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Sound Devices producing 30,000 face shields per day

During times of crisis, people and companies step up. One of those companies is Wisconsin-based pro audio equipment manufacturer Sound Devices, wnhich is producing more than 30,000 face shields each day to help keep frontline workers safe in the fight against COVID-19. The company has pulled together a coalition of local manufacturers in the Reedsburg, Wisconsin, area to achieve this number, including Columbia Parcar, VARC, Cellox and Hankscraft AJS.

Sound Devices realized it could simultaneously play a direct role in helping protect health care workers and keep local area production-line workers employed. Around 100 people in the Reedsburg area are working daily to bring in material, assemble and ship the FS-1 face shields. Sound Devices sells the shields at a nonprofit price and has already shipped nearly a quarter million shields around Wisconsin and the rest of the US.

“The real heroes in this operation have been our line workers,” says Lisa Wiedenfeld, VP of finance and operations at Sound Devices. “They have been coming in day after day and cranking out these face shields while maintaining strict safety standards including wearing face masks, 10-foot distancing and extensive sanitation procedures. Under normal circumstances, ramping up manufacturing on a high volume of a new product is challenging enough, let alone avoiding a dangerous virus at the same time. My hat is off to all of our workers.”

“We started production of our FS-1 and FS-1NL face shields on March 24th, producing about 400 per day. As we’ve increased production to 30,000 per day, one of the most difficult aspects has been procuring enough parts to build consistently,” said Matt Anderson, CEO /president of Sound Devices. “Luckily, we have an extremely resourceful purchasing team. They have tapped our excellent network of Wisconsin-based suppliers. When our production levels outstripped what our suppliers here could do, our overseas suppliers pitched in to augment the supply of parts. But getting parts sent to us has been extremely difficult due to the reduced capacity of shippers. This whole experience has been very challenging but rewarding.”

Sound Devices now has FS-1 (original) and FS-1NL (latex-free) shields in stock. Face shields may be purchased by anyone in the US directly from store.sounddevices.com or by contacting sales@sounddevices.com.

Timecode’s :Pulse for multicamera sync and control now available

Timecode Systems, which makes wireless technologies for sharing timecode and metadata, has made its :Pulse multi camera sync and control product available for purchase.

Powered by the company’s robust Blink RF protocol, the :Pulse offers wireless sync and remote device control capability in one product. Used in its simplest form, the :Pulse is a highly accurate timecode, genlock and word clock generator with an integrated RF transceiver to ensure solid synchronization with zero drift between timecode sources.

As well as being a hub for timecode and metadata exchange, it’s also a center for wirelessly controlling devices on multicamera shoots. With a :Pulse set as the timecode master unit, users can activate the device’s integral Wi-Fi or add a wired connection to the Ethernet port to open the free, multiplatform Blink Hub app on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Enabled by the Blink RF protocol, the Blink Hub app allows users to not only centrally monitor and control all Timecode Systems timecode sources on set, but also any compatible camera and audio equipment to which they are connected.

Timecode Systems has already developed a bespoke remote device control solution for Sound Devices 6-Series mixer/recorders and is working on adding to the :Pulse the capability to control GoPro, Arri and Red cameras remotely via the Blink Hub app.

“With the production of the SyncBac Pro, our embedded timecode sync accessory for GoPro cameras, now in full flow, we’re very close to launching remote control of Hero4 Silver and Black cameras,” says CEO Paul Scurrell. “Using either the :Pulse’s Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection into the :Pulse, SyncBac Pro users will be able to connect their GoPro Hero4 Black and Silver cameras to the Blink Hub app. This, among other things, unlocks the capability to put a GoPro to sleep remotely and then start recording again from the app when the action starts again. It’s a great way to save the camera’s battery life when it’s gear-mounted or rigged somewhere inaccessible.”

Video Devices ships PIX-E5H recording monitors, new firmware for PIX-E

Video Devices, video products developed by Sound Devices, is now shipping the Pix-E5H, the latest in the PIX-E series of 4K recording monitors. The PIX-E5H offers HDMI-only inputs/outputs for customers that do not need SDI capabilities. In conjunction, Video Devices is also releasing firmware version 1.04 for the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H.

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Designed as an HDMI-only video alternative, the PIX-E5H records a range of Apple ProRes codecs from Proxy to ProRes 422 HQ. The Pix ProRes 4444 XQ. With v1.04, both the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H support HDMI recording triggers for Sony and Canon cameras. The update also adds the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO mSATA solid-state drive to the approved media list, for use in the removable USB-based SpeedDrive. In addition to other enhancements, firmware v.1.04 increases the previous HDMI audio inputs and outputs to four and eight channels, respectively.

Both of the five-inch, 1920×1080-resolution, 441-ppi PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H monitors include a full suite of precision monitoring tools and the ability to record 4K edit-ready files to the affordable SpeedDrive. One such tool is TapZoom, offering focusing speed, false colors and zebras to help set exposure, guide markers for framing and a range of scopes, including waveform, histogram and vectorscope.

Sound Devices gets two Cinema Audio Society nods for tech achievement

Reedsburg, Wisconsin — Sound Devices’ Pix 260i production recorder and 633 production mixer have been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to advance the art and science of sound in the motion picture and television industry. A blue-ribbon panel of CAS Members determined the nominees for the 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Awards, which will be announced on February 22 in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

“We are honored to have two products nominated for a CAS Technical Achievement Award,” said Matt Anderson, president of Sound Devices. “We take pride that several of the nominees for outstanding achievement in sound mixing are Sound Devices customers, and to be a small part of their success. Our commitment to providing our customers, and the industry, with world-class products remains our most important business and these nominations reaffirm that mission.”

Sound Devices (www.sounddevices.com) Pix 260i production recorder is a rack-mounted, file-based audio and video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based decks in production and post-production environments. The Pix 260i supplies all the features and tools needed by production companies looking to migrate to 32-track file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime video files or audio-only WAV files to up to four attached drives.

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The Pix 260i offers 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante audio-over-Ethernet protocol, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available. The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96kHz for eight tracks, 192kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

The 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.