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Old 3rd November 2017
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Any idea if the extra work on the chassis is likely to nudge up these rough estimates on pricing?

I am looking forward to compare the Isleta to a Nagra EMP I have, or hearing from someone who has done the same.
The estimated pricing you quoted I believe was for an earlier, potential mono version. If you get the news letter you would have received more current pricing info.

I am aiming to stick to those prices, which requires a careful chassis design. In other words, the extra time is to save money, not increase.

A few folks have compared the ISLETA prototype against some Nagra & SD products. One engineer told me, humorously, that after using ISLETA and then returning to his previous device made him fell like an audio "janitor" I took that as a good sign.
Old 3rd November 2017
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The estimated pricing you quoted I believe was for an earlier, potential mono version. If you get the news letter you would have received more current pricing info.

I am aiming to stick to those prices, which requires a careful chassis design. In other words, the extra time is to save money, not increase.

A few folks have compared the ISLETA prototype against some Nagra & SD products. One engineer told me, humorously, that after using ISLETA and then returning to his previous device made him fell like an audio "janitor" I took that as a good sign.
I understood that pricing was for a mono version (I did not know about any newsletter), and I look forward to the release of the Isleta. Not sure what you meant regarding audio janitor, though no harm is done with joking around.
Old 4th March 2018
  #123
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Hi Scott!

Any update on Isleta?


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Old 5th March 2018
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I'd first replace the power switch. Don't get it why such slider switches are used. They tend to be unreliable and cannot be sealed correctly and there's additional dirt ingress due to the front panel cutout. Rotary or toggle switches (with large bushing) are available fully sealed.
Old 6th March 2018
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This janitor is standing by to know more. . .
Old 6th March 2018
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This janitor is standing by to know more. . .
If you're a janitor, I must be on a haz-mat team...
Old 6th March 2018
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I use Nagra preamps in the VI and EMP, so if those are for janitors then the Isleta must be for gods . . .
Old 12th March 2018
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no updates?? :(
Old 16th April 2018
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Can't wait to get my hand on one of these, any updates?
Old 16th April 2018
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From all accounts I've heard Pueblo is solid so my guess is they will come out with the Isleta when they are ready to do so. In the meantime we have very fine battery powered preamps such as the Nagra EMP.
Old 20th May 2018
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Old 28th May 2018
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I am looking forward to getting an an Isleta just as soon as they are available. The design looks perfect for field recording.

There is, however, one detail that I hope we can get Scott to address while Isleta is still under development: THE POWER SWITCH.

I travel with my recording stuff internationally, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had electronics that are accidentally switched on during transport. Then you arrive at your recording location and find a dead battery. For example, the Nagra Seven is notorious for this. Unless you have it in a Pelican case, which usually isn’t practical for travel, it is easily switched on while being transported. Normally, I carry it in a padded BOOQ backpack, wrapped in a Domke padded Velcro wrap. I would carry the Isleta in the same way. With airline restrictions as they are, there are few other choices. You need to be able to carry on your recorder, preamp and mics and Pelican cases just are often too bulky, not to mention the additional attention and aggravation they attract at customs.

I would like to suggest to Scott some sort of safety switch arrangement. Either an additional “arming” switch on the back of the unit which, when enabled, would allow you to turn on power via the front panel switch. Or, some kind of mechanical lock on the front panel switch. Without this, I think the power switch would have to be taped down with gaffer tape, which is what I have to do on the Seven. Sometimes with the Seven, I just remove the battery pack, but that will not be possible with Isleta.

How about it, Scott?
Old 29th May 2018
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You have a point, but on the other hand, the battery life of the Isleta will be at least 50 operating hours. What will the depletion be switched on, but without input signal & no phantom power ? Probably it can be on doing nothing for 500+ hours.

Will you travel to mars ?

My main concern is the unit accidentally being switched off - on stage.
Old 29th May 2018
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I would like to suggest to Scott some sort of safety switch arrangement. Either an additional “arming” switch on the back of the unit which, when enabled, would allow you to turn on power via the front panel switch. Or, some kind of mechanical lock on the front panel switch. Without this, I think the power switch would have to be taped down with gaffer tape, which is what I have to do on the Seven. Sometimes with the Seven, I just remove the battery pack, but that will not be possible with Isleta.

How about it, Scott?
Thanks for your suggestions, bwanajim. That is a legit concern.

I do not believe this will be an issue with ISLETA. All its controls will be recessed/sheltered by the chassis so unintended switch motion should be very unlikely. As an additional precaution while in transit, you could simply unplug the batteries. The battery compartment will be easily accessible by hand, without needing any tools.
Old 30th May 2018
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Thanks, Scott. That's good to know.

Speaking of batteries, the info on your site states that the price does not include batteries. Will Isleta use a type of battery that we can easily source on our own? Or will you provide them as an additional option? I assume they will be LiFePo.


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Thanks for your suggestions, bwanajim. That is a legit concern.

I do not believe this will be an issue with ISLETA. All its controls will be recessed/sheltered by the chassis so unintended switch motion should be very unlikely. As an additional precaution while in transit, you could simply unplug the batteries. The battery compartment will be easily accessible by hand, without needing any tools.
Old 30th May 2018
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Hahaha! Well, not quite Mars, but the Isletta will be going with me to some remote places. I have high hopes for it, as it will allow me to use passive ribbons on battery power in remote places for the first time. Those of you who own Nagra VI and Seven may bring up the fact that the on-board preamps in these machines have more than enough gain for ribbons. And while that's true, they don't really sound all that great doing it. The difference between a TRP or RPQ and the Nagra preamps with ribbons is vast.

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You have a point, but on the other hand, the battery life of the Isleta will be at least 50 operating hours. What will the depletion be switched on, but without input signal & no phantom power ? Probably it can be on doing nothing for 500+ hours.

Will you travel to mars ?

My main concern is the unit accidentally being switched off - on stage.
Old 31st May 2018
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Hahaha! Well, not quite Mars, but the Isletta will be going with me to some remote places.
I was just out in a remote, seldom-visited corner of the desert here in California, using a Nagra SD, and tried to record extremely quiet night ambience. The resulting recordings are just too noisy to make them usable.

I was thinking about the Isleta again as a possible half-step towards getting a blacker background.

Mic selection will be the other key--but that's a different issue.
Old 31st May 2018
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I know this is probably too much, but if the device is transformers on the way out then it would be amazing to have a, premium, mid-side option switch.
Also there are some excellent locking toggle switches that you have to pull out slightly in order to switch. My MPB-502 has them.
Old 24th August 2018
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Good morning Scott,

Do you have any news to report on the release date for the ISLETA preamp? I'm looking forward to purchasing one of these from you when they are released.

thank you,

David
Old 27th August 2018
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Good morning Scott,

Do you have any news to report on the release date for the ISLETA preamp? I'm looking forward to purchasing one of these from you when they are released.

thank you,

David
Old 28th October 2018
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Good morning Scott,

Do you have any news to report on the release date for the ISLETA preamp? I'm looking forward to purchasing one of these from you when they are released.

thank you,

David
Old 4 weeks ago
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Hi everybody!

Any news at all? Did anybody contact Scott directly?
Old 4 weeks ago
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I received an ISLETA update back in Sept. At that time, Scott said that it would appear some day, but that he didn't want to make any promises.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Arrow ISLETA in action.

I had the pleasure of using the Pueblo Audio ISLETA prototype on a number of projects this summer. It's too much to share in one post, but I'll be posting some of the results here in the thread.

One of my favorite recordings this year was a piece performed by members of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band percussion section in a conference room at the 2018 Texas Bandmasters Association convention in San Antonio. It's in the Henry B. González Convention Center. Relatively low ceilings, carpet, and audience, and you might be skeptical. Here's the recording...

Sennheiser MKH40s > ISLETA > Sound Devices MixPre-10T



My observations: beautiful tone, zero distortion with transients, and exquisitely rendered imaging. Relative to the MixPre, the ISLETA has less noise (well, zero noise), and more "magic". Realism? And maybe just as important - check out how nicely they fit together! Both can run on battery, fit in a small pack, and go anywhere. Really nice combination giving you two killer channels, plus room for spots or alternate mains. This was a huge help to me, because it was not the only room I was recording in at the convention.

(PS. For some serious contrasts, try searching the piece on YouTube...)
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Old 3 weeks ago
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Its the MKH40 we are hearing !

Once again, into the right preamp, MKH mics sound amazing. I am still very interested in the Isleta, if it ever becomes available ...

But I want a 3 ch version, and a few mono versions as well !
Old 3 weeks ago
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Hi Christian! Thanks for the recording.

Sounds great considering it is a conference hall with carpets.

We (as in fellow members of this forum) also want some of this "Isleta magic" so if you do have any effect on Scott please make him start producing

Looking forward for more of your recordings!!
Old 3 weeks ago
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those look like sanken co-100k's in an angling and spacing similar to NOS to me, where were the mkh40s? and is there any post-production going on here - reverb, noise removal etc?

Really nice sound!

(edit - wait are the mkh40s in ORTF in between the sankens?)
Old 2 weeks ago
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(PS. For some serious contrasts, try searching the piece on YouTube...)
I do that when I'm feeling down. It is a great self-confidence booster. Then you think, "people are satisfied with this."
Old 2 weeks ago
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those look like sanken co-100k's in an angling and spacing similar to NOS to me, where were the mkh40s? and is there any post-production going on here - reverb, noise removal etc?
Reverb -- yes! The hall has a delightful echo flutter, but it glues together well with some reverb in Sequoia.

The Sankens are on the outside, and the two clips just a little farther in on the stand are the MKH40s. The MKH40s are actually closer to NOS with the Sankens being wider-than-NOS, which is my usual preference. That's just how they fit on the bar, snuggly.

Noise removal - can't recall. A tiny bit of compression, probably. There are additional pieces up on YouTube from the same concert, but this one's my fave.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Arrow ISLETA in action.

The Atlantic Music Festival happens every July at Colby College in Watertown, Maine. Great campus, gorgeous weather. We recorded the whole festival, but I was only able to join for a short while with the ISLETA. One concert was a solo piano recital by the students - each played one piece or a couple movements. I chose this piece because the composition and playing are pretty *and* because you can hear the birds beautifully rendered in the background.

RAVEL Sonatine II: Mouvement de minuet
Rode NT45-o pair > ISLETA > JoeCo BBR1-B


Mics were placed in a crook position, and we also had rode NT5s up in tail position. They were running to ATI 8MX2 preamps, which I know well and have used extensively. Compared to the ATI, the ISLETA had less noise (no noise). This allows the low-level details, like the room, the resonance, and the bird outside to retain their place in the music. If you want detail without anything harsh, the ISLETA has it.

And I flew with the ISLETA, there and back.
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