I'll Still Have You, Sony, Boy

Sony Professional Wireless is a staple of audio packages for news crews; it's less common for feature film, television, and reality production, but definitely has the potential to be put to great use in those realms.

Sony has two tiers of wireless: a UHF line with Digital Signal processing and an all-digital line. Andy Munitz from Sony was kind enough to join us for a demo and discussion of both tiers, which we've included below (or watch the whole thing here.)

Sony UHF Wireless Systems

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The third generation of Sony's analog wireless adds digital signal processing for great sound through better companding. It's available both as convenient, money-saving packages and as individual transmitter and receiver components for $700-$950 per channel. (Some mighty fine accessories are also available.) 


Sony Digital Wireless Systems

Sony's Digital Wireless line uses full digital wireless for artifact-free, non-companded high quality sound, increased range at lower power, even lower latency, spectral efficiency, and the ability to encrypt your audio. They're available in a large array of form factors from bodypacks and plug-on transmitters to dual slot and rack mounted receivers to fit any bag or cart set-up for about $3300 per channel. Sony has also made some excellent training videos available if you're interested in seeing the systems more in depth.

Wiring for Sony is available for most lavaliers - give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions!

Rise Up

An across-the board price increase for the Lectrosonics line of products, averaging 3%, will go into effect on this coming Friday, July 15th. However, we will honor the current prices for any orders placed by Thursday, July 14th, so contact us today!

This is the first Lectro price increase since November 2013 and reflects an increased costs for parts, materials and tooling.

Grin and Behringer It

(Above) Audio supervisor and author Cory Allen on the set of Black Ink Crew: Chicago.

The Behringer X32 family of products was released two years ago among a sea of digital mixing consoles and has become a popular affordable choice for audio engineers to use for everything from middle school talent shows to big rock concerts. In the area of location sound recording, more and more mixers are finding ways to incorporate X32’s into their workflows. The various forms of the X32 offer a powerful set of tools that can fit into a variety of situations.

As with other digital consoles, the X32 is very flexible when it comes to routing and expansion. Inputs can be rearranged at the front end of the mixer’s channels, and each output source can be individually selected. The AES50 ports allow access to remote S16 and S32 units for additional input/output capability at up to 100m away. One of the most powerful features is the expansion slot found on all models in the X32 family, allowing them to interface with industry-standard protocols such as ADAT, MADI, USB & FireWire, and Dante. More on that in a bit.

The big thing that separates the X32 from the rest of the field... (Continued after the jump)

Journey to the Pole

Looking for the right boom pole? Here's a convenient comparison chart to help. For simplicity's sake, these are comparing the uncabled versions of each pole, but the internal cabling options are listed for each. Additional cost and weight for an internally cabled pole is not reflected in this chart.

If you dig charts, here's another handy one that will tell you which Pelican cases your boom pole will fit into.

(And, hey, if anything in the K-Tek line particularly moves you, they're all discounted until Monday, August 31st!)

Line Smallest Pole Length Largest Pole Length Material Weight Range Price Range Internal Cabling Options
K-Tek Avalon Aluminum
(3-6 sections)
2'4" - 5'9" 3'3"- 12'0" Aluminum 0.786 - 2.24 lbs $144 - $256 Coiled cable; bottom exit
K-Tek Avalon Graphite
(2-6 sections)
1'7" - 5' 3' -12'6" Graphite 0.688 - 1.328 lbs $129 - $561 Coiled cable; bottom exit (all models) or side exit (longer models)
K-Tek Klassic
(5 sections)
2' - 8'9" 3'10" - 16'10" Graphite 1.009 - 1.673 lbs. $465- $722 Coiled or straight cable; bottom, side, or flow-through exit
K-Tek Traveler Klassic
(6 sections)
1'10" - 7'3" 2'9" - 10'3" Graphite 1.09 - 1.82 lbs. $379 - $705 Coiled cable; bottom or side exit
Ambient QX Light
(5 sections)
1'8" - 6'5" 4'3" - 17'9" Carbon Fiber 0.981 - 2.039 lbs. $344 - $708 Coiled or straight cable; bottom, side, or flow-through exit
Ambient QP Feature Film
(4 sections)
3'5" - 11'4" 5'1"- 17'1" Carbon Fiber 1.631 - 2.469 lbs $483 - $612 Straight cable; flow-through side exit
Ambient QS Premium Feature Film
(3 sections)
3'5" - 11'4" 5'1"- 17'1" Prepreg Carbon Fiber 1.631 - 2.469 lbs $660 - $876 Straight cable; side exit
VdB
(6 sections)
1'3" - 4'10" 2' - 18' Carbon Fiber 0.981 - 1.5 lbs. $210.66 - $604.70 Coiled cable; bottom exit

Contact us today to order or drop by the store to try some out! We also carry a full line of boom pole accessories and spare parts.

Make your SR a SuperSlot Machine

Beginning in May, Lectrosonics is offering upgrades to any SR Series receiver to enable remote control compatibility with the SuperSlot found in the Sound Devices SL-6! Here's the announcement:

Recently, the fine folks at Sound Devices announced their new mixer with the SuperSlot feature.   The Superslot SL-6 accessory allows docking an SR series slot receiver with the mixer and, with the appropriate upgrades, can even be controlled through the mixer's interface.  Audio pathways, RF multicoupler, power and control are all provided via the SL-6 to the 688 mixer. The SL-6 can hold/control three dual channel receivers.

All Lectrosonics SR series receivers can be upgraded to allow the control capabilities

IMPORTANT!  ALL SR series receivers can and will work with the SuperSlot without remote control as is. They will provide two channels of audio and receive power and RF from the SuperSlot. The upgrades are only required if the remote control capability is desired.

If the unit is an SR or SRA, SRA/5P, it will need to be converted to an SRB with an SRSuper endplate.  The RF, Audio boards and end plate will be replaced. Basically, all that remains of the original unit original is the top plate and the outer shell. The cost is $1007.00 plus shipping and taxes (if applicable).  The returned unit will be a full SRB conversion with SuperSlot control capability. The original end plate sent in with the unit will be returned (if one was included).

If the unit is an SRB or SRB5P, the cost for conversion will be $535 plus shipping and taxes (if applicable) and will include an new audio board, complete system checkup and new SRSUPER end plate.

As with all upgrades, both service levels will include a complete receiver checkup, calibration and any applicable firmware/hardware updates applied.


The upgrade is a factory only upgrade. You can contact the Lectrosonics' customer service department at [email protected] or 1-800-821-1121 for a repair order number and shipping instructions or you can bring your receivers into Gotham and we'll take care of it for a nominal shipping and handling charge. The conversion service is planned to begin on May 1, 2015.

Rycote vs. Rycote

Matthew Sonnenfeld of fourB Productions does a side by side comparison between the Rycote Cyclone and Rycote WS4 Windscreen, comparing handling noise, wind resistance, and acoustic transparency!

His conclusions begin at 3:48, if you're the impatient type.

Rycote Cyclone versus Rycote WS4 from Matthew Sonnenfeld on Vimeo.

Simon Davies from Rycote responds to the review:

1) Windjammer

We do have an optional Windjammer for the Cyclone, for use in high wind conditions. One of the key objectives of the Cyclone was to achieve equal wind performance to that of the WS4 + Windjammer, while improving the acoustic transparency. This goes not only when the kit is new, but after months & years of use. 

Fur is a fantastic material, which is exceptional at reducing wind noise. However, over time its acoustic transparency will reduce the dirtier and more matted it becomes and is particularly affected when wet. 3D-Tex is far more predictable over a longer period from new and will maintain its performance even when wet.

The magnetic idea for the low pile Windjammer is a very cool idea and something we'll certainly look at. We've got a ~couple~ of magnets in our inventory now :-)

2) Cable length 

The length of the Mogami star-quad cable used on the Cyclone has been set to ensure that the XLR is always in the right spot in the basket when the mic is fitted. There is some slack in the cable around the entry point to the lower basket suspension. This could be adjusted into the basket is slightly more length is needed.

3) XLR connector

We have considered a shorter XLR for the Cyclone, but opted instead at this time for the industry leading gold pin Neutrik XX-series, as it's a truly excellent connector. We do have protected designs for a short XLR connector (with Neutrik inners) that can be both right-angled & inline, however this will come down the track.

4) Lyre suspension

The Cyclone comes fitted with a pair of our Universal Lyres (72-shore), which are perfect for the likes of the Sennheiser MKH 416 or the Sanken CS-3e. It's also supplied with spare pair of softer Universal Lyres (62-shore) which give better handling isolation for lighter mics like the Schoeps CMIT-5U. The Lyres are all soft-grip on their internal surfaces for maximum grip, and to reduce twisting. They can be moved into multiple different positions along the suspension bar with use of the supplied hex key.

Now You're Playing with (100mW) Power!

We know we've been hitting the WisyCom a little hard lately, but we thought that you might be interested to know that the FCC has just approved a 100mW upgrade for the MTP40S-US transmitters!

Any MTP40S-US bought from this date forward will ship with the upgrade installed so users will have the full spectrum of selectable 10mW/50mW/100mW options. Any MTP40S-US transmitters purchased after 6/2/14 are eligible to have the firmware upgrade installed for free.

Units can be upgraded via USB using a WisyCom UPK 300E. We have several in the shop for use or loan and new FCC labels for your transmitter, so call, email, or drop by either our New York or Atlanta locations to level up your new wideband tx today!

CONSUMER ALERT: Most users do not need a license to operate these wireless microphone systems. Nevertheless, operating these microphone systems without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC’s wireless microphone website atwww.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

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