Sound Devices 688 Field Recorder

AUDIO EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: Sound Devices 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer with 16-Track Recorder

The 688 is a production sound engineer’s dream come true – a portable audio powerhouse that incorporates multi-channel mixer, auto-mixer, recorder plus optional integrated powering and wireless system. By consolidating these functions, cabling requirements are significantly decreased, de-cluttering the sound mixer’s bag, increasing reliability and improving ease of use.

The 688 takes the finest aspects of the acclaimed 633, 664, and 788T and creatively combines them with new technology into an unrivaled production audio tool.

Inputs and Outputs
The 688 has six high-bandwidth mic/line inputs on XLR connectors, each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan. Six additional line-level inputs on TA3 connectors offer flexibility for more complex productions.

Routing Flexibility
All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade to its eight output buses, left/right plus Aux 1-6. The 688 can send its main left/right mix to three cameras simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs.

MixAssist™
The 688’s powerful digital processing engine delivers 12-channel auto-mixing capability using the most sophisticated algorithm on the market today. MixAssist automatically attenuates the level of inputs that are not active and helps maintain consistent background sound levels regardless of the number of open microphones. Comb filtering and phasing artifacts are also reduced when multiple mics pick up the same sound source by intelligently attenuating redundant mics.

Recording
The 688 offers 16-track, polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording to SD and CompactFlash cards. All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks. The memory cards can be set independently, recording either identical material for real-time backup, or combinations of WAV and MP3 files.

PowerSafe™
The 688 incorporates exclusive PowerSafe circuitry with smart sensing of available power sources, front panel warning indication of power loss, and an integrated 10-second power reserve that will, in the event of an inadvertent power loss, allow the 688 to safely stop recording, properly end all file operations, and then automatically shut down.

QuickBoot
Power on and start recording in less than two seconds. You never have to wait on sound.

Timecode and Metadata
The 688 features a world renowned Ambient™ timecode generator and reader supporting all common rates and modes. A helpful timecode compare utility shows the difference between internal and external timecode. The 688 also generates sound reports and supports extensive metadata, via the front panel or attached USB keyboard.

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KEY FEATURES

• 12 analog inputs: Six mic/line preamps plus six line inputs all with front-panel faders & PFLs
• 16-track recording to SD & CompactFlash cards; Timecode-stamped WAV & MP3 files
• MixAssist 12-input auto-mixer
• Optional Accessories: SL-6 power distribution & 6-ch SuperSlot™ wireless receiver system; CL-6 input controller with LED metering & transport controls
• Eight output buses: L/R mix plus Aux 1-6; transformer-balanced XLR & Hirose outs for freedom from ground loops
• Two AES42/AES3 inputs, eight AES3 outputs
• Direct menu control of SuperSlot-compatible wireless (with SL-6)
• PowerSafe protects files from power loss
• 2-second power on-to-recording
• Flexible digital mixing and routing
• Supports all sample rates up to 192kHz
• Adjustable input & output delay
• Three camera returns & dedicated COM return
• Internal & external slate mic inputs
• Ambient TC generator and reader and internal TC backup battery
• Easy to navigate interface, 1000-nit LCD visible in all light conditions, configurable metering
• USB Keyboard for metadata entry
• User-configurable headphone presets
• Light-weight, durable carbon-fiber chassis
• Powered by AA-battery (x5), external DC or NP1 via SL-6

$3500.00 USD – Buyer pays shipping cost.
Prefer USA Sale Only, can discuss international sale and shipping cost.

Contact: Frank
https://therecordist.com/company/contact/

Soundfield ST450 MKII

AUDIO EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: Mint Condition TSL Soundfield ST450 MKII Portable Mic System + Rycote Kit. Purchased late 2016 (one of the last ones made by TSL). Calibrated and cleaned by Rode in Australia late 2021. Serial number: 72612

The updated portable, battery-powered ST450 MKII microphone system is aimed at location recording film and TV sound specialists everywhere, and builds on the success of SoundField’s previous ST250, ST350 and ST450 portable microphone systems.

In line with SoundField tradition, the design of the ST450 MKII has benefited from a great deal of practical feedback gleaned from users of previous models. The updated ST450 MKII has a completely new microphone pre-amplifier design which offers finer 3dB gains steps and an increased overall gain of 42dB as well as a peak-hold feature for the bargraph.

The electronics in the ST450 have been completely redesigned, taking advantage of new, improved components, resulting in a superior noise performance. Also incorporated is a new approach to converting the information captured by its four-capsule array resulting in more accurate stereo and surround imaging. All inputs/outputs are located on one side of the control unit for easy access and connectivity to portable recorders in the field. Best of all for location use, the ruggedly designed ST450 mic weighs just 290 grammes, and may be used at a distance of up to 200 metres from its associated control unit – the weight of the control box is 580 grammes.

Like its predecessors, the new ST450 MKII generates audio in any format including mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1 surround and beyond, without the need for more than one microphone and will generate both surround and stereo simultaneously. The microphone’s control unit includes a built-in front-panel headphone monitor, bar-graph metering, and the usual fine degree of control offered by SoundField over all microphone parameters.

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The ST450 MKII generates audio in any format including mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1 surround and beyond, without the need for more than one microphone and will generate both surround and stereo simultaneously. The microphone’s control unit includes a built-in front-panel headphone monitor, bar-graph metering, and the usual fine degree of control offered by SoundField over all microphone parameters.

Soundfield ST450 K2 Includes
ST450 Microphone System:
ST450 Microphone
ST450 Control Unit
HW3010 Shockmount
5 Metre 12 pin Lemo Mic Cable (Mic to Controller)
*Additional 5 Metre cable
B-Format & Stereo Output Cables
External DC Power Supply

Compact Rycote Kit:
Pistol Grip with Suspension
Mic Inner Cradle
105mm diameter Windshield
Rycote Windjammer
Rycote Anti-vibration Mic cable

$4500.00 USD – Buyer pays shipping cost.
Prefer USA Sale Only, can discuss international sale and shipping cost.

Contact: Frank
https://therecordist.com/company/contact/

New York Times Magazine: How to Record Thunderstorms
“Find a quiet place and be patient. Prioritize your safety.” Illustration by Radio

I was contacted in March 2022 by The New York Times to discuss the ins and outs of recording thunderstorms for the Magazine section of their Sunday edition newspaper. Not a very technical article, mainly for beginners, that’s OK with me. It’s wonderful that a field recording article ended up in the Times.
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Hi all The Recordist fans!

Message from Frank:

In late 2021 Charles contacted me and filled me in on some bullet impact sounds he was creating for his work in a Seal Team episode that had lots of interior gun battles. He built a Soundminer v5 Radium preset with sounds from our sound collection called Bullets Re-Imagined. He added some interior reverb vibe and bounced them out so he could quickly work with them during his crazy ass busy work on the TV show. He liked them so much he wanted to share them. So, here they are in the original designed form and with the Radium preset he used. If you need sounds with no interior vibe, open the preset in Radium and have at it. 1000’s of combinations are at your finger tip. Enjoy! All my love. -Frank
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This Video is about recording sound effects. We were testing custom 50 caliber ammunition my armorer built for a video game. Our goal was to see how it shot and how it sounded impacting metal targets and dirt. We shot from 250 yards and 500 yards. In this video we are at 250 yards.


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FREE Crazy Sound of the Year: August 2021. No gimmicks, no sign ups, no bullcookies – just a nice sounding thunderstorm recorded with two MKH-8040ST ORTF microphone sets back to back for free, my gift to all of you wonderful audio professionals.

Backstory:
I have multiple sets of Sennheiser MKH-8040 microphones. I use two matched stereo sets, one XY, the other ORTF and a back up set. As you may know I love using the MKH-8040 microphones on guns and other sources but one of my favorite uses is for recording the sound of lightning and thunder. I have been recording thunder for over 30 years and have released many collections. All of these have been in stereo and they are wonderful but I wanted to up my game a bit and record in four channel format.


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The Recordist is excited to present Helicopters 2 HD Professional – the second chapter to one of our most popular library series.

Helicopters 2 HD Pro continues the journey started with Helicopters 1 back in 2015. After 3 years of going to the local airport and recording various rotorcraft I can finally reveal to you this stunning set of 97 sounds from a wide variety of helicopters.
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Five years in the making and 34 storms later the next chapter in this sonic adventure is complete. 60 brand new thunder sounds including close up dry lightning, deep booming rumbles and gentle claps.
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