[FR] Xavier Dreyfuss en tournage sur Gueule d’Ange de Vanessa Filho

SONOSAX SX62R ET SX-R4+

Par Xavier Dreyfuss, 2 mai 2018

Petit, mais costaud!

Pour le premier Long Métrage « Gueule d’Ange » de la Réalisatrice Vanessa Filho, avec Marion Cotillard et Alban Lenoir, tourné cet Automne dans la région de Marseille, j’ai choisi pour la prise de son de travailler sur le plateau du tournage avec un SONOSAX SX-R4+.

Affectionnant depuis plusieurs années le SX62R pour la qualité de ses préamplificateurs (je l’utilise en tournage documentaires et en fiction depuis 2011), le choix du SX-R4+ plus récent et plus puissant fut un prolongement évident dans l’évolution et la pratique de mon travail.

Gueule d’Ange
UN CERTAIN REGARD
CANNES 2018

Sortie le 23 mai 2018 (en France)

Film de Vanessa Filho
Produit par Carole Lambert et Marc Missonnier
Avec Marion Cotillard, Alban Lenoir, Ayline Aksoy-Etaix

Prise de Son Xavier Dreyfuss
Percheman Guillaume Hurmic

Matériel

  • SX-R4+ et SX62R Sonosax
  • Cmit 5U/ M160 / MKH40
  • HF Zaxcom QRX100 /TRX900LA
  • HF Lectrosonics SSM / SRC

Xavier Dreyfuss travaille depuis plus de 20 ans en prise de son et en mixage. Il a collaboré à de nombreux documentaires ainsi que de nombreux longs métrages d’auteurs.
Lors de ses débuts, il a beaucoup travaillé et s’est forgé l’oreille sur la Sonosax SX-PR, découverte pendant un court métrage sur lequel il était assistant. Il n’a depuis jamais quitté la marque tout en suivant et accompagnant son évolution.

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Le choix

Afin de profiter du nouvel enregistreur SX-R4+, de ses 16 pistes, son interface et ses nouvelles fonctions tout en augmentant le nombre de ses entrées, nous avons, avec Michel Pierre de Areitec, décidé de raccorder les 2 machines avec une liaison numérique. Pour ce faire, nous avons équipé le SX62R d’une carte de sorties numériques, connectée au 3M MDR 26-pin du SX-R4+.

Liaison numérique

Grâce à cette liaison totalement transparente entre les 2 machines, je bénéficie actuellement de 10 préamplificateurs de même couleur sonore en entrée du SX-R4+.
Je conserve de plus 2 entrées lignes analogiques sur le SX62R et 2 entrées lignes analogiques sur le SX-R4+ et une entrée AES supplémentaire.
Enfin cette configuration ne modifie en rien le nombre de sorties des machines: 10 canaux analogiques, dont 4 commutables en AES.

La sécurité

Avec cette configuration et grâce au routing interne du SX-R4+, j’ai pu utiliser durant le tournage 2 entrées perches, 6 entrées HF, un couple d’ambiance MS et 2 entrées supplémentaires pour des micros d’appoint. Enfin toutes ces sources ont été pré-mixées en interne pour réaliser un mixdown sur 2 pistes. J’ai donc utilisé 14 pistes sur les 16 disponibles.

La possibilité de basculer très facilement les entrées analogiques vers de l’AES m’a permis d’utiliser régulièrement un SuperCMIT sans modifier ma config de base.

Enfin, pour optimiser la sécurité des prises lors du tournage, le mixdown était réinjecté dans l’entrée ligne du SX62R via la sortie ligne du SX-R4+ et enregistré sur 2 pistes. Les 2 machines étaient synchronisées avec le même TC. Mon recorder de secours étant ainsi de la même qualité que mon recorder principal!

Le routing

La grille de routing de la machine très intuitive m’a permis de basculer mes sources facilement vers les entrées du SX62R qui bénéficient d’un coupe bas rotatif et de limiteurs supplémentaires. Enfin la possibilité d’ajout de délais sur toutes les entrées du SX-R4+ m’a permis d’aligner parfaitement les sources HF numérique (8 ms de délais) et filaires provenant des 2 machines. La plage de dynamique des entrées analogiques est telle qu’il est quasi impossible de les saturer lors des moments difficiles de prises de son. La compacité des 2 machines m’a permis de les unir dans une même sacoche afin de toujours conserver ma configuration même en porté.

Conclusion

Le choix et l’utilisation de ce système peu orthodoxe a été payant en terme d’ergonomie, de fiabilité et surtout de qualité sonore. La patine et le velouté du son, l’accord parfait avec les Schoeps ainsi qu’avec le M160 de Beyerdynamic ont permis de faire une prise de son à la fois douce et précise, en accord parfait avec l’idée du film.

J’attends aujourd’hui avec impatience la sortie de la surface de contrôle Sonosax afin de pouvoir finaliser cette configuration en version roulante.

 

[EN] Xavier Dreyfuss on “Gueule d’Ange” from Vanessa Filho

SONOSAX SX62R AND SX-R4+

Xavier Dreyfuss, May 2nd 2018

Small but strong!

I chose the SONOSAX SX-R4+ for the sound recording on the film “Gueule d’Ange”, first feature film of Vanessa Filho, with Marion Cotillard and Alban Lenoir, which was shot in Marseille, France, this autumn.

Being a SX62R’s enthusiast user for several years for the quality of its preamplifiers (I use it in documentary and fiction shootings since 2011), the choice of the more recent and more powerful SX-R4+ was an natural evolution of my way of working.

Gueule d’Ange
UN CERTAIN REGARD
CANNES 2018

Available 12th of May 2018 (Cannes Festival), 23th of May 2018 (France)

Written by Vanessa Filho
Produced by Carole Lambert et Marc Missonnier
With Marion Cotillard, Alban Lenoir, Ayline Aksoy-Etaix

Sound recording Xavier Dreyfuss
Boom operator Guillaume Hurmic

Audio Equipment

  • SONOSAX SX-R4+ and SX62R
  • CMIT 5U/ M160 / MKH40
  • HF Zaxcom QRX100 /TRX900LA
  • HF Lectrosonics SSM / SRC

Xavier Dreyfuss has been working in sound recording and mixing for over 20 years. He has collaborated on numerous documentaries as well as many independant feature films.

During his early days, he worked a lot and forget his sharp ear. He discovered the SONOSAX SX-PR while shooting a short film as an assistant. Since then, he has never left the SONOSAX brand by following and accompanying its evolution.

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The choice

In order to take advantage of the new SONOSAX SX-R4+ 16 tracks recorder, its interface and its new functions while increasing the number of its inputs, we decided, with Michel Pierre from Areitec, to connect the 2 machines with a digital link. We have equipped the SX62R with a digital output option card, connected to the SX-R4+ 3M MDR 26-pin digital inputs connector.

Digital link

Thanks to this completely transparent link between the 2 machines, I benefit from 10 preamplifier inputs with the same sound color on SX-R4+ recorder. I also keep 2 analog line inputs on SX-R4+ and an additional AES input. This configuration does not change the number of outputs of both machines: 10 analog channels, 4 of them are AES switchable.

Security

With this configuration and thanks to the internal routing of the SX-R4+, I was able to record 2 boom poles, 6 HF inputs, a MS couple and 2 additional inputs for extra microphones. All these sources have been pre-mixed internally to set up a mixdown on 2 tracks. That’s a total of 14 channels (from 16 available).

The easy switch from analog inputs to AES allowed me to use a SuperCMIT without changing my basic configuration.

The mixdown was fed back into the line input of the SX62R via the line output of the SX-R4+ and recorded on 2 tracks to maximize safety. Both machines were synchronized with the same TC. My emergency recorder was then the same quality as my main recorder!

Routing

The very intuitive routing grid allowed me to switch easily my sources to the SX62R’s inputs, which benefit from a rotary low frequency cut and additional limiters. The possibility of adding delays on all inputs of the SX-R4+ allows a perfect alignment of the digital HF (8 ms delay) with wired mics. The dynamic range of the analog inputs is so high that it is almost impossible to saturate them during difficult moments of sound recording. The compactness of the 2 machines allowed me to pack them in the same bag in order to always keep my full setup even in field recording.

Conclusion

The choice and use of that unconventional setup really paid off in terms of ergonomics, reliability and above all sound quality. A perfect match with Schoeps and Beyerdynamic M160 microphones achieve a clean and precise soft sound, in perfect harmony with the idea of the film.

I look forward to the launch of the SX-R4+ mixing control surface to finalize that setup in a cart version.

 

It’s time to say goodbye

Dear All,

Sometime life is calling for a change, and after almost 15 enjoyable years with SONOSAX I have decided to give my life and my career a different orientation.

During all these years I have been blessed to meet so many of you at so many different places, and for being in touch with so many different personalities over the world by e-mail or over phone. I have really appreciated that with all of you, Sonosax users, distributors, dealers, suppliers, partners and even some competitors, our relationship went well beyond the usual “business relation” and that we have been sharing not only mutual confidence and respect but also friendships. It has been a very rewarding human experience for me and it certainly helped making the person I am today.

I would like to thank Jacques Sax who gave me the opportunity to join SONOSAX in early 2004 and for the trust and confidence he placed in me all over these years. I must say that I feel a true proud ness having been part of almost 40% of SONOSAX history. It has been sometime very challenging but also very rewarding to be part of a leading company not only developing and manufacturing outstanding products but also bringing ideas and innovation in this market.

Last but really not least I would like to thank and raise a huge thumb up to all my today or former colleagues without whom nothing would have been possible. Thanks to their incredible skills and professionalism we have been able to constantly move forward together hand in hand, not only with a lot of respect and collegiality but also with true friendship. No doubt they will continue to perform a fantastic job with the same aim we all share at Sonosax: client’s satisfaction.

So it is time to say goodbye. I am wishing you plenty of success and enjoyments in your professional activities and a lot of happiness and serenity in your life.

For those who wish to stay in touch you can contact me at: pierremblanc@gmail.com

Warmest regards

Pierre Blanc

 


Dear clients, partners and friends,

We have had the pleasure of having Pierre Blanc as our technical sales and customer support at SONOSAX for many years. It is time for him to say good bye to us now and we can only regret it.

Pierre has been loved by our SONOSAX users and he had become “the face” of SONOSAX over the years. We appreciated his enthusiasm and compassionate spirit, indeed. He will leave us all with great memories.

We thank him warmly for his precious collaboration and wish him all the best for the future.

His departure leads us to make some changes in terms of our network of resellers and representatives, as well as our commercial strategy.

You will be kept informed and in the meantime, you can send any request to the manager-Jacques Sax directly: j_sax@vtx.ch

With our most cordial greetings,

Jacques Sax and the entire SONOSAX SAS SA team

Chers clients, partenaires et amis,

Nous avons eu le plaisir d’avoir chez SONOSAX Pierre Blanc, en tant que technico-commercial et support clients, pendant de nombreuses années. Il nous quitte maintenant et nous ne pouvons que le regretter.

Pierre était devenu un peu “la tête visible” de SONOSAX et nous avons apprécié son esprit enthousiaste et sympathique ! il nous laissera à tous d’excellents souvenirs.

Nous le remercions chaleureusement pour sa précieuse collaboration et lui souhaitons le meilleur pour la suite.

Son départ nous amène à opérer quelques changements, au niveau de notre réseau de revendeurs et représentants ainsi qu’à celui de notre stratégie commerciale.

Vous en serez tenus informés et, dans l’intervalle, vous pouvez adresser toute demande à M. Jacques Sax directement.

Avec nos très cordiales salutations,

Jacques Sax et toute l’équipe SONOSAX SAS SA

 

 

 

 

SONOSAX SX-R4+ nominated to the forthcoming 54th CAS Outstanding Product Award

The SONOSAX SX-R4+ is nominated to the forthcoming 54th CAS Outstanding Product Award.

Each year the CAS Awards – Cinema Audio Society – recognizes not only Outstanding Sound Mixing in film and television but also Outstanding Products that have become very useful in the workplace and are established as essential tools for the mixing communities.

At SONOSAX we are very honored and proud that our SONOSAX SX-R4+ recorder has been nominated in the category “Production” and will be part of the final round for the Award with four other nominees by February 24.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the motion and television industry. One of the noticeable objectives of the CAS is “to advance the art of auditory appreciation and to philanthropically support those causes dedicated to the sense of hearing”, a statement that really touches us at SONOSAX as our constant efforts to improve audio quality of our products are also dedicated to the sense of hearing.

More about the CAS at: http://cinemaaudiosociety.org/position-statement/

SONONEWS December 2017

Swedish video game developer EA DICE adopts the new SONOSAX SX-R4+ recorder as the cornerstone of their game audio recording and development

 

An interview with DICE’s Senior Audio Director Ben Minto

 

 

Originally founded by four friends, DICE (formerly Digital Illusions) released their first title, Pinball Dreams for the Amiga, back in 1992.
25 years later, with more than 300 employees based in Stockholm, and as one of around 20 EA (Electronic Arts) teams across the world, DICE is a thriving and ground breaking studio, at the cutting edge of game development, spearheaded by their immensely successful Battlefield franchise and the Star Wars Battlefront series, which has just seen the release of Star Wars Battlefront II.

British born Ben Minto has worked for more than 20 years as a video game sound designer. He moved to Stockholm 10 years ago to join the audio team at DICE. “Audio performs a vital role in our games, by containing encoded information that allows our players to play better”, says Ben, “We do our utmost to always push for excellence in the audio that we develop, which is something that the DICE audio department is known for.”

One can read on DICE’s website; “All of us here at DICE share the passion to create extraordinary things”, and this mantra also drives the team of passionate and enthusiastic sound designers that Ben works with. “Creating sound for video games allows us plenty of room for creativity, and it often requires imaginative, and sometimes non traditional techniques to get the sounds that we want and need.”

“Over the years we have worked with, and still use many different types and kinds of recorders, each with their own personalities and takes on a sonic ‘reality’; in the past we did some tests with the (discontinued) SONOSAX SX-R4 recorder, which tickled our ears, as it sounded so realistic and more natural than many of the other recorders that we had tried. Now we are using the new SONOSAX SX-R4+ which goes even further and we have been more than impressed by its sonic performance; the SX-R4+ offers us that extra audio quality and edge that we are always looking and striving for.”

From left to right: Andreas Almström, Phillip Eriksson and Ben Minto

“We regularly undertake smaller so called guerilla recording sessions, as well as a few larger multi recordists sessions each year. Many of these larger sessions are very unique and expensive to set up, so we need to get them right, and can range from recording vintage tanks to large multi day, multi location firearm sessions. We always aim to record sounds differently on each track (different microphones, different distances, different gain settings etc.), so as to give us a diverse range of material to work with once we are back in the studio. There is a huge dynamic range between the loudest explosions and jets that we record and the quietest delicate ambiences and Foley that we also need for our titles; this is matched by the huge 135dB range of the extremely quiet microphone pre-amplifiers of the SONOSAX SX-R4+ and offer us a real advantage in the field. The preamps can accept very high input levels (+21dBu for 0dBFS) without overloading, which is perfect for us!

We typically deliver video game assets in 24/48, and so we usually record at 24/96 and occasionally at 24/192 if we are using mics with an extended frequency range. For example recording the crackles of water damaged plywood as its bent and twisted at 192k and then playing that back at a lower sampling rate (without resampling) gives astonishing deep and threatening wood tearing sounds. (Note: the SX-R4+ has a flat analogue bandwidth of 96kHz prior to the A/D converter, which is essential for 192kHz recording).

Thank you Ben for this interview and for using SONOSAX products, we wish you and everyone at DICE a Merry Christmas and a very creative New Year.

 

SONONEWS November 2017

InterBEE 2017 / TOKYO – Japan / November 15 to Nov 17

SONOSAX products range will be presented by our Japanese distributor TECH TRUST JAPAN Co Ltd during the next InterBEE exhibition on stand nr 1105.

SONOSAX has officially joined the Sennheiser’s “AMBEO for VR “ partnership program with the SX-R4+ 16 tracks recorder during last IBC in Amsterdam.
Following this agreement, a new firmware version of the SX-R4+ his being developed; it includes a real time A to B format conversion enabling simultaneous recording of the A and B formats – or B Format only – of the Sennheiser’s AMBEO VR mic. Both AMBIX and FUMA modes are supported.

This new firmware has already been presented to the AES Convention in N.Y. last month and has raised great interest. No doubt it will be an eye catcher at the InterBEE too.

An optional dedicated 12 pin connector is also available, enabling the AMBEO VR mic to be plugged directly onto the SX-R4+, thus eliminating the traditional 12 pin to 4 XLR audio split cables.
This is a significant step to ease the life of VR content creators capturing 3D audio in the field.

The SONOSAX SX AD8+ with its optional AVB interface will also be presented at InterBEE. The AVB interface allows a direc connection to any Apple Mac having a Thunderbolt port AVB capable by means of a simple RJ45 Ethernet cable. It has also been successfully tested on MacBook, of the latest generations by using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

More info at:

SONOSAX 40 YEARS 1977 – 2017

 

Open house

Saturday October 7th 2017, 10h to 17h

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we have the great pleasure of inviting you, your family and your friends to an open house in Yverdon at the factory of our friends of PSI Audio who are also celebrating their 40th anniversary.

On this occasion you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with SONOSAX employees, to discover or rediscover some of the products we have manufactured during these 40 years as well as the range of our current products and some novelties:

  • Our legendary mixing consoles SONOSAX SX-ST and SX-ES
  • The new + serie’s: SX-R4+ recorder; SX-AD8+ preamplifier / converter; SX-RC8+ controller
  • An innovative solution to record directly on the MacBook with the SX-AD8 + and its AVB interface
  • The 2 ways active loudspeakers ADN-2A now with a 12 Volt version for OB Van, Camping car, caravan, boats…
  • A new preamplifier / converter SX-DD2 – under development- perfect companion for your HiFi system at home or in your home studio
  • A new 2 channels mic preamplifier / converter SX-M2D2 – under development – with AES I/O and USB interface

 

Shooting of Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick, 1986, sound engineer Edward Tise

Portes ouvertes

Samedi 7 octobre 2017, de 10h à 17h

Afin de célébrer nos 40 ans d’existence, nous avons le grand plaisir de vous inviter ainsi que vos proches et vos amis à une journée portes ouvertes qui aura lieu à Yverdon chez nos amis de PSI Audio qui fêtent également leur 40ème anniversaire.

A cette occasion vous aurez l’occasion de rencontrer et de vous entretenir avec les collaborateurs de SONOSAX, de découvrir ou redécouvrir une partie des produits que nous avons fabriqué au cours de ces 40 années ainsi que la gamme de nos produits actuels et quelques nouveautés:

  • Les célèbres tables de mixage SONOSAX SX-ST et SX-ES
  • La nouvelle gamme + : enregistreur SX-R4+; préamplificateur / convertisseur SX-AD8+; contrôleur SX-RC8+
  • Une solution innovante pour la prise de son directe sur MacBook avec le SX-AD8+ et son interface AVB
  • Les enceintes actives ADN-2A avec une version 12Volts pour OB Van, Camping car, caravane, bateau…
  • Le préamplificateur / convertisseur SX-DD2 – en cours de développement- compagnon idéal pour votre chaîne HiFi à la maison ou dans votre home studio
  • Le préampli micro / convertisseur miniature 2 canaux SX-M2D2 – en cours de développement – avec entrées/sorties AES et interface USB

 

SONONEWS AUGUST 2017

SX-AD8+ AVB option card is now available

SX-AD8+ AVB option cardThe new AVB option card for the SX-AD8+ microphones preamplifier allows a direct connection to any Mac equipped with the Thunderbolt port by means of a simple RJ45 Ethernet cable.

No proprietary software is required: once connected to a Mac, the SX-AD8+ is automatically integrated to Core Audio as a 8-channel audio source.

With 8 channels of superb microphones preamplifiers with an amazing 135dB of dynamic range, a SONOSAX SX-AD8+ connected directly to a Mac makes the ideal combination for music recording on location, home studios.

 


Mechanically connect your SX-RC8+ or SX-AD8+ to your SX-R4+

Connecting brackets have been developed to securely fix the SX-RC8+ fader extension or the SX-AD8+ preamplifier/converter to the SX-R4+ recorder.

Machined in stainless steel, then brushed for a smooth finish, the brackets are delivered per pair with all mating screws.


SD cards cover finally available for the SX-R4+

It is amazing how long it could take, sometime, getting little things to be done the way they have to be done. After bunches of unusable prototypes we are glad to announce that the long awaited SD card cover for the SX-R4+ is now available.

Want one? We send one item free of charge to any SX-R4+ owner, just send us an email (sonosax@sonosax.ch) with your SX-R4+ serial number and your full post mail address. Want more? Additional unit cost CHF 3.90, simply send us the correct amount using Paypal (use our email address sonosax@sonosax.ch) and notify it in your email.

 

 

 


IBC Amsterdam 2017

The next IBC Exhibition will take place in Amsterdam, September 14th to 19th. You are more than welcome to visit us on stand E96, Hall 8.