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Sound Devices (temporarily) end production of the 833 & MixPre3 mk2


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Hello Sound Devices family. Due to global semiconductor shortages, we have sadly been forced to put production of the 833 and MixPre-3 II on a temporary hold. We expect we will be able to restart manufacturing the 833 in November. We don’t have a restart date for the MixPre-3 II yet but we will let you know as soon as possible.

The MixPre-3 II and 833 are not being discontinued. We will continue manufacturing them as soon as our parts arrive! Other 8-Series and MixPre II Series mixer-recorders will not be affected. Some of our resellers still have 833s and MixPre-3 IIs in stock.

Thank you so much for your support during these shortages. We appreciate you all!

 

Sad news to know you no longer can buy these, but also not a total surprise what with all the supply issues there have been in 2021/2020 across all industries.

Makes sense they'd discontinue (for now) the 833 and MixPre3, as they are each the cheapest models in their respective product lines (8 Series & MixPre Series), thus probably have the smallest profit margins.

Wasn't that long ago Sound Devices did a price hike of their products, but I guess that alone wasn't enough to dampen demand, and now they have to (short term) cancel a couple of products to help ration out their stocked supplies of components.
 

And now Tilta is doing price hikes:

https://tilta.com/2021/06/price-changes-for-2021/

This won't be the last we hear of this. It is not just the covid disrupted supply chains which are causing shortages and price hikes, but inflation is on its way too.

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OT, but I thought this was an interesting video on the supply chain issues:

TL;DR: by optimising supply chains for the lowest costs you concentrate demand onto fewer and fewer suppliers and supply chains, which also happens when factories to make highly specialised items like semiconductors cost so much to setup, but unfortunately that means that that approach introduces many single-points-of-failure in the production of many goods.  There are also issues with unbalanced supply chains causing shortages of things like shipping containers etc and any temporary situations (like lockdowns) will take potentially years to recover from.

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3 hours ago, ntblowz said:

Everything is going up and up.. except your bank account 😂

Yeah, I think I'll be buying the Shure ADX5D (with an AD3 & ADX1) Axient Digital Wireless as soon as they're available. Only just got announced yesterday! Very expensive, but for professional wireless, it is quite sharply priced and arguably the very best there is now. But it will put a big dent in my bank account!
https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/wireless-systems/axient_digital/adx5d
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Here it is looking pretty matched with a Sound Devices Scorpio in an SL2:

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Well, that's a bummer for folks at the lower end of video production. The Pre 3 II is a great little field recorder. If you can figure out a power solution, the 32-bit float is clutch in one-man-band situations where you can't be constantly trimming your audio levels.

If you think the current inflation is a PITA, just be thankful you're not in the market for lumber in the US. Prices have risen ~300 percent. And this when lumber producers in the PNW, Oregon at least, have ramped up production in a big way after last year's fires. And here's me sitting here with a deck to rebuild that I've been putting off for about 3 years... My timing is great, as always.

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9 hours ago, EphraimP said:

Well, that's a bummer for folks at the lower end of video production. The Pre 3 II is a great little field recorder. If you can figure out a power solution, the 32-bit float is clutch in one-man-band situations where you can't be constantly trimming your audio levels.

At least there is the Zoom F6 they could get instead, which is arguably just as good or even better than the MixPr3.

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9 hours ago, EphraimP said:

If you think the current inflation is a PITA, just be thankful you're not in the market for lumber in the US. Prices have risen ~300 percent. And this when lumber producers in the PNW, Oregon at least, have ramped up production in a big way after last year's fires. And here's me sitting here with a deck to rebuild that I've been putting off for about 3 years... My timing is great, as always.

Yup, the coming inflation is looking to be rampagingly high:

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Meanwhile, surging price inflation is also a key cause for concern. 

In the new survey, small businesses report big increases in their supply costs. As a result, roughly 40 percent said they are increasing their prices—the highest response to this question since 1981. The rising prices are a major concern for business owners, and one reason why their optimism on the near future fell in this month’s survey.  

“Inflation on Main Street is rampant and small business owners are uncertain about future business conditions,” Dunkelberg added.

https://fee.org/articles/two-big-problems-are-plaguing-our-economy-new-small-business-survey-reveals/

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11 hours ago, IronFilm said:

Interesting survey, although hardly surprising results coming from a site with "economics" in the name.

I've been doing an interesting survey for more than two decades where I ask senior management about talent and the overall state of the workforce.  The result?  Every leader that ever commented to me said they have very serious difficulty hiring people with leadership ability.  A decent percentage volunteered that they've had to change their approach to organising, even restructuring, to work with the leadership pool they have.  I've detected no change in this over the years.

In business, everything eventually gets traced back to people, then to management, then to external forces, then to those people, and eventually to the human condition itself.  

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and the longer you look the more this becomes clear.  And if you think that COVID is an exception, go read about the Spanish Flu....  it makes covid look like a head-cold in comparison.

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