protects it from a build up of glue which can result from repeatedly attaching tape directly to the mic. The Lav Concealer for RØDE can be attached directly to skin or clothing using our Lav Concealer Tape. The LC Tape is very strong, hypoallergenic and easy to apply, for mounting on fabric or skin without worry.

The natural rubber used in manufacturing The Lav Concealer is biodegradable, which the environment will thank you for. In terms of clarity, using a soft, pliable rubber means it absorbs more vibrations than harder materials (eg. plastic), preventing unnecessary noise from ever reaching the capsule. The Lav Concealer for RØDE Lav includes a fabric guard and a clothing clip, made of sprung metal. These attach to the concealer in tiny holes on the front and back. Having two different materials operating in unison helps prevent friction or vibrations from being transferred from one to the other, and eventually to the capsule.

It moulds to your mounting style: The fabric guard and clothing clip are removable and you can mount them on the front or back of the lav concealer to lift the fabric off the entire concealer and attach it quickly to clothing seams.

Key Features:
  • Creates Space: Keeps material away from the RØDE Lavalier capsule in tight spaces under or in clothing
  • Shock absorbing: Excellent vibration and friction absorption
  • Colour options: Available in Matt Black or Matt White finish. The matt finish is non-reflective for discrete hiding.
  • Wire Fabric Guard: Combination of wire and rubber materials acts as excellent friction absorption
  • Clip or Tape Mounting Options: Provides many options for mounting
  • Environmentally sound:  100% biodegradable natural rubber – no harmful chemical compounds used.

Includes:

  • 1 x The LAV Concealer (Either Black or White finish)
  • 1 x Wire clothing clip
  • 1 x Wire fabric guard
  • 6 x Pieces of The Lav Concealer Tape

Available in single packs or a 6-pack with 3 of each colour.

Contact Jose on 087 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your order.

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Lectrosonics announces the D Squared System!

Lectrosonics announces the D Squared System, consisting of the DSQD 4-channel, digital ½ rack receiver, the DBu digital bodypack transmitter, and the DHu digital handheld transmitter. Built on 4th-generation digital architecture for excellent flexibility, ultra-fast setup, studio quality audio, and ultra-low latency.

DSQD Receiver
  • 24 bit, 48 kHz digital audio.
  • 2-way IR sync
  • Three encryption modes
  • Three receiver diversity choices
  • A tuning range from 470-614 MHz for export versions
  • Backward compatible with any Digital Hybrid Wireless® transmitters including the SM Series, LT, HM Series, SSM, HH Series, UM400, UM400a, LM Series, MM Series and WM.
  • Three different receiver diversity schemes can be employed, antenna switching for seamless audio, Digital Ratio Diversity or Digital Frequency Diversity for full redundancy with two transmitters.
  • Continuously tunable tracking filters ensure excellent RF performance even in difficult environments
  • Includes talkback capability when used with any talkback-enabled transmitter
  • Antenna bias power can be engaged in the menu, and front panel LEDs show the status
  • Analog XLR and Dante™ outputs are provided
  • Each DSQD ships with half the rack hardware needed to mount two units together, yielding 8 channels in 1RU.
DBu belt pack and DHu handheld transmitters
  • Include specially developed, high-efficiency digital circuitry for extended operating time on two AA batteries.
  • RF power selections at 25 and 50 mW.
  • The pure digital architecture enables AES 256-CTR encryption for high-level security applications.
  • Studio quality audio is assured by premium components in the preamp
  • Wide-range input gain adjustment and DSP-controlled analog limiting
  • Input gain is adjustable over a 45 dB range in 1 dB steps to allow an exact match to the input signal level, maximizing the dynamic range and signal to noise ratio.
  • USB ports on the transmitters allow for firmware updates in the field.
  • Two-way IR ports ensure quick setup and allow for encryption key transfer and other data sharing between units.

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Contact Jose on 087 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your order.