Kia ora <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the latest e-news. Time flies when you're having fun and finally we get to report back on the Pro Audio Showcase held in September.
Congratulations to our prize winners and thanks to everyone who called by our booth.

Trouble in the free to air TV business is concerning, for the business model, for employees, for those who make the programmes and for those who work on the TVCs which pay for the "free to air". We strive to turn adversity to advantage here and our doors are open to anyone who wants to unload or discuss what's next. Remember "Content is King" and good audio is paramount.

Thanks for taking time to read the newsletter. It's painless and will let you know some of the things we are up to. Previous issues are all online here
Click the links or contact Sound Techniques if you'd like more information on any of the articles.
On with the news.
Ngā mihi
Stephen Buckland, General Manager, Sound Techniques

What's in this newsletter?

Meet the 8-series from Sound Devices

Following the successful introduction of the 32 track Scorpio mixer/recorder at NAB this year Sound Devices has added two new mixer/recorders to the 8-series, the 833 and 888.
What they all have in common is they are all fully routable and record to 256GB SSD drives plus two SD slots. They share the same processing architecture and multiple FPGAs. This routing enables any physical input to be routed to any track. They all feature both digital and analog inputs and outputs, and have multiple powering options.
Dedicated comms and slate allows for professional bi-directional communication with other crew members. Customized mixes can be sent 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 built-in three band EQ may be set to either pre- or post-fade for each channel to tackle any problems directly on-set. All have Dugan Automixing or MixAssist to automatically attenuate unused microphones in multi-microphone applications. Up to 8 channels can be automixed at a time.

They can 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.
To help you determine which 8-series recorder suits your work take a closer look at the full comparison chart here.

833 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.
The 833 has 6 mic/line preamplifiers, 8 channels, 12 tracks, 6 analog outputs, and ultra-accurate timecode. Many features have carried over from the premium Sound Devices’ Scorpio, such as Sound Devices’ new preamplifier design, 2 SD card slots, dual L-Mount battery charging and powering, and an internal 256 GB SSD.
•    6 ultra low-noise, 8-Series 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/MixAssist for up to 8 channels
 Fully routable. Ultra-portable.

888 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.

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.
•    8 ultra low-noise, 8-Series microphone preamplifiers
•    16 channels, 10 buses, 20 tracks
•    16 channels of Dante I/O
•    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/MixAssist for up to 16 channels

Elevate your kit with the 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder. Unprecedented recording power – on a cart or over the shoulder.
More resources:
Have common questions answered here: 8-series FAQ
Paul Isaacs runs through 888

What Was there to See at Pro Audio Showcase?

First the lucky winners:
ADAM Audio SP-5 monitoring headphones: Marc Chemaly
Countryman B6 microphones with connector of choice:  
Robin Ludlam and Richard Freema

Over 200 visitors attended the 2019 Pro Audio Showcase in the Victory Church Convention Centre.
We demonstrated the Lectrosonics D Squared digital radio microphone system and Duet digital foldback system all interconnected to the Sound Devices Scorpio recorder via Dante new MixPre-6 II recorders.
In the fish tank was a Countryman B3 microphone connected to a Lectrosonics WM waterproof transmitter along with the five fish.
Shortland St lent us their location sound trolley, Countryman provided the new H7 earset and K-tek showed off the new Klassik Pro series boom poles.
Thanks to all who said hello and please contact us if you have any queries.

Sound Devices Stock Run Out

We need the shelf space and Sound Devices has released newer models so these mixers, recorders, monitors must be sold. Pricing is at cost. Stocks are limited, prices include GST. Buy online by clicking the"Buy Now" links

SDMIXPRE-10M MixPre-10M recorder $1,895.00
8-inputs music mixer, recorder and USB interface. $1,100 price drop, (was $2,995)
Buy online now

SDMIXPRE-10T MixPre-10T 10-input recorder  $2,345.00.
8-inputs, Timecode, versatile production audio workhorse (was $3,540)
Buy online  now

SDMIXPRE-3 MixPre-3 3-input recorder $1,095
The ultra-portable workhorse for location recording and basic tracking. Mount it to a DSLR for robust audio recording (was $1,365)
Buy online now

SDMIXPRE-3M MixPre-3M 3 input recorder $850.00,
A versatile tool for musicians and singer/songwriters who want to record sound with unrivaled quality
Buy online now

SDMIXPRE-6M MixPre-6M 6-input recorder $1,185.00
(was $1,675)
Buy online  now

SDMIXPRED MixPre-D 2-channel mixer $1,190.00
For camera or field use (was $1,865)
Buy online now

SDPIXE5H PIXE-5H monitor HDMI 4K $1,790.00
Record 4K video over HDMI to SpeedDrive SSDs 5" 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen for monitoring framing, checking focus, and displaying scope. (was $2,280)
Buy online now

SDUSBPRE2 USB Pre v2 $1,145.00 Two-channel, portable, high-resolution USB audio interface. (was $1,604.25)
Buy online  now

(and of course if you want more information on the new MixPre II series make your interest known. Maybe an early Christmas present?)

Sound Techniques Helps Giveaway $108K

When JJ & Flynnie, More FM, travelled to Northland to meet the winner of the 108K Payday competition they broadcast their entire 3 hour show live from Parua Bay aided in part by Lectrosonics radio microphones rented from Sound Techniques.
The show was broadcast live using a Lectrosonics UH and HM transmitters rented from Sound Techniques, plugged into Sennheiser MD46 mics with two Lectrosonics UCR401 receivers, a T4 IFB transmitter and R1A receivers for foldback with the audio transmitted with 2 4G modems powered off a 12v 7A battery, The audio codec used was a Tieline VIA and the entire show broadcast live via bonded cellular.
Watch a part of the show here

Climb Every Mountain with a K-Tek Backpack

Here's a handy way to carry all your gear, including your mixer while in its carry case. One has even carried a kit to the top of Mt Kilamanjaro
This first-of-its-kind Stingray Backpack for sound recordists makes humping gear to location easy,
  • fast and convenient. Fast to pack and unpack, the backpack can carry a comprehensive gear package and features such gems as multiple storage pockets, a hidden laptop compartment and a built-in stealth rain cover.
  • The backpack is fully adjustable and customizable featuring many MOLLE attachment points for additional gear.
  • A strong and lightweight internal frame structure makes the versatile Backpack durable, substantial and protective.
Come and see for yourself at Sound Techniques
$899 + GST. Watch our Facebook page #soundtechniques for a Black Friday (November 29th) special.

Christmas is Coming and We'll be Closing Down.

Important deadlines:
  • Sound Techniques will close on Monday December 23rd and re-open to Monday January 6th 2020.
  • Service will be limited on Monday 23rd
  • Last orders for overnight courier delivery NZ wide Thursday December 19th .
  • Last day for shipping servicing overseas Tuesday December 17th
  • Last day to book local servicing Wednesday December 18th
Let us know about servicing requirements sooner rather than later
Let us know of any possible requirements including rentals over the close-down ASAP
We're flexible so once we know what you're up to we'll work out a plan.

Short Ends

Lectrosonics 5-Storey Field Goal
Does sound affect beer brewing -Brewing Beer in anechoic chamber
Find Dante daunting? Here's an easy to understand guide to Dante
Cute promo for MixPre-3
An independent review of Lectrosonics L series transmitters and receivers
Headphone tuning app for Android and iOS Get the best from your cans and phone
Nick Dia has won a Grammy and has ADAM Audio A7X monitors
Researcher finds antique audiotape with a dispatch from D-Day
How do you know what sounds good? - Karl Winkler
5 Ways Ditching Your Camera Leads to More Cinematic Story-Telling
Rycote Classic windshield parts breakdown by windshield
Nga Taonga Sound and Vision /
EQ your monitors or headphones with Sonarworks reference software
How to record an orchestra
Check out the skills and kit Simon Hayes required for audio for the movie production of "Cats"
Maciek Hrybowicz provides three good reasons to buy the ADAM Audio A5X monitors on his YouTube channel.
(He's also looking for opportunities to write music for soundtracks)

Walking the Talk with TedxAuckland

A TED talk is enhanced with great audio, whether on the day or as preserved online in perpetuity.
Sound Techniques has helped TEDxAuckland with its presentations through this year with the loan of radio microphones and in ear monitors.
Our own Luke Ryan is a volunteer behind the scenes at TEDxAuckland and manages the equipment we supply, most recently at  tūmanako: To hope for a better future.
Join the TEDxAuckland mailing list and be kept in the loop about activities

We'd like to thank...

Auckland Council, Sue Berman
AUT University, Scott Creighton
Tim Brott,
Cinco Cine Film Production, Ian, Jennnifer Doo
James Dunlop
Fred Enholmer
Richard Flynn
Steven Harris
Brent Harrison
Intergalactic Productions
Islington Productions, Myk Farmer
Kevin and Co
King's School
Simon Lear
Colin Mantle
Massey University, Simon Sigley
Mauri Oro Ltd, Matua Oldham
MediaWorks TV, Chris Sutherland
Mark Messenger

Jake Mokomoko
Gareth Moon
Moonscape Pictures, Greg Moon
Pip Oldham
Craig O'Reilly
Outside Broadcasting Ltd
David Peterson
Production Sound Ltd, David Madigan
Puhoi Stour
Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA)
Radio Waatea
Sky Network Television Cookie, Haresh
Anthony Spear
The Rebel Fleet
Weta Workshop Ltd
Mark Williams

Rental Rate Card Updated.

The rates haven't changed but the catalogue has been updated for 2019. Download a copy here
Soon to be added: Scorpio recorder, Lectrosonics SPDR stereo recorder, MixPre-6, MixPre10T recorders

You're invited to "try before you buy"

Rent a piece of equipment and buy your own within 2 weeks of the rental. Sound Techniques will rebate 1 week's rental towards the cost of the same equipment.

...and if you need help with funds

FlexiRent will finance new kit for you over 12-48 month periods.
When the big job comes in and you need new gear but are strapped for cash, Sound Techniques can organise finance through a FlexiRent Operating Lease or Lease to Own plan. With an operating lease all payments are fully tax deductible and you can replace the gear after 3 years. With Lease to Own you pay the GST as a deposit then monthly payments until the equipment is paid off.
Try out the FlexiRent online calculator to work out the payments.
New products are added to Soundfondue regularly. Check out the range of products and offers changing weekly. Range includes ADAM Audio monitors, Sound Devices and more.
Terms of trade
Sound Techniques terms of trade have been revised recently. The full version is available here
Our principal terms of trade are:
1.     All invoices are to be paid COD unless agreed in writing.
2.     Claims arising from invoices must be made within 5 working days of invoice.
3.     All goods remain the property of Sound Techniques Ltd until paid in full.
4.     All overdue invoices bear interest at 20% per annum (or maximum allowed by law) on unpaid balance. There is also a $30 returned payment fee for any declined cheques/automatic withdrawals.
5.     In the event of default of payment when due, all costs of collection, including legal fees and court costs, shall be paid by the debtor.
Email Us:
Stephen Buckland,
General Manager
Diana Byrami,
Customer Relationship Manager
Luke Ryan
Sales and Rentals
General enquiries:

Find us: Unit 3, 1 Porters Ave, Eden Tce, Auckland, 1024
Postal: P O Box 68 594, Newton, Auckland 1145
Phone: 09 366 1750; fax: 09 366 1749
Open: Monday to Friday at 08:30.
Close: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 17:00
On Tuesday we close at 16:00, except for pickups, to allow us time for training.
We only open on weekends, public holidays and for unforeseen disasters by prior arrangement.; phone 09 366 1750; fax 09 366 1749
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