Lectrosonics Introduces the Duet Digital Wireless Monitor System with Dante™ Input

lectrosonics-duet-MT2-M2R-blogRio Rancho, NM (April 19, 2017) — Lectrosonics announces the introduction of a new digital wireless monitor (IEM) system, the Duet. The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. The Duet covers the UHF frequencies of 470-608 MHz in a single range, uses digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante digital inputs. The new system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind.

The M2T half-rack transmitter houses two independent stereo transmitters allowing for up to four stereo or dual-mono transmissions in a single rack space. The audio inputs can be individually configured to be analog or Dante compatible. The analog input connectors are full size XLR/TRS combo types for balanced line level analog signals while the input preamp circuits use a special balanced amplifier with very high common mode rejection to minimize hum and noise. A Dante Ultimo™ interface via dual RJ45 connectors accepts Dante networked audio inputs and can cascade the digital stream to additional units via CAT6 cables. An additional RJ45 jack provides an Ethernet connection for programming and control via Wireless Designer™ software and a USB jack on the front panel allows for firmware updates. The transmitter features a full color, backlit LCD for high visibility in any environment, while the chassis is all-metal and can be racked singly or in pairs using included rack mount hardware.

The M2R bodypack receiver employs advanced antenna diversity switching during digital packet headers for seamless audio. The 24 bit digital audio stream guarantees high resolution sound quality with wide dynamic range, low noise floor, and rock-solid stereo image. The headphone jack is fed from a high-quality stereo amplifier with 250 mW available to drive headphones or earphones to sufficient levels for stage performance or other noisy environments. A high-resolution, color LCD allows for a wide range of menu options, including precise limiter settings, using detailed graphics. The M2R runs on two AA batteries for an operating time of over 4 hours with alkaline cells.

Both the M2R and M2T units have 2-way IR sync, so scan data from the receiver can be sent to the transmitter and thus onto the Ethernet network for use by Wireless Designer™ software for frequency planning and coordination purposes. Additionally, the system includes a FlexList™ mode, where a number of names and associated frequencies can be stored in the receiver. This way, a monitor engineer can quickly find and listen to any of the performers’ mixes on the stage.

“The Duet wireless monitor system is a significant step forward for touring performers and other professionals requiring high definition audio in their ears” states Karl Winkler, vice president of sales & service at Lectrosonics. “With 24 bit digital audio, low latency, Dante inputs and a compact, lightweight, diversity bodypack unit, the Duet system should please even the most demanding users, both on and behind the stage.”

The first public showing of the Duet IEM system will be April 24-27 at the NAB show, booth C3322, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

MAP:
M2T-DANTE, $2,335
M2T, $2,150
M2R, $1,080

Availability: Q3, 2017

Aaton Digital Unveils New Cantar Mini Digital Portable Sound Recorder/Mixer

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Front view of Aaton Digital’s new Cantar Mini 16 track digital recorder/mixer with swivelling display open.

Paris, France (January 24, 2017) – Aaton Digital will unveil the new Cantar Mini 16-track digital portable mixer-sound recorder at next month’s BSC Expo 2017 in London.

The Cantar Mini is based on the renowned Cantar X3, winner of many awards and now widely recognized by the sound community as the ultimate digital 24-track location sound recorder, with many delivered and in daily use worldwide.

The Cantar Mini is in no way a reduced performance or reduced quality product but retains the full sound quality, uses the same preamps and components and manufacturing quality, and the same design quality as the Cantar X3 but with 16 tracks instead of 24, a reduced number of inputs and outputs, resulting in a considerably smaller size and a more lightweight unit – just 2.8 Kg (6.17 lb) with 2 batteries on board – almost half the weight of the X3. Of course, most of the software comes across also from the well developed Cantar X3 software.

Like the X3, the Mini also has the indispensable tilting display, it uses the same batteries, and is compatible with the add-on mixer panel Cantarem 2.

At 7600 Euros, the Cantar Mini will be a more affordable option to the world’s sound recordists. Jacques Delacoux, CEO of Aaton Digital and Transvideo said, “Research tells us that the Cantar Mini will be a desirable product for those professionals who already have one or two Cantar X3s and want to have an additional, more lightweight recorder for particular tasks, perhaps with a boom, or to work with the recorder shoulder-mounted.”

“We also address the up and coming sound recordists who have learned of the Cantar X3 but are looking for a more affordable alternative. We address the rental houses, who want to stock a recorder of the same quality and durability as the X3, but at a lower cost. We address other markets such as the USA and India where many desire a Cantar—the Mini, with its very practical specifications, presents a more affordable route.”

Aaton Digital will take orders at the BSC Expo and will deliver 8 weeks thereafter.

Zoom’s F-Control Gives Location Sound Recordists More Flexibility to Mix and Record in the Field

Zoom-F-ControlHauppauge, NY (December 8, 2016) — Zoom North America today unveiled the new F-Control, a mixing control surface that works intuitively with Zoom’s F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders. When paired with an F8 or F4, the F-Control creates a complete and professional audio rig, so location sound recordists can have total command of their recording experience.

The F-Control makes recording and mixing simple with nine faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for fader, trim/pan, and track arming. Adding to its ease of use are a dedicated time code button, 12-segment LED meters, and programmable buttons for monitoring channel and output levels.

When using the F-Control, recordings can be organized with Track Scene edit buttons. There’s also an option to connect an external USB keyboard to enter metadata for “Track Name”, “Scene Increment”, “Scene Name”, “Notes”, and “False Take.”

A second USB port allows for easy connection to an F8 or F4 via a USB cable. The F-Control also includes a 1/4″ headphone jack so you can connect headphones and monitor audio in the field.

A durable metal chassis makes the F-Control suitable for an array of production conditions. Additionally, the unit is sleek and lightweight enough to fit into a gear bag or backpack so you can take it on any shoot.

The $349.99 Zoom F-Control is available for pre-order now and will be in stores January 2017.

Rycote Rebate 2016

rebate-rycote-splashThe Rycote rebate is on now! Simply purchase from a select group of (10) Rycote products listed below between November 10, 2016 and December 31, 2016 from participating Authorized Rycote U.S. Resellers. Any units sold before November 10 or after December 31, 2016 are inelligible for this promotion. To claim your rebate, you must complete and submit this official Rebate Claim Form and an unaltered copy of your sales receipt with the price paid shown from a participating Authorized Rycote U.S. Reseller. Rebate form must me postmaked by January 25, 2017.

Item Code Model Name Rebate Value ($)
089103 Cyclone Windshield Kit, Small $75.00
089102 Cyclone Windshield Kit, Medium $75.00
010324 Windshield Kit 416 $50.00
010323 Super-Blimp NTG $50.00
033207 Super-Softie Kit 416 $20.00
033394 Softie Kit NTG $20.00
033702 Softie Duo-Lyre Mount & PG $20.00
042901 InVision Video, Shoe Foot $15.00
065501 Black Lavalier Windjammer, Pair $10.00
033206 5cm Super-Softie, (24/25) $10.00

Lectrosonics Introduces the PDR Portable Digital Recorder

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Rio Rancho, NM (November 7, 2016) — Lectrosonics announces the introduction of a new micro digital recorder, the PDR (Portable Digital Recorder) for professional use. For situations in which the distance is extreme or where using a wireless microphone is not practical, the PDR recorder can travel with your subject and capture professional quality audio, synchronized with timecode. The tiny size and rounded shape make the PDR unobtrusive and easy to place in garments and costumes, and easy to conceal when used as a “plant” microphone to capture environmental or location sound.

The PDR records in 24 bit, 48 kHz digital onto a Micro SD card (HC type) in the industry-standard .wav (Broadcast Wave File) format. The PDR can be jammed to external time code via the standard 5-pin Lemo connector. A headphone output jack allows for monitoring the signal input or listening to previously recorded files.

“We have observed the need for professionals to have a recorder which is small and unobtrusive and which offers professional quality sound,” says Gordon Moore, CTS, Lectrosonics President. “Lectrosonics is pleased to introduce the PDR – a highly compact, pro grade sound recorder at an attractive price point.”

The input connector is the industry standard TA5M jack that accepts any mic or line level signal, and provides bias voltage to power a wide variety of electret lavaliere microphones. The input connection and wiring is compatible with microphones pre-wired for use with Lectrosonics professional wireless microphone transmitters with servo bias type inputs.

Setup and adjustment is made through an intuitive interface provided by the keypad and LCD. In keeping with typical Lectrosonics mechanical designs, the housing is machined from a solid aluminum billet then hard anodized for the ruggedness needed in field production. The PDR runs for over 6 hours on a single lithium AAA battery. Audio specifications: 20 – 20 kHz frequency response, 105 dB(A) signal to noise (in HD mono mode), <0.035% distortion. Time code is SMPTE 12M – 1999 compliant. The PDR is 2.3×2.1x.7 inches (60x54x17 mm), and weighs 2.5 oz (71 grams) with battery.

The Lectrosonics PDR is available now with an MSRP of $900 US.

DPA & Lectrosonics $150 Rebate Offer: The Ultimate Lav & Wireless Transmitter Combo

DPA-Lectrosonics-150-Rebate-ImageDPA and Lectrosonics have teamed up to offer you a $150 rebate! Simply purchase a Lectrosonics SSM transmitter, along with a DPA d:screet bodyworn mic wired with MicroDot (requires a DPA DAD6003 Adapter purchase) or hardwired for Lectrosonics, and receive a $150 rebate.

To claim your $150 rebate, mail a completed rebate form and proof of purchase to the address provided in the form. Purchase must be from an authorized US dealer (like us!) on a single invoice between September 27, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Additionally, the form and proof of purchase must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2017. There is no limit to the number of rebates.

Products eligible for this rebate are:
DPA d:screet™ SC4060
DPA d:screet™ SC4061
DPA d:screet™ SC4062
DPA d:screet™ SC4063
DPA d:screet™ SC4071
DPA d:screet™ SC4080 [with MicroDot]*
DPA d:screet™ SCO60 (Slim)
DPA d:screet™ SCO61 (Slim) [with MicroDotwith TA5F]*
Lectrosonics SSM Micro Belt-Pack Transmitter*

*These items are available for purchase online.

Medical Tape Options For Laving Talent

Ahh…the options are aplenty when selecting the right medical tape to lav your talent. From Transpore to Durapore, Blenderm to Tegaderm, plus all the others that don’t rhyme. So if you’re wondering which tape to use, we have this handy Medical Tape Chart for you to peruse.

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Click image to enlarge view in a PDF. From PDF version, click SKU or tape name to purchase online. 

Sound Devices Introduces Wingman iOS App For The 6-Series Mixers/Recorders!

WingmanBannerThe Wingman app is available for download on the Apple App store. Order the WM-Connect here.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 – Sound Devices unveils Wingman, its newest wireless remote control option for the 6-Series mixer/recorder line. Wingman is an iOS-based application that, when paired with the new WM-Connect Bluetooth® Smart USB accessory, lets users start and stop audio recordings, enter and edit metadata, as well as arm, disarm, and rename tracks. It also gives users touch-screen access to manage sound report information, create sound reports on the mixer, and the ability to email those sound reports (.csv files) directly from an iPhone or iPad. An overview of the Wingman App can be found here.

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“The Wingman app offers a production team very affordable convenience and workflow functionality on set or in the field,” says Matt Anderson, President, Sound Devices, LLC. “Wingman gives users a clear view of their metering and timecode display on a larger touchscreen. The interface is easy to use and puts control in the palm of your hand. For workflows requiring remote-control access, this is an economical and seamless option.”

inserting-wm-connectWhile Wingman will be available free from Apple’s App Store, the wireless integration does require the WM-Connect Bluetooth USB Dongle, which may be purchased at Location Sound now. It also requires a 6-Series firmware update to version 4.00 or later.

WM-Connect may be inserted directly into any 6-Series mixer, using one of two included USB A-to-B adapters. For cart-based workflows, the accessory may be inserted into the keyboard port of the Sound Devices CL-12 linear fader controller.

If multiple 6-Series mixers are on set and equipped with a WM-Connect, Wingman will display all available devices at start-up, and the user may switch connection from one mixer to another from within the app.

“Wingman can do so much to enhance a production workflow,” adds Anderson. “Giving a user better control of metadata in the user-friendly iOS interface will enable production teams to do more with less, more quickly than ever before.”

Sound Summit: LA 2016

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Days before the opening of the AES Show here in L.A., Lectrosonics, DPA Microphones, Sound Devices, and K-Tek will host The Sound Summit Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, CA. This event is part of The Sound Summit series of informal networking and educational presentations for audio professionals. Together they gather, collaborate, and discuss techniques and tools for capturing high-quality audio. This Sound Summit event returns to Los Angeles, where the first event took place two years ago. Since its inception, Sound Summits have been held in a variety of other cities, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Toronto.

With the cooperation of some of the industry’s most well-respected audio professionals, attendees will benefit from a one-on-one social experience with members of the community as well as these leading manufacturers who specialize in professional location audio capture. DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and K-Tek will also showcase popular products commonly used in the field, including DPA’s d:screet™ Slim and SC4098 Miniature Microphones, as well as DPA’s d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Microphone; Lectrosonics’ IFB-VHF Wireless System , SSM “Super Slight” micro and HMa transmitters, Venue 2 wideband receivers with IQ Filtering and the latest version of Wireless Designer software; Sound Devices’ 688 mixer/recorder with SL-6 powering and wireless system, the 6-Series CL-12 linear fader controller accessory, the 788T recorder, the 633 mixer/recorder, and the rack-mount 970 audio recorder; as well as K-Tek’s Stingray Audio Bags and Harnesses, Graphite Boom Poles and Microphone Shock Mounts and Windscreens.

The Sound Summit Los Angeles will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with a social hour and appetizers, followed at 4 p.m. by a series of short informational presentations from each of the manufacturers. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with a networking sessions beginning at 6 p.m. until the close of the event. Representatives from all four manufacturers will be available throughout the event to discuss best practices for utilizing their equipment during a production.

Register for the free Sound Summit LA now!