SONONEWS December 2018

Message from the President

2018 was a fully loaded year for the SONOSAX team, and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely and warmly thank then for their remarkable achievements. My thoughts and gratitude also go to our loyal clients who, through their comments and advice, have incessantly helped us to evolve and improve.

This past year saw several milestones: new developments, updates, refinement and improvement of current products. All of these bear witness to the quality of our products and the loyalty of our their users, as evidenced by revisions of several SONOSAX machines (some of which are over 20 years old).

Although market demand was slightly lower in 2018, we were pleased to note that our analog/digital mixing consoles of the SX-ST and SX-ES series still occupy an important role in the majority of large private film productions. Our thanks and congratulations to all sound engineers who rely on our consoles.

This year we were pleased to welcome new clients, particularly in the field of classical music and video game sound recording. Constantly in search of excellence, these video game companies have enabled us to discover new methods and techniques to record novel sounds.

Taking into account the developments and events of 2018, we look forward to a new year and promising year for SONOSAX, with new products and options which we are happy to announce:

  • SX-R4+
    The 4-channel on one connector option is now available in Ambeo Sennheiser and Schoeps format
  • ADN-2A
    Probably the most compact speaker on the market today, with a 40-22kHz (-6db) frequency response, which is now available in 12-24 VDC version, making it the ideal choice for perfect integration in OB vans/campers of mobile studios or even in boats
  • Dante option card
    Currently in development; as previously informed, we are unable to forecast delivery dates as we are still improving the aspects of consumption and portability
  • SX-M2D2
    Impatiently awaited, this new compact pre-amplifier is now in the final stages of development. Delivery date and price will be announced in early 2019
  • SX-LC8+ (control surface for the SX-R4 and the SX-AD8+)
    After consideration of and hesitation on several possibilities, we finally opted for a minimalist, light and optimal solution. Thanks to the innovative ideas of our engineers, it will now be possible to couple 2 control surfaces. The latence of the system is approximately 20ms, latence that is inaudible and exempt of zipper noise. Delivery date and price will be announced in early 2019.

With much satisfaction and gratitude we shall close the exciting and prosperous year that 2018 has been for SONOSAX. I wish all of your a very happy holiday season and extend my very best wishes for 2019, a new year which we shall write together.

Jacques Sax


Message du Président

L’année 2018 a été très chargée pour toute l’équipe SONOSAX et je profite de cette fin d’année pour la remercier chaleureusement du travail remarquable qu’elle a accompli. Mes pensées vont aussi vers nos fidèles clients qui, par leurs conseils et remarques, nous aident à évoluer sans cesse.

Cette année aura été marquée par plusieurs nouveaux développements, des mises au point, des affinages de produits existants et également, fait remarquable qui témoigne bien de la qualité de nos appareils et de la fidélité de nos clients, par de nombreuses révisions d’appareils SONOSAX parfois âgés de plus de 20 ans.

Malgré une demande plus faible, nous nous réjouissons toujours de constater que nos tables de mixages analogique/numérique des séries SX-ST et SX-ES continuent leur chemin au sein de la majorité des grandes productions privées. Nos remerciements et félicitations vont à tous les ingénieurs du son qui utilisent ces appareils.

Cette année, nous avons aussi pu compter sur l’arrivée de nouveaux clients, notamment dans la prise de son de musique classique et de jeux vidéo. Toujours à la recherche de l’excellence, ces compagnies produisant des jeux vidéo nous ont permis de découvrir de nouvelles manières d’enregistrer des sons.

C’est compte tenu de tous ces événements que la nouvelle année s’annonce excellente pour SONOSAX, avec la sortie de nouvelles options et nouveautés au sujet desquelles vous trouverez ci-dessous quelques précisions:

  • SX-R4+
    L’option 4 canaux sur un connecteur est désormais disponible au format Ambeo Sennheiser et Schoeps
  • ADN-2A
    Probablement l’enceinte la plus compacte du marché permettant de descendre à 40Hz (-6dB) et qui existe désormais en version 12-24 VDC, soit l’idéal pour une intégration parfaite dans des OB vans/campers, des studios très mobiles ou encore dans des bateaux
  • Carte option Dante
    Nous y travaillons mais comme nous l’avions exprimé antérieurement, nous ne pouvons pas encore donner de délais, ceci étant dû à la consommation et à l’encombrement
  • SX-M2D2
    Très attendu, ce nouveau pré-amplificateur compact arrive en fin de développement. Une date exacte de livraison ainsi qu’un prix seront communiqués au début de l’année
  • SX-LC8+ (surface de contrôle pour le SX-R4 et le SX-AD8+)
    Après de nombreuses hésitations, nous avons finalement opté pour une solution minimaliste, légère et optimisée. Il sera possible de coupler deux surfaces de contrôle grâce aux bonnes idées de nos ingénieurs. La latence du système est d’environ 20ms, soit une latence tout à fait imperceptible et exempte de zipper noise. Une date exacte de livraison ainsi qu’un prix seront communiqués au début de l’année

C’est donc avec beaucoup de satisfaction que va se clore cette belle et fructueuse année 2018 pour SONOSAX. Je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous de joyeuses fêtes et vous adresse mes meilleurs vœux pour cette nouvelle année 2019 que nous écrirons ensemble.

Jacques Sax

SONONEWS September 2018

SX-M2D2 Product Announcement

The SX-M2D2 is a lightweight 2 channels high resolution dual-domain microphones preamplifier with integrated USB audio Class 2. Compact, low power, battery powered, the SX-M2D2 embeds similar high performance dual A/D converters than the SX-R4+. This product is the ideal companion for various mobile environments. Its ergonomic has been carefully designed for convenience and easy of operation.

Inputs / Outputs

  • 2x mic/line inputs on TA3, electronically balanced, with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
  • 1x AES3/AES42 on TA3, transformer balanced input with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
  • 1x line output on TA3, 2 channels analog unbalanced
  • 1x AES3 output on TA3, 2 channels transformer balanced with ASRC (48/96/192k)
  • 1x USB audio 2 channels input/output on micro USB type B connector
  • independent line/headphones stereo output on mini-jack

Performance

  • 135 dB (A-weighted) overall dynamic range
  • THD < 0.001%
  • 90 kHz overall frequency response @192kHz
  • 24-bit 48/96/192kHz

Powering

  • external DC 9-18V on Hirose 4-pin
  • external DC 5V on micro USB
  • removable lithium-ion battery, charged with external DC input
  • intelligent energy management

User interface

  • 128×64 monochrome OLED display
  • two rotary encoder for gain control
  • intuitive menu navigation

Mechanical

  • Machined aluminum housing
  • overall dimension: 74 x 28 x 130 mm (2.9’’ x 1.1’’ x 5.1’’)
  • weight 300g (0.44lbs) with battery
  • mounting holes on both sides
  • optional mounting bracket for still camera

Note: preliminary specifications, subject to change without notice


SONOSAX at the IBC show

The next IBC show will take place in Amsterdam, September 14th to 18th. SONOSAX will be there are co-exhibitor on stand E96, Hall 8 with Merging Technologies and PSI Audio. Most of the SONOSAX product range will be presented.

You are more than welcome to visit us!

 


Meet Ed Novick


We had the pleasure to welcome Ed Novick here at our SONOSAX company in Switzerland the other day.

Ed lives in Los Angeles, and has been doing motion picture sound for 37 years. He has been nominated 13 times for his work, and has won 6 awards including an Oscar and a BAFTA.

Ed has been a loyal customer for nearly as long as we’ve been in business, and may, in fact, be our longest continuous customer.

Read the full article


SX-R4+ firmware 3.4 released

The lasted firmware introduces a new functionality when operating with the SX-RC8+: all AES input gains can be controlled with the SX-RC8+.In addition, the input menu solo mode has been enhanced: you can solo each channel separately using the rotary encoder push button. There are also some bug fixes, check out the full changelog on the SX-R4+ product page (firmware tab).


Upcoming products

We are aware you are waiting two products:

  • A Dante option board for both SX-R4+ and SX-AD8+
  • A control surface for the SX-R4+

Both products are still under development and will be announced once available. Thanks for your patience!

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Meet Ed Novick

Ed Novick and the SX-ST8D


We had the pleasure to welcome Ed Novick here at our SONOSAX company in Switzerland the other day. He was in Europe for the shooting of Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” with Will Smith.

He made a detour to Switzerland to come and see us and review his console: SX-ST12D.

Ed lives in Los Angeles, and has been doing motion picture sound for 37 years. He has been nominated 13 times for his work, and has won 6 awards including an Oscar and a BAFTA. Let’s have a quick look at his career…

Ed has worked on more than 70 films, including Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan” (1998), David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” (2001), Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “Inception”, for which he won both a BAFTA and an Academy award. Other credits include Bennet Miller’s “Moneyball”, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent 7”, and the upcoming “Cheney”, directed by Adam McKay.


Ed has been a loyal customer for nearly as long as we’ve been in business, and may, in fact, be our longest continuous customer. He started his career in 1982, using a SELA mixer (a mono mixer w/ 4 microphone inputs) and a mono Nagra 4.2 recorder.

He met Jaques Sax, the founder of SONOSAX, at the AES convention in New York City in 1983, where Jaques was exhibiting the SX-S mixer. Convinced of the integrity and quality, Ed ordered a mixer the following year. He has been working with SONOSAX mixers ever since. 

After making many films with 2 different SX-S8 mixers, Ed bought a new console in 2008: the SX-ST8D with the integrated 8-channel digital recorder. Ed uses the recorder as an 8-channel back-up.

Ed agrees that the mixer provides the flexibility to accommodate the different needs of different shows. However, more recently, he found he needed more inputs for many shows, and in 2017 purchased an SX-ST12D, which better suited his needs (11 inputs, 8 digital outputs, 4 AUX sends, 2 PL communication lines, and (again) an integrated 8-channel digital recorder.

Working with our engineers and developers, Ed was able to customize the PL section of his mixer to accommodate his unique communications setup, as well as allowing for remote stop/roll of the integrated SONOSAX recorder. 

After 33 years working with SONSAX mixers, Ed is still convinced of the expert quality and craftsmanship of our products (his old SX-S is still working!) He told us the only thing he would like to see evolve is… more input channels to the mixer.

Selected extracts:

“If you want a bulletproof 12v mixer, with a lot of inputs and outputs, call SONOSAX!!! »
“My Modus Operandi: Make it sound like what it looks like”


On the left, Ed Novick, on the right, Théo Viroton (Sonosax)

Rencontre avec Ed Novick

Ed Novick et la SX-ST8D


Nous avons eu le plaisir d’accueillir Ed Novick dans nos locaux le mois dernier. Il était de passage en Europe pour le dernier film sur lequel il a fait la prise de son: « Gemini Man » de Ang Lee avec Will Smith. Il a fait un détour par la Suisse pour venir nous voir et effectuer une révision de sa console: une SX-ST 12D.

Ed Novick est ingénieur du son à Hollywood depuis 37 ans. Il a été nommé 13 fois et a gagné 6 Awards dont un Oscar. Revenons rapidement sur sa carrière.

Il a fait plus de 70 films dont « A Simple Plan » de S.Raimi (1998), « Mulholland Dr. » de D.Lynch (2001), « The Dark Knight » et « The Dark Knight Rises » de C. Nolan, c’est avec « Inception » (2010) toujours avec C.Nolan qu’il gagne un Oscar et un BAFTA Film Award. Il travaille aussi sur « Moneyball » de B.Miller, et plus récemment « The Magnificent 7 » de A. Fuqua en 2016 et « Cheney » de A. McKay cette année.


Ed Novick est un fidèle client, un de nos plus anciens en réalité. Il commence en 1982 avec une console SELA pour NAGRA (un mixer mono avec 4 entrées micro) et un enregistreur mono NAGRA 4.2, avant de rencontrer Jacques SAX, le fondateur de SONOSAX, lors de la présentation de la SX-S à l’AES de New-York en 1983. Convaincu par cette dernière, il décide de passer commande l’année suivante et depuis il travaille toujours avec une de nos consoles.

Après avoir fait de nombreux films avec deux SX-S8 différentes, il s’offre en 2008 une nouvelle console, la SX-ST8D avec le recorder intégré 8 canaux (qu’il utilise en back-up), une console très polyvalente avec de nombreuses possibilités de routing. Cependant, les productions sur lesquelles il travaille lui demandent d’avoir de plus en plus d’entrées et de sorties, huit préamplificateurs micro ne lui suffisent plus.

En 2017, il fait l’acquisition d’une SX-ST12D qui convient parfaitement à ses besoins, avec onze préamplis micros, huit sorties numériques, quatre canaux auxiliaires, deux lignes de communications privées et toujours le recorder intégré.

Pour parfaire cet outil sur mesure, nos ingénieurs et développeurs ont modifiés la partie communication pour répondre parfaitement aux besoins de Ed, et intègrent une télécommande spécifique permettant à Ed Novick de déclencher l’enregistrement sur toutes les machines simultanément.

Il apprécie depuis le début la possibilité de faire du sur-mesure basé sur les échanges et la communication qu’il entretient avec l’équipe de développeurs de SONOSAX.

Il fait de nombreux films, tous différents, avec toujours de nouveaux besoins, et il trouve la flexibilité des consoles SONOSAX adaptée à tous les types de situations rencontrées.

Si pour lui la fiabilité et le côté indestructible de nos consoles n’est plus à prouver après 33 ans d’expérience (sa SX-S fonctionne toujours!), il n’hésite pas à nous confier que la seule évolution de nos consoles serait…d’avoir encore plus de canaux.

Extraits choisis :

« You want a bulletproof 12V mixer, with a lot of inputs and outputs ??? Call SONOSAX »
« My Modus Operandi: make sounds like what it look like »


A gauche, Ed Novick, à droite, Théo Viroton (Sonosax)

Meet Marc von Stürler

Marc is a Swiss sound recordist

Passionate by sounds since his childhood, he discovers the magic of sound recording at the age of 8 thanks to a Telefunken’s magnetic recorder. Few years later, the radio show «  Magnetic’s night », aired by France Culture, makes him perceive the world of sound and all the potentials offered by the editing.

Rapidly, he created sound edits for non-professional theatrical troupes later followed with internships at the Radio and TV in Geneva.

Meeting Luc Yersin in the 80’s was major mile stone for Marc as Luc brought him first on the sets then showed him post-production and sound editing for movies.

Luc also helped Marc integrating the DAVI (audiovisual department of the Lausanne Art School), the only school at that time giving technical education for Cinema in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

After succeeding at the DAVI, he moved to Berlin where he began working on documentaries. He started recording with hired equipments, then he acquired a Stellavox and his own microphones with which he enjoy recording ambiances and “wild” sounds. Step by Step, film by film, he mostly involved in feature films, shorts films and  TV series.

Back to Switzerland

When he returned to Switzerland in the early 2000’s, he discovered the SX-R4 and fell under its charm.

The extreme compactness and light weight of this recorder appeared to be an huge advantage for him and he bought one rapidly. Then the SX-M32 , perfect companion to the SX-R4 came to complete Marc’s setup, giving him an extra light and very compact recording set: « very small but very powerful setup ! » said Marc.

Often his atypical setup astonished the production teams, but it always gave full satisfaction thanks to the remarkable quality of sounds Marc was recording.


The transition to SX-R4+

During the development of the SX-R4+, Marc and other Swiss sound mixer’s advises and feedbacks were taken into account by the SONOSAX development team to improve the new recorder. One of the most important aspect for Marc was to improve the ergonomic of the recorder (at that time he didn’t believe yet in using a touchscreen) and to ease seizing metadata. Thus he generously spent a substantial amount of time with our development team. Marc logically became one of the SX-R4+ beta testers. His valuable feedback from the field allowed us not only to improve the firmware, but also to evolve it to meet the users expectations.

His setup rapidly evolved with the acquisition of the SX-RC8+, the SX-R4+ extension with its 8 dedicated faders, 4 AES inputs splitter and the ability to power 4 HF wireless devices.

Small setup

Marc’s setup is based on a SX-SR4+, coupled to a SX-RC8+, both in a Ktek Stingray bag.

An MS boom and a wireless boom with a Lectrosonic receiver UCR420 and two double receivers Lectrosonics SRb and SRc (AES relinked) with SSM transmitters chosen for their small size take the sounds and transit it to the recorder. Two Sennheiser G3 transmitters send then the out signal to the camera and the direction team. All this, powered by the recorder through a big RRC 2054-2 (99Wh) battery, allows him to work a full day.

The entire equipment weighing « only » 6 kg (13,2 lbs)

 

For him, the SX-RC8+ is very useful, enabling a much more precise Mix-Down, it is an “all in one” with three functions:

    • ability to enter eight AES channels
    • ability to freely assign the eight faders to any AES channels
    • Distribute 4 DC OUT on Hirose 4p, which avoids a Distro

Today he would no longer consider doing without it.

 

Selected excerpt

“The ease of use of the SX-R4+, thanks to its touch screen that I couldn’t do without today, allows me to be very efficient on the set, the SX-RC8+ is a little magic box that saves me a lot of space, simplify my setup and perfectly complements the recorder. Its 4 AES splitter and its integrated power distribution offer real advantages”.

“The reliability of the machine never fails me and allows me to be always very reactive to the complex situations on set”.

“The eight rotating pots fall perfectly under the hand and the high quality of the pre-amps with the huge dynamics range of the SX-R4+ allows me to concentrate on the capturing the sound rather than on the recording levels”.

“The ability to adjust the ballistic range of VU meters is very useful for me, I lowered the threshold of the red zone to -12dB to avoid overloading the tape,” he says.

“Moreover the many possibilities of customization of the user interface make the recorder very easy and intuitive to use, I change configurations in a few seconds”.

“Etienne Curchod, who often does the sound editing and the mixing of the movies I’m recording, always tells me that it’s a pleasure to work with sound material of this quality”.


For the Future

For Marc, a control surface would be a great evolution, basically an RC8+ but with linear faders, a more stationary configuration such as used on the set for feature films, however not too bulky to keep the advantages of lightness and ultra mobility.

In a Peugeot 206 car trunk, on “La Vallée” by J.-S. Bron (2017)