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.

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.

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.

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

WingmanBannerJUNE 14, 2017 UPDATE: The Wingman app is available for download for BOTH iOS (Apple App Store) and Android (Google Play) devices (version 5.0 or later). 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.”

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

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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 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

Lectrosonics Introduces The SSM — The Smallest Full-Featured Bodypack Transmitter Available

April 1, 2015 – Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA – Lectrosonics is introducing the smallest full-featured UHF bodypack microphone transmitter available — the SSM (Super Slight Micro). Part of the Digital Hybrid Wireless® Series, the SSM is fully compatible with all current Lectrosonics receivers including the UCR411A, SR Series, L Series, and Venue Series, along with several older models via compatibility modes. The SSM features a wide tuning bandwidth of three standard Lectrosonics blocks or up to about 76 MHz depending on the specific frequency range. RF power is selectable at 25 or 50 mW for flexibility in various applications. Dimensions for the SSM are 2.52 x 1.48 x 0.57 inches or 64.25 x 37.6 x 14.5 mm, and weight is 2.3 oz or 66 grams, including battery.

Lectrosonics SSM Transmitter

The SSM is available on four different frequency ranges for worldwide use: A1 (470.100 – 537.575 MHz or blocks 470, 19 and 20), B1 (537.600 – 614.375 MHz or blocks 21, 22 and 23), C1 (614.400 – 691.175 MHz or blocks 24, 25 and 26) and D1 (for export only, 691.200 – 767.975 MHz or blocks 27, 28 and 29). Tuning steps of 100 or 25 kHz can be selected in the menu, allowing for up to 3,072 frequency choices, depending on the band.

The SSM features an all-metal housing and uses the rugged, industry standard Lemo 3-pin microphone connector common to other bodypack transmitters used extensively in theatrical and TV applications. Thus, existing lavaliere and headworn microphones already terminated with this connector can be used with the SSM without an adapter. Different bias voltages and termination impedances can be selected via the transmitter’s menu for optimum performance with a wide range of microphones. Pre-set values for several microphones are included as menu choices for DPA, Countryman B6/E6, Sanken COS-11, Sennheiser MKE1/MKE2, along with standard dynamic microphones and line-level input sources.

An infrared sync port on the SSM allows for quick setup with compatible receiver systems. A backlit LCD allows for ease of setup in any lighting conditions. A micro-B USB port makes it possible for firmware updates in the field as advanced features are added in the future. The SSM responds to remote commands for frequency, audio level, sleep modes and other settings from the RM remote unit or 3rd party smartphone apps. The hardened, stainless steel belt clip can be securely attached or easily removed without tools. The SSM is powered by an included 3.7V rechargeable lithium-ion flat pack battery.

“The demand for an ever-smaller bodypack transmitter has been with us for years.” states Karl Winkler, director of business development for Lectrosonics. “The only way to make a full-featured unit smaller than the SMV was to change the battery type and the microphone connector. We chose the Lemo 3 because it is small, rugged, reliable, and already an industry standard. The battery was chosen for its availability, size, shape, and reasonable run time. All in all, the SSM is a really exciting product for us and we appreciate all the ideas and suggestions we’ve received from our customers pushing us in the right direction with this product.”

MAP: $1,410
Availability: Q3 2015

NOTE: This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.