SONONEWS OCTOBER 2020

On this special year, the SONOSAX team hope you are all in good health!

First of all, we invite you to follow the Audio Summit, the virtual worldwide audio show, the October 1th and 2th 2020.

You can register at: Sound Summit 2020

At this occasion, we will show:

– 2 videos of SONOSAX customers working in movies (Roman Dymny from Paris, and François Musy from Rolle, Switzerland)

– 1 video of one customer recording classical music with SONOSAX (Hudson Fair from Chicago)

– 1 video of a Philharmonic recording 100% analog, direct to disk! (Rainer Maillard from Emil Berliner Studios)

All videos, will be followed be a discussion via ZOOM.

NEW ACCESSORY for the SX-R4+ serie, the SX-RX8+

This new device, same size at the SX-R4+ include:

– 2 mini-Superslot for 2 receivers, so 4 HF channels with 2 receivers 2 channels, and 8 HF channels with 2 WISYCOM MCR54.

– 1 battery 96Wh, and the equivalent of the SX-RC8+. The total power of the SX-R4+ copled with the SX-RX8+ will be close to 150Wh, a full day of shotting.

The SONOSAX SX-AD8+ and the SX-R4+ are available now with DANTE card.

Bad news to conclude. Francis Reusser passed away on the night of April 9-10 this year.
He had made many films in Switzerland, and in 1986, he won the César for best French-speaking film for “Derborence”.
He was passionate about technique, be it sound or image. He came to see us from time to time, always to find better solutions for his work.
The entire SONOSAX team shares in the pain of his family and loved ones.

SONONEWS OCTOBRE 2020

En cette année spéciale, l’équipe SONOSAX espère que vous êtes tous en bonne santé!

Tout d’abord, nous vous invitons à suivre l’Audio Summit, le spectacle audio virtuel mondial, les 1er et 2 octobre 2020.

Vous pouvez vous inscrire à: Sound Summit 2020

A cette occasion, nous montrerons:

– 2 vidéos de clients SONOSAX travaillant dans le film (Roman Dymny de Paris et François Musy de Rolle, Suisse)

– 1 vidéo d’un client enregistrant de la musique classique avec SONOSAX (Hudson Fair de Chicago)

– 1 vidéo d’un enregistrement philharmonique 100% analogique, direct sur disque (Rainer Maillard du studio Emil Berliner)

Toutes les vidéos seront suivies d’une discussion via ZOOM.

NOUVEL ACCESSOIRE pour la série SX-R4 +, le SX-RX8 +

Ce nouvel appareil, de même taille que le SX-R4 + comprend:

– 2 mini-Superslot pour 2 récepteurs, donc 4 canaux avec 2 récepteurs 2 canaux, et 8 canaux avec 2 WISYCOM MCR54.

– 1 batterie 96Wh, et l’équivalent du SX-RC8 +. La puissance totale du SX-R4 + couplé au SX-RX8 + sera proche de 150Wh, une journée complète de tournage.

Le SONOSAX SX-AD8 + et le SX-R4 + sont désormais disponibles avec la carte DANTE.

Une mauvaise nouvelle pour conclure. Francis Reusser nous a quitté dans la nuit du 9 au 10 avril de cette année.
Il avait réalisé de nombreux film en Suisse, et en 1986, il avait remporté le César du meilleur film francophone pour ” Derborence”.
Il était passionné de technique, que ce soit son ou image. Il venait nous trouver de temps en temps, toujours pour trouver de meilleures solution pour son travail.
Toute l’équipe de SONOSAX s’associe à la douleur de sa famille et de ses proches.

SONONEWS MARCH 2020

Good news to start this March Sononews: A loyal user of Sonosax products, Stuart Wilson, has won the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing for his outstanding work on Sam Mendes’ “1917”. Congratulations on this well-deserved award. Stuart mixed on his 2008 Sonosax SX-ST-12. In this article, he discusses the difficulties of this particular shoot:

The film is all about movement—a journey. It’s given us an unusual challenge because the actors travel so far in a single continuous shot. They could be moving over half a mile, talking all the way. In deep trenches or in and out of buildings. The camera sees 360 degrees, while moving around the actors, so equipment and crew have to be hidden away.  I set about working out technically how to achieve Sam’s vision in terms of capturing the sound, the voices, the actors’ performance, without getting in the way of the process.” 

The full (and exciting) article can be read here

SX-R4+ Second Generation
The SX-R4+ recorders delivered from now on are slightly different from the devices produced since 2015.

The changes are mainly mechanical: the opening of the battery compartment has been slightly enlarged to facilitate the insertion of some RRC 2054 batteries, the wifi module is now integrated in the housing and the internal shielding has been improved.

Moreover, the monitoring DAC that drives the headphone amplifier has been changed to a balanced model, offering a better common mode rejection and therefore less sensitive to induced noise.The firmware and functions of the recorder remain unchanged.

Dante “on the go”
The SX-AD8+ preamplifier-converter can now be fitted with an optional Dante interface card. .

The 8 channels are available on a Dante network or even in point-to-point mode with a laptop equipped with an Ethernet port and a “Dante Virtual Soundcard”

This makes for a very high quality, portable and reasonably priced multi-track system. Many configurations are possible with several SX-AD8+ and an Ethernet switch: up to 64 channels can be recorded at 48 kHz, 32-96 kHz and 8-192 kHz. As our SX-AD8+ can be powered with PoE via the network cable, it can be placed on stage as a remote box for example.Our engineers are actively working on the software development for the integration of the Dante card into the SX-R4+ recorder. The part is proving more difficult than expected but we will propose a reliable and stable solution as soon as possible.

Good Resolution
The SX-M2D2 USB sound card converter preamplifier has received a very positive review in the excellent English magazine Resolution.

The author, Simon Clark, liked the multiple possibilities offered by this “Swiss Army knife of sound”. In his conclusion, he explains that he connected his favourite Neumann to the device and recorded the sequence on his mobile phone. “Result: the sound quality expected of a well-respected high-end manufacturer stored on a ubiquitous piece of consumer electronics… what’s not to like?”

We, at least, we liked the article. Thank you Resolution!

In the field with…
At Sonosax, we always enjoy it when a user shares their working experiences with us.

Today we welcome Romain de Gueltzl, sound director who has just finished shooting “Animal” by Cyril Dion ( director with Mélanie Laurent of “Tomorrow”, César 2016 for best documentary). Romain was just a few weeks ago in the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. On February 2nd, the day when a bug suddenly prevented the SX-R4+ recorders from turning off, he was in the middle of work: “I had this bug with the SX-R4+ that wouldn’t turn off and so on… it was so weird. I’ve been running the machine for a while in all conditions and I didn’t understand what was wrong with it at the time!”

In this isolated peninsula of over 400 square kilometers, protected from deforestation since 1975, downloading a new firmware version might be difficult:

“Luckily, I was able to find a bit of network where I was to do the upgrade. So a big thank you to your team for their reactivity because I was able to solve the problem very quickly and without having nightmares.”

Despite this minor scare, Romain de Gueltzl remains confident in his Sonosax equipment:

“I love working with the SX-R4+ and the SX-RC8+. I’m currently using it with 4 dual HF receivers in AES link and an “Albert” microphone set on boom via the analog preamplifiers… it sounds great! The autonomy, compactness and ergonomics allow me to tackle demanding shooting days with serenity!”

That goes straight to the heart! Any suggestions for improvement?

“I would love for you, Sonosax, to one day develop your own metadata editing application, like “Wave Agent” from Sound Devices or “Majax” from Aaton. I would also love to be able to assign the level of a line output to a pot on the SX-RC8+ or even the SX-LC8+. It’s something that’s missing in fiction, to control the level of the playbacks during takes.”

We’ll take note of that, Romain, thanks for those suggestions!

“Thank you again for your work and it’s a real pleasure to spend my days using your tools!”

… if you too have anecdotes to share, suggestions or compliments to make, don’t hesitate: like Romain de Gueltzl, tell us all about it at sonosax@sonosax.ch

SONONEWS September 2019

The days are getting shorter, the forests more colourful, no doubt about it: autumn is coming back and with it the transhumance of the people of image and sound to Amsterdam for the big mass at the IBC. Sonosax will of course be there with a full basket of surprises and novelties.

The Dante option: announced, postponed, long awaited, it arrives this time for good. Our card now operates according to the criteria we had defined, particularly in terms of consumption. Powered by PoE, it is the least energy consuming on the market and will therefore not shorten the autonomy of your batteries too much. You will be able to connect the multi-channel interface to your SX-AD8+ before the end of the year. The SX-R4+ will have to wait until early 2020 to click its RJ45.

As soon as the first images of the prototype were published, the SX-M2D2 aroused interest and desire. Pre-amp, USB sound card, mixer, headphone amp and AD/DA converter all in one, the little gifted one now works perfectly. Barely larger than a pack of cigarettes, it will fit in any pocket or bag. Coupled with a smartphone or DSLR, it will offer additional analog channels, AES 3 or AES 42, a switching grid, mixing functions and many other possibilities that make it the Swiss Army knife (of course) of pro audio.

On a completely different note, the SX-DD2 is a universal, mains powered, studio-quality preamplifier. Capable of processing virtually any audio signal, digital or analog, even the output of a turntable, this device will find its place in mastering studios, editing booths, duplication and archiving centers, in other words anywhere where a wide variety of sources must be listened to and controlled. Coupled with a pair of Sonosax SX-ADN2 speakers, the SX-DD2 is certainly a highly flexible and effective monitoring solution. It even whispers that some sound engineers have adopted it as a high-end preamp for their private listening at home in the evening.

IBC: a great offer!
To celebrate fall and IBC, Sonosax is offering a 15% discount on any SX-M2D2 (available for CHF 1190.00) or SX-DD2 (CHF 2990.00) order placed before September 30, 2019. It’s worth it!

New kid on the block
Sonosax is pleased to welcome a new recruit: Fabrice Junod joined the team on September 1 as marketing manager. Fabrice has a long experience in the field of pro audio and will be committed to developing our brand to meet the challenges of the future while remaining true to what has been Sonosax’s DNA for over 40 years: creating extraordinary instruments to enable exceptional users to capture incredible sounds. Welcome to him, he looks forward to welcoming you to our IBC booth!

SONONEWS Septembre 2019

Les journées deviennent plus courtes, les forêts plus colorées, aucun doute : l’automne revient et avec lui la transhumance des gens de l’image et du son vers Amsterdam pour la grand’messe de l’IBC. Sonosax sera bien sûr de la partie avec une pleine corbeille de surprises et de nouveautés. 

L’option Dante : annoncée, reportée, tant attendue, elle arrive cette fois pour de bon. Notre carte fonctionne maintenant selon les critères que nous avions définis, en particulier en matière de consommation. Alimentée par PoE, elle est la moins gourmande du marché et ne raccourcira donc pas trop l’autonomie de vos batteries. Vous pourrez raccorder l’interface multicanaux à votre SX-AD8+ avant la fin de l’année. Le SX-R4+ devra attendre début 2020 pour faire cliquer sa RJ45. 

Dès la publication des premières images du prototype, le SX-M2D2 a suscité internet et convoitise. À la fois pre-ampli, carte son USB, mixer, ampli casque et convertisseur AD/DA, le petit surdoué fonctionne maintenant parfaitement. A peine plus grand qu’un paquet de cigarettes il trouvera sa place dans toutes les poches et toutes les sacoches. Couplé à un smartphone ou à un DSLR, il offrira des canaux supplémentaires en analogique, AES 3 ou AES 42, une grille de commutation, des fonctions de mixage et bien d’autres possibilités qui en font le couteau suisse (bien sûr) de l’audio pro.

Dans un tout autre registre, le SX-DD2 est un pré-amplificateur universel de qualité studio, alimenté par secteur. Capable de traiter pratiquement n’importe quel signal audio, numérique ou analogique, même la sortie d’une platine vinyl, cet appareil trouvera sa place dans les studios de mastering, les cabines de montage, les centres de duplication et d’archivage, en un mot partout où des sources très diverses doivent être écoutées et contrôlées. Couplé à une paire d’enceintes Sonosax SX-ADN2, le SX-DD2 constitue certainement une solution de monitoring redoutablement souple et efficace. Il se chuchote même que certains ingé-son l’ont adopté comme pré-ampli high-end pour leurs écoutes privées, le soir, à la maison.

IBC: une belle offre !
Pour célébrer l’automne et l’IBC, Sonosax offre 15% de remise sur toute commande de SX-M2D2 (ainsi disponible au prix de 1190.00 CHF) ou de SX-DD2 (2990.00 CHF) passée avant le 30 septembre 2019. Ça vaut le coup !

Un nouveau dans l’équipe 
Sonosax a le plaisir d’accueillir une nouvelle recrue : Fabrice Junod a rejoint l’équipe le 1er septembre en tant que responsable  marketing. Fabrice a une longue expérience dans le domaine de l’audio pro et il aura à cœur de développer notre marque pour lui permettre de faire face aux défis de l’avenir tout en restant fidèle à ce qui fait l’ADN de Sonosax depuis plus de 40 ans: créer des instruments extraordinaires pour permettre à des utilisateurs exceptionnels de capter des sons incroyables. Bienvenue à lui, il se réjouit de vous accueillir sur notre stand de l’IBC !