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    Live sound and recording for higher education

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  1. Matthew Steel

    Lectrosonics UCR211 problem!

    Now, now, those can't qualify as "very old." (steps away to check something) Why, the user manual is dated 2004 - only 14 years ago. That's hardly "old" for Lectrosonics gear, let alone "very old" Now, I'll grant you that our R185's are "very old" - but we still use them when we have to.
  2. I had someone (a friend of an acquaintance, etc) ask me to do this for him a couple of times. We approached it like @Mobilemike suggests and charged him our regular studio rates.
  3. Matthew Steel

    North Korea microphone surplus.

    Right. I understood the phrase: to mean that it looked like the picture showed microphones intended to have screw on capsules, only they didn't put any on. My (unimportant) point was that some mics that look like that actually have internal capsules, and two of them to boot.
  4. Matthew Steel

    North Korea microphone surplus.

    Those look to me like AKG D224e microphones. Funny you should say the capsule thing because if I have identified them correctly then they actually each have TWO capsules each - one for low frequency and one for high frequency, along with a crossover to combine them into a full range signal. https://martinmitchellsmicrophones.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/akg-d224e-circa-1970-the-best-dynamic-microphone-ever-made/
  5. Matthew Steel

    Guard Bands

    I believe the limit is actually 20mW, not 25. And G3's can do 10mW but with the who-knows-what noise floor in the guard bands and duplex gap I can't imagine it would give much range. And Microsoft drones on and on in their comments to the FCC about how wireless microphones have all this "new" space and don't need the TV bands which are so indispensable for WSD broadband. Humph!
  6. Matthew Steel

    Dear Licensee: Greetings from T Mobile....

    Official FCC documentation here. You may have to wade somewhat deeply into the data to get the information that you really care about, but the "Phase Assignment" file should answer your question about the TV transition schedule.
  7. Matthew Steel

    Dear Licensee: Greetings from T Mobile....

    @Philip Perkins thank you for sharing this. I have searched many places trying to find dates for commencement of operations. The site in your letter finally gave me that information, at least for TMobile - who seems to be the auction winner that is most aggressively deploying.
  8. Matthew Steel

    Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    The manual confirms my suspicions: "The recorder samples at 44.1kHz rate with a 24 bit sample depth. (the rate was selected due to the required 44.1kHz rate used for the digital hybrid algorithm)." Changing the internal sample rate may not be a simple matter (or it might).
  9. Matthew Steel

    Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    I think the manuals and photos were still protected under the confidentiality letter when I first located the filings. Sounds like an exciting product.
  10. Matthew Steel

    Review of the Lectrosonics L Series

    Larry, thanks for this information. We just got 4 LMb's yesterday, and the LED on/off feature is not in the manual yet - even though the firmware is a year and a half old. The menu is pretty self explanatory but the up/down isn't at all obvious and is nice to know about. Those LEDs are pretty bright.
  11. Does anybody know what kind of notice the new license holders are required to give to the general public before they commence operations? I am pretty sure they have to notify incumbent stations by mail but I can't find any requirements of notice to the general public. And, I discovered today (finally slogging through some more FCC data files) that in my location the blocks T-Mobile obtained have no incumbent TV stations anyway. So, I suppose I could just do a scan one day and discover that 30MHz of spectrum is gone overnight.
  12. Matthew Steel

    DPA 4063 loud pops

    I have rewired several of our DPAs straight to TA5F for Lectrosonics. In our case this is a bonus because I can wire them so they are compatible with our ancient M185s, which we still use if we need more than 24 channels. The DPA adapter shorts out the VHF antenna by connecting the shell to shield.
  13. Matthew Steel

    Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    Yesterday I found some interesting equipment authorizations on the FCC web site. They were granted in the last two weeks, and the information in the filings matches wideband versions of the SM transmitter, with references to both single (SMWB) and dual battery (SMDWB) packages. FCC ID search here: https://www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid of particular interest were FCC IDs: DBZSMWBA1 DBZSMWBB1 DBZSMWBB2 DBZSMWBC1