Lectrosonics Introduces SMWB and SMDWB Wideband Transmitters

lectrosonics-sm-wideband-blog-imageRio Rancho, NM (October 11, 2017) — Lectrosonics is introducing two new transmitters as the latest generation in the award-winning Digital Hybrid Wireless® SM Series product line: the “wide band” SMWB (single AA battery) and SMDWB (dual AA battery). These new transmitters have a similar look and feel to previous SM Series units, but with several important new features, including the ability to either act as a transmitter or as a body-worn recorder, and wideband tuning.

Similar to other current Lectrosonics transmitters, the SMWB and SMDWB units tune across 3 standard frequency blocks and come in several frequency ranges: A1 (470 – 537 MHz) and B1 (537 – 614 MHz) for the North American and export markets, and B2 (563 – 640 MHz) and C1 (614 – 691 MHz) for certain export markets. RF power for these models is selectable at 100, 50, or 25 mW (North American version) and 50 or 25 mW (certain export markets). The SMWB and SMDWB feature the standard TA5 connector with servo-bias mic input. This input is also found on all previous SM Series units and all current TA5 beltpack units like the LT and LMb. Any lavaliere microphones wired for these other Lectrosonics transmitters will work on the new models.

The SMWB and SMDWB units can be configured as either a transmitter or a recorder, with files stored on Micro SD card memory, allowing use as body worn recorders. The audio files are recorded in the industry standard Broadcast Wave (.WAV) format at 24 bits, 44.1 kHz sample rate. The Micro SD memory card can also be used to update firmware in the field.

The SMWB and SMDWB also feature the same larger, backlit LCD found on other recent Lectrosonics transmitters such as the LT, HHa, LMb and DBa. In addition, an IR port is included to allow for quick setup when using any IR equipped receiver such as the LR, SRc or Venue 2. This allows for easy integration with a larger wireless system using Wireless Designer™ software for frequency management and system monitoring.

“These new wide-band SM transmitters round out our selection of Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment”, states Karl Winkler, Vice President of Sales and Service for Lectrosonics. “Our customers have been asking for units like this, and we are pleased to be introducing them now. The choice of transmission mode or recording gives the users a great amount of flexibility.”

MAP:
SMWB, Single Battery: $1,459
SMDW, Double Battery: $1,597

Availability: Now

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

Aaton Digital’s new Cantar Mini

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.

PSC Introduces Its Latest Antenna, The Power Paddle

PSC Power Paddle UHF Log Periodic AntennaThe UHF Power Paddle Antenna from PSC is ruggedly built from the finest materials. Its skeletal design, state-of-the-art electronics and water resistant, rubberized coating provide top notch performance in the field. This new design includes an ultra low noise RF amplifier (0.6dB) and an RF limiter on the input for superior RF performance. The design also includes an easy-to-use, panel-mounted rotary switch for gain setting. This active antenna will operate from 7 to 18Vdc ensuring that it is compatible with all brands of wireless equipment that provide remote antenna powering. Mounting is via industry standard 3/8-16 TPI threaded mount.

Lectrosonics Introduces the SRc and SRc5P Digital Hybrid Wireless® Dual-Channel Diversity “Slot” Receivers with Smart Tuning and SuperSlot™ Compatibility

SRC-SRC5P

Rio Rancho, NM (March 2016) — Lectrosonics is pleased to introduce SRc and SRc5P Digital Hybrid Wireless® dual-channel diversity “slot” receivers with Smart Tuning and SuperSlot™ compatibility, designed for top performance in tough RF environments, making them ideally suited for field production and other applications challenged by rough conditions.

The Lectrosonics SRc and SRc5P units each consist of two receivers which are built into a single, ultra-compact housing, with optional adaptors for video camera receiver slots and for standalone use. The two internal receivers can be operated separately, each using switching, antenna combining diversity, or in tandem with ratio diversity reception. The audio inputs of the receivers can be mixed internally or left separated for discrete recording tracks or external mixing. The 5P variant allows dual channel operation for cameras with only one audio channel in the slot.

These new Digital Hybrid Wireless dual-channel diversity slot receivers include a wide tuning range of three standard Lectrosonics blocks or 76 MHz. Tuning steps of 100 kHz or 25 kHz allow for up to 3072 frequencies per band. Tracking front-end filters provide excellent out-of-band rejection of RF noise, making the receivers ideal performers in extreme RF conditions.  And DSP compatibility modes allow the receivers to be used with a variety of Lectrosonics systems, including the IFB transmitters, as well as a variety of other wireless systems. An IR (infrared) port is included to simplify setup with IR enabled transmitters.

The SmartTune feature quickly and automatically selects frequencies based on local scan data. Audio frequency response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz +- 1dB. Four frequency ranges are available for worldwide use: A1 (470-537 MHz or blocks 470, 19, and 20), B1 (537-614 MHz or blocks 21, 22 and 23), B2 (563-640 MHz or blocks 22, 23 and 24) and C1 (614-691 MHz or blocks 24, 25 and 26).

“I’m particularly excited about the SRc and SRc5P receivers,” says Karl Winkler, Vice President of Sales/Service for Lectrosonics. “The combination of the wide tuning range and tracking filters makes these products ideal for today’s challenging RF environment, while the convenience features like SmartTune™ and the IR port make it really quick to get up and running. It’s really a lot of technology in a very small package.”

A variety of output adaptors and mounting options are also available for the SRc and SRc5P for camera slot or external mounting operation.

MAP: $2,299 – SRc | $2,459 – SRc5P
Availability: Q2 2016

Video: Zoom F8 8-Channel Multitrack Recorder With Time Code

The Zoom F8 created quite a buzz when it was first revealed at NAB this past spring. Well, it’s now available for pre-order and slated for shipping late August. With a robust feature-set delivered at an incredibly reasonable price point, the Zoom F8 is a game changer in field production sound. Here are some of its features:

  • Full time code support
  • Standard metadata entry
  • Dual media recording
  • Multiple power options
  • High quality microphone preamps
  • Extremely small size (7 x 5.5 x 2.1 in) and weight (2.1 lbs)
  • Wireless Bluetooth control via Zoom F8 Control App (iOS)
  • 8 tracks with time code for under $1K!

At $999.99, you may want to get your Zoom F8 now!

Video: Aaton Cantar X-3 In-Depth Review

Mike Paul, Location Sound’s Technical Director presents an in-depth look at the new Cantar X3 portable recorder from Aaton Digital. The Cantar X3 24-Track recorder features a wide array of input and output options, with support for Analog, AES3, AES42 and Dante I/O and can record multiple streams to up to four on-board media choices. An embedded 10-channel mix surface, full timecode capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet and HD-SDI are just some of the remarkable features of this powerful new deviceAn in-depth look at the new Cantar X3 portable recorder from Aaton Digital. The Cantar X3 24-Track recorder features a wide array of input and output options, with support for Analog, AES3, AES42 and Dante I/O and can record multiple streams to up to four on-board media choices. An embedded 10-channel mix surface, full timecode capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet and HD-SDI are just some of the remarkable features of this powerful new device.

To learn more about this product, view the video now or go to the Cantar X3 page on our website. Location Sound is accepting pre-orders. Estimated availability is August 2015.

Video Devices PIX-E Family Will Debut At NAB 2015

Video Devices PIX-E Family

At NAB 2015, the new Video Devices PIX-E Series of portable field recording monitors will be available for preview. The series includes three camera mount models; PIX-E5H, PIX-E5 and the PIX-E7. These recording field monitors are made for camera operators who need fast, high-quality tools to ensure their vision is captured with complete confidence. The PIX-E recorders were designed with an incredible set of features and withstand the harsh production environments of professionals.

This new line of Video Devices monitors feature 1920×1080 five-inch (PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H) and 1920×1200 seven-inch (PIX-E7) LCDs, a full suite of precision monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to record 4K and Apple ProRes 4444 XQ edit-ready files to affordable mSATA-based SpeedDrives. The PIX-E5 and PIX–E5H are presently the world’s most compact 4K recording monitors.

The PIX-E monitors feature compact, die-cast metal housings and an LCD display protected by Gorilla® Glass 2, making them the ideal choice for cinematographers and videographers looking for monitors that can stand up to the rigors of the most extreme and demanding production environments. PIX-E includes PIX-Assist™, an impressive suite of monitoring tools including TapZoom™ for unrivalled focusing speed, false colors and zebras to help set exposure, guide markers for framing, LUTs and a range of scopes including waveform monitor, histogram and vectorscope. These new on-camera monitors incorporate a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ user interface that combines easy-to-access tactile buttons and an intuitive touch screen.

A great monitor needs to be accurate; it must be able to show the finest detail, be viewable in bright sunlight, and have a range of easy-to-access tools that aid with perfecting the focus, exposure, framing and color balance. These new Video Devices monitors do all of those things and with their ability to record the highest quality Apple ProRes edit-ready video, the PIX-Es are an affordable must-have tool for any video production professional. Come and check PIX-E out at NAB 2015 (Booth C6040).

MAP Pricing & Availability:
PIX-E5 – $1395 | Summer 2015
PIX-E5H – $1195 | 2 months after PIX-E5
PIX-E7 – $1595 | September 2015

Video: PSC M5 Pro Universal Shock Mount

Our latest video installment features the new PSC M5 Pro Universal Shockmount. The new PSC M5 Pro shock mount with Clear Glide™ Technology builds upon the fundamental design principles of the original PSC/McDonald universal shock mount in use world-wide since 1985. It is made from robust, light weight aircraft aluminum and utilizes a unique clear glide three stage vibration isolation system to virtually eliminate the physical transmission of all unwanted low frequency rumble and handling noise.

To learn more about this product, view the video now or go to this PSC M5 Pro page on our website.