Does Whatever a SPDR Can

The Lectrosonics SPDR is a small, lightweight dual channel recorder with time code. It captures full stereo audio for sports, cars, or other situations where a wireless system would be impractical.

The SPDR retails for $1179 and starts shipping immediately. Initial supplies may be limited, so distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Order yours now or check after the jump for more details and use case scenarios!

The Ticking Reblock

The FCC deadline on selling legacy wireless equipment is the end of September. Though you will be able to continue to use older equipment (as long as it complies with legal frequencies and power output), manufacturers will not be able to sell any components that have not been recertified by the FCC, including the components that are necessary for moving your wireless to a different frequency.

Bottom line: if you need your older Lectrosonics or Zaxcom wireless gear reblocked, make arrangements as soon as possible. 

Lectrosonics
is already booked through August and they've specified that the following gear will not be able to be reblocked after September: HH, HM, UH, UM400a, and UT. Here's our guide to Lectro reblocking pricing and which frequencies need to be changed.

Zaxcom has not created a specific list, but assume reblocking any of their discontinued wireless products is subject to the same September 30th deadline. Here's our guide to Zaxcom reblocking pricing and which frequencies need to be changed.

Take It Higher

Lectrosonics is adding 941-960 MHz block wireless units to their line, enabling Part 74 licensed users to take advantage of the recently allocated spectrum!

The units are shipping now and we even have a limited supply on hand, so order yours today! 

Here's a short guide to Part 74 licenses. Feel free to contact us if you have questions. 

Scan-Do Attitude

Lectrosonics has released the fix for the scanning bug in the SRC-A1!

If you have the SR Firmware Update Adapter end plate, you can download the new update here. If not, we'll do the necessary firmware update of any SRC-A1 units for FREE if you bring them by one of our shops in NY or Atlanta - just give us a heads-up that you're coming. We'll also do upgrades by mail for the price of shipping!

Please note that this bug only affects SRC units in the A1 band. B1 and C1 units do not need the update.

Set a New Record

Lectrosonics is introducing two new wideband SM transmitters: the SMWB (powered by a single AA battery) and the SMDWB (powered by two AA batteries). These new transmitters have a similar look and feel to previous SM Series units, but add wideband tuning and the ability to act either as a transmitter or as a bodypack recorder. Please note that these functions cannot be used simultaneously.

Shipping starts immediately. but the initial supply will be limited and we'll be fulfilling orders first come, first served, so order today for earliest possible delivery!

More details after the jump.

Flask Dance

If you purchase more than $100 worth of items from our website, we'll send you a free Lectrosonics flask, while supplies last. Handsomely modeled after Lectrosonics' best-selling SMQV, this decanter would feel at home on any cart and is perfect for the dedicated phialphile

Just Duet

Lectrosonics is introducing the Duet digital wireless monitor system! It's a deluxe rack-mounted system with Dante digital inputs and two stereo or dual mono audio carriers with extremely low latency. It can interface with Wireless Designer software via Ethernet or USB for complete system integration and quick setup.

Check out the details of the M2R receiver and M2T transmitter here! Pricing and availability is still pending - we'll update you when we know more.

Assuming Direct Entry

Lectrosonics is introducing new firmware 4.0 for the IFBR1a Belt Pack Receiver that allows the receiver to be operated in two distinct user interface modes:

  • Scan Mode, which exhibits the original behavior of the IFBR1a receiver where users can locate and store up to five different IFB carrier frequencies by scanning for them
     
  • Direct Entry Mode, which takes away the scan capability and replaces it with the ability to program channels into the memories directly via the pushbutton and hex switches. In Direct Entry Mode, five additional channel memories are available, for a total of ten.

The new firmware also enhances the functionality of the IFB hardware and ease of setup for the user.

Users can identify the difference between a v4.0 IFBR1a in Scan Mode and a v2.4 IFBR1A by a burst of rapid LED blinks at power-on in the v4.0 version, to indicate that the unit has two modes available, and the first of those two modes is selected. Users with v4.0 firmware installed in their units can change modes with a simple, step-by-step procedure using the hex switches on the side of the receiver.

"The Lectrosonics IFB system has been a staple for broadcast and other applications for over two decades," states Karl Winkler, vice president of sales & service at Lectrosonics. "A number of our top users have suggested this feature and we're happy to add it via new firmware. This way, the functionality of the existing hardware is enhanced, especially for larger IFB systems with multiple frequencies. This should really speed up the setup time for users in those kinds of scenarios."

New IFBR1a receivers in the UHF blocks shipping from the factory already have this new firmware installed, but older units must be factory upgraded. If users with older units wish to have the new firmware installed , contact the Lectrosonics Parts & Repair department directly at [email protected] or 800-821-1121 or Gotham Sound at [email protected].

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