Amen to pretty much all of what's been said before. Either one calls the RED a soundless camera, that's fine, that's how i treat it as it is. If though, as every RED owner loves to do to no end, the camera is offered as the do-it-all, then it has to offer the very basics pretty much every camcorder out there does, hell, the DVX100 delivers better audio than the RED.
We need 'standard' mic/line inputs (if they have to be miniXLR so be it, that's not the problem), we need physical dials and switches. There is no time for the audio department to delve through menus to change things. I personally do not touch menus on a camera, I will ask the AC to do that, I think the AC has other things to do!
We need a headphone output that actually powers headphones!
We need built-in TC that actually is stable!
We need to be able to check TC on the lcd monitor - but not in the way as it is now, like, yeah, it's 1 (2, 5, whatever) frames off but in reality it's spot-on......? I understand that's hard to do when the camera in normal soundstage use needs icepacks on all sides to actually work?
And yes, mic/line level standards like +4db are just that, standards. There is absolutely no need for RED to come up with a 'new' standard that's known to RED only. The camera has to work like any other professional camera in the field. As long as it doesn't do that it'll always be the troubled child.
Regarding the 'standard' and the 'deluxe' module: my choice goes more along the line there should be 'no' sound or there should be 'standard' sound. I do not care about 4 audio tracks on a camera because nobody's gonna monitor that anyway. Stuart, please take any professional Panasonic camera, lift the audio part und you're good to go. Stick with the standards, no need for 96k or what have you, my recorder does that better anyway. Collaborating with SoundDevices would be a very good idea. Insant street cred.
As it is now, for the sound mixer working with a RED camera is annoying. Me thinks this camera deserves better.