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


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


  • 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


  • 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!

SX-R4+ & SX-RC8+ bundle Special Deal


The most compact 16 tracks portable recorder with its dedicated faders extension module providing 8 AES channels and 4x Hirose 4P power distribution

  • 16 Tracks
  • 135dB Dynamic Range *
  • 1.42 kg / 3.13 lbs **

Coupling set included / Shipment included / Taxes and duties excluded

SPECIAL DEAL, offer valid within stock limits

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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)