Microsoft has issued a patch in Windows 10 to fix a serious corruption issue with regards to .wav media files written by Sound Devices recorders.
Windows 10 introduced the Encrypting File System (EFS) for removable FAT media, by using a reserved bit to indicate whether or not a file was encrypted. This caused Windows 10 to treat the file as EFS encrypted and overwrite the RIFF/WAVE header, making broadcast wave files unreadable. Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft did not use this bit, which was used by Sound Devices, so Quality Assurance testing would not have revealed any conflict.
The patch, KB3093266 issued by Microsoft on 30 September 2015, addresses this issue and has been verified by Sound Devices.
Phantom power is an important and essential feature of a microphone preamplifier. All Sound Devices mixers and recorders that include microphone preamplifiers offer phantom power, conforming to the IEC specification. Select Sound Devices products also offer phantom power for line-level signals, since many microphones can output very high signal levels in the presence of high-sound-pressure-levels, such as concert and gun recordings.
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