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Sound Devices announces the new A20-Mini digital wireless mic transmitter and the A20-Remote App

Sound Devices is proud to announce the A20-Mini digital wireless microphone transmitter and its companion app, A20-Remote.

The A20-Mini is Sound Devices’ first miniature transmitter and incorporates state-of-the-art features such as full remote control via the A20-Remote app, GainForward Architecture, internal 32-bit float recording, a worldwide tuning range of 470 MHz – 694 MHz, and more.

The A20-Mini is fully compatible with Sound Devices’ existing A10 Digital Wireless System.

A20-Remote is the A20-Mini’s companion app and is available on iOS, iPadOS, and Android phones and tablets with Bluetooth® 5.2.

The intuitive interface allows sound professionals to control RF transmit frequency and power, turn the Mini on and off, start and stop recording, mute the microphone, format the media, and more.

The A20-Mini’s internal, high-efficiency 2.4 GHz antenna ensures excellent Bluetooth range. The A20-Remote app offers easy adjustment of transmitter settings after the unit has been placed on talent, eliminating unnecessary downtime on set.

One of the most beneficial features to sound professionals is the A20-Mini’s groundbreaking GainForward Architecture. Most digital wireless systems require gain to be set at the transmitter, the receiver, and finally the recorder. GainForward allows sound professionals to set gain, limiters, and low-cut directly on the channel of their 8-Series mixer-recorder with zero loss in sound quality.

Sound professionals with other mixer-recorders will also be able to adjust gain, limiters and low-cut locally via menus on the A10-RX. GainForward saves time during production by giving sound professionals immediate control of gain without needing access to the transmitter – perfect for social distancing on set or complex wardrobes.

Key Features:

  • 64GB internal storage (80 hours recording in 48 kHz, 32-bit float
  • Full 10 Hz – 20 kHz audio bandwidth
  • Recordings synchronized by the ultra-accurate 0.2 ppm internal timecode generator
  • Can be jammed via USB-C with negligible drift over a 24-hour period
  • Full remote control of the Mini via A20-Remote app
  • Sleek, rugged, and water-resistant chassis with rounded corners
  • Powered by three AAA batteries or a rechargeable Sony NP-BX1 battery
  • Built-in charging for the NP-BX1 is available via the USB-C port

The A20-Mini pairs with the A10-RX wireless receiver to deliver legendary British audio quality with the best of American design.

To learn more about the A20-Mini and view specifications and training videos, visit sounddevices.com/a20-mini

Orders can be placed with Jose at 087 551 1034 or  jose@stratosphere.co.za.

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces The Windkiller SE for DPA 4018G mic

HANDLING WIND IS A BREEZE WITH THE WINDKILLER SE FOR DPA 4018G

The outer layer of The Windkiller SE (Special Edition) for DPA 4018G or 4018E mic features high-density, soft, multi-pile fur to gradually slow the wind down before reaching your mic. Inside, The Windkiller SE uses a super soft and smooth, open material. This allows your mic to sound as transparent as possible, whilst protecting your recordings against harmful wind noises.

The black elastic tab and press stud keeps The Windkiller SE firmly attached to your microphone, whilst seamlessly blending into the windshield to remain discreet.

When fitted correctly, The Windkiller SE holds a bubble of dead air around the front of the mic capsule, allowing the microphone to function as naturally as possible and keeping wind interference at bay.

Key Features:
  • Designed to fit the DPA 4018G and DPA 4018E low profile supercardioid microphones.
  • BBI’s much-loved, multi-pile fur for the ultimate protection against wind noise.
  • Transparent inner fabric maintains a very natural frequency response, on or off-axis.
  • Manufactured in Denmark with quality and comfort in mind by sound lovers, for sound lovers

 

 

 

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces The Windkiller SE for DPA 4097 mic

On the outside, The Windkiller SE (Special Edition) for DPA 4097 or 4099 mic features high-density, soft, multi-pile fur to gradually slow the wind down before reaching your mic. Inside, The Windkiller SE uses a soft and smooth, open material. This allows your mic to sound as transparent as possible, whilst protecting your recordings against harmful wind noises.

The black elastic tab and press stud keeps The Windkiller SE firmly attached to your microphone, whilst seamlessly blending into the windshield to remain discreet.

When fitted correctly, The Windkiller SE holds a bubble of dead air around the front of the mic capsule, allowing the microphone to function as naturally as possible and keeping wind interference at bay.

Key Features:
  • Designed to fit the DPA 4097 Micro Shotgun and DPA 4099 Instrument microphones.
  • BBI’s much-loved, multi-pile fur for the ultimate protection against wind noise.
  • Transparent inner fabric maintains a very natural frequency response, on or off-axis.
  • Manufactured in Denmark with quality and comfort in mind by sound lovers, for sound lovers

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces the Sidekick 3 IFB In-Ear Monitor

The Bubblebee Sidekick 3 In-Ear IFB Monitor is a virtually invisible IFB cuing & communications earpiece designed to deliver a superior experience in invisibility, comfort and sound intelligibility.

It features the most advanced driver technology ever in such a small earpiece. The new durable and resilient transducers sailed through extensive testing with flying colours achieving up to 3 x higher tolerances than previous versions.

The NEW DRIVER TECHNOLOGY offers…

  • IMPROVED MICRO-DRIVER
    The Sidekick 3 features BBI’s best ever micro speaker driver solution, where the entire driver fits comfortably in the ear canal. This eliminates the need for acoustic tubes, resulting in practically invisible, crystal-clear cues, even in noisy environments.
  • LEVEL UP YOUR AUDIO
    The newly designed driver has an extended frequency response, delivering an entirely improved listening experience. The Sidekick 3 is tough and resilient, tested with up to 3 x higher tolerances than previous Sidekick versions.
  • VERSATILE VOLUME CONTROL
    A lower impedance driver allows a greater range of volume control so The Sidekick 3 can be used just as easily with a lower output device, such as directly plugged into a mobile phone, as it can with professional IFB and IEM receivers.

Key Features:

  • UNIVERSAL FIT
    Gone are the days of Mono L and Mono R. The Sidekick 3 has a universal fit for either ear.
  • A NEW CABLE LOOP
    The unique new cable loop guides the cable neatly behind the ear, hidden from sight, so that The Sidekick 3 is virtually invisible when worn correctly.
  • INVISIBLE
    The Sidekick 3 driver unit is so small that it is not visible when worn in the ear. Coupled with the transparent cable, this makes it incredibly hard to see from most angles.
  • DISCREET
    The Sidekick 3’s cable is 44% thinner than the first generation cable with a diameter of only 33μm. The colour neutral cable easily blends into almost any background without being noticed on camera.
  • HIGH QUALITY ROUND SOUND
    A new “Round” eartip has been added which provides an increase in frequency definition in the lower frequencies, for a much more rounded sound. The original Satellite and Christmas Tree eartips are still included with your Sidekick 3 so that you can choose just the right amount of ambience for the job.

AVAILABLE IN THE SIDEKICK SPARES KIT
If you’d like the new “Round” eartip for your Sidekick V1 or V2, it has been added to the Sidekick Spares Kit so you can experience an increased frequency definition using older generations of The Sidekick.

Comes in Mono or Stereo…

    

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries announces the Lav Concealer Tiny Tape

The Lav Concealer Tiny Tape is perfect for use with all of Bubblebee Industries tiny Lav Concealers:

  • The Lav Concealer for DPA 6060
  • The Lav Concealer for Sennheiser MKE 1
  • The Lav Concealer for Countryman B6
  • The Lav Concealer for Deity W.Lav Micro

The new tape features a small recessed area in the sticky tab, to prevent the build up of adhesive residue around your mics capsule.

Similar in principle to existing Lav Concealer Tape, the new tiny version includes a handy thumb tab to help you affix the tape to the tiny Lav Concealers. The hypoallergenic tape itself is super sticky, allowing you to mount your tiny Lav Concealer on a number of different surfaces with the confidence that it will stay in place throughout your recording.

 

 

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Bubblebee Industries launches three new Lav Concealers for Deity and Sony Lavalier mics

Introducing the first professional Lav Concealers for the Sony ECM-77, Deity W.Lav Pro and Deity W.Lav Micro lavalier microphones.

The Lav Concealer has been adopted by sound professionals all over the world as their lavalier mount of choice. Using a combination of soft, shock-absorbent, natural rubber and metal fabric guards, The Lav Concealer is super effective at reducing unwanted noise and fabric rustle, that can occur when mic’ing up your subject.

The Lav Concealers for the Deity W.Lav Pro and Deity W.Lav Micro have been made to measure, promising excellent consistency holding the mic in exactly the correct position, offering enhanced shock and friction protection for the mic giving you an all-round professional mounting option.

With the Lav Concealer for the ECM-77 you now have more options for mic placement for when a less visible mic is needed and this opens up a heap of new possibilities. The ECM-77 is included with Sony’s UWP-D Pro wireless kits and commonplace with the DWX system too.

Links to these products are below…

Bubblebee Industries – Lav Concealer for Deity W.Lav Pro (Black/White)

Bubblebee Industries – Lav Concealer for Deity W.Lav Micro (Black/White)

Bubblebee Industries – Lav Concealer for SONY ECM-77 (Black/White)

 

Place your orders through the links above or contact Jose at jose@stratosphere.co.za or on 087 551 1034.

South Africa’s “My Octopus Teacher” wins an Oscar!

Produced by Craig Foster and directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, this touching Netflix documentary between man and octopus has warmed hearts across the globe. They walked off with the most coveted prize in the film business for Best Documentary on Sunday night.

It’s the first South African documentary to win an Oscar and comes just weeks after winning Best Documentary at the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. We congratulate all who were involved in this production. It’s a huge win for South Africa and for South Africa filmmaking. 

 

International Dawn Chorus Day 2021 – Bubblebee Industries Mic Wind Protection

Bubblebee Industries recently headed out to the stunning Mallards Pike Lake in the Forest of Dean in the UK to test their field recording rig in preparation for International Dawn Chorus Day 2021. Located in the heart of the forest, the lake and surrounding area is home to a host of wonderful wildlife; the perfect setting to record the sounds of the dawn chorus!

Here’s a quick demonstration video of how to correctly fit The Windbubbles to protect your lavalier mics against wind noise. 

 

International Dawn Chorus Day 2021 falls on Sunday 2nd May and encourages anyone with an interest in sound to grab their recording equipment to capture the sounds of birds, insects and other wildlife waking up with the sunrise.
 
Want to know more about International Dawn Chorus Day?
Check out this news story from 2020 here, or visit:

www.wildlifetrusts.org/dawn-chorus-day

www.ambientisolation.com

Sound Summit Virtual Trade Event – 22 April 2021

SOUND SUMMIT VIRTUAL TRADE EVENT hosted by Sound Devices and Lectrosonics
 
Date: Thursday 22nd April
Time: 10am CDT / 5pm CEST
Start at www.thesoundsummit.org
 
A host of industry leading location sound manufacturers will be at the Sound Summit 2021, including Bubblebee Industries, Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Schoeps Mikrofone, Sony, DPA Microphones, Wisycom, Sonosax, K-Tek, Ambient, Shure, Orca Bags, Voice Technologies, Halter Technical and Viviana Straps.