Hello Philadelphia!

Four B Productions is proud to announce that our full sound mixing services and Sony A7s package are now available for the Philadelphia area. Red and G&E packages are available with one week notice.

Please contact us for more information!

Sound Devices 688, SL-6, CL-12 and More!

It's been a while since I've written a post here but it's about time!

There have been some major new developments here at Four B Productions in the last few months.

For starters, we now have a full sound cart, the PSC Euro Cart, centered around the Sound Devices 688, kitted out with the SL-6 wireless distribution unit and the CL-12 linear fader control panel. In addition to that, we have added two more channels of WisyCom wireless for a total of six talent wireless and upgraded our Comtek package to Lectrosonics R1a IFB's.

This all means that we can do more on bigger projects, and maximize efficiency on set.

Transitioning over the video world, we have just taken delivery of the brand new Video Devices PIX-E7 monitor/recorder. This is a 1920x1200 IPS focus monitor with built in ProRes recording up to ProRes 444 XQ 12bit in 4K, capable of recording 4K log images over HDMI and SDI, as well as HD outputs! ProRes 444 XQ is a brand new, extremely high quality codec from Apple with tons of information that will make even the pickiest colorists happy. What's more, the SpeedDrive recording media means high recording times, low cost, and no card reader! That's right! No card reader! The drive itself is a USB flash drive that plugs directly into any USB 3 port for instant offload. No cables, no clutter, nothing more to break or to forget in the office. On order is the PIX-LR, an audio module that mounts flush to the PIX-E7 that adds two full size XLR inputs with phantom power, Sound Devices preamps, independent trim knobs, daylight viewable LED audio meters, and dedicated transport controls. The PIX-E7 and PIX-LR combination is the ultimate one man band solution for interviews or run and gun shoots.

Lastly, we now have the 17" Sony LMD-A170 professional monitor! This has all of the excellent features and build quality of Sony's now famous OLED professional monitors, in a full HD, IPS LCD display. That means super high quality, a reliable image, and cost efficiency. Included with the monitor is an adjustable stand mount for baby or combo stands, panel protection kit with corner bumpers and antiglare plexiglass cover, and a custom Omega Case flight case.

For more information on any of our equipment, or to book us for your next production, contact Four B Productions today!

Rycote Responds to Cyclone Test!

Rycote's Simon Davies Responds to Cyclone Test

1) Windjammer

We do have an optional Windjammer for the Cyclone, for use in high wind conditions. One of the key objectives of the Cyclone was to achieve equal wind performance to that of the WS4 + Windjammer, while improving the acoustic transparency. This goes not only when the kit is new, but after months & years of use. 

Fur is a fantastic material, which is exceptional at reducing wind noise. However, over time its acoustic transparency will reduce the dirtier and more matted it becomes and is particularly affected when wet. 3D-Tex is far more predictable over a longer period from new and will maintain its performance even when wet.

The magnetic idea for the low pile Windjammer is a very cool idea and something we'll certainly look at. We've got a ~couple~ of magnets in our inventory now :-)

2) Cable length 

The length of the Mogami star-quad cable used on the Cyclone has been set to ensure that the XLR is always in the right spot in the basket when the mic is fitted. There is some slack in the cable around the entry point to the lower basket suspension. This could be adjusted into the basket is slightly more length is needed.

3) XLR connector

We have considered a shorter XLR for the Cyclone, but opted instead at this time for the industry leading gold pin Neutrik XX-series, as it's a truly excellent connector. We do have protected designs for a short XLR connector (with Neutrik inners) that can be both right-angled & inline, however this will come down the track.

4) Lyre suspension

The Cyclone comes fitted with a pair of our Universal Lyres (72-shore), which are perfect for the likes of the Sennheiser MKH 416 or the Sanken CS-3e. It's also supplied with spare pair of softer Universal Lyres (62-shore) which give better handling isolation for lighter mics like the Schoeps CMIT-5U. The Lyres are all soft-grip on their internal surfaces for maximum grip, and to reduce twisting. They can be moved into multiple different positions along the suspension bar with use of the supplied hex key.


Thank you to Simon Davies for his response and to Gotham Sound for showing him our video!

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