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"Audio Limited to Offer Recording Feature on U.S. A10-TX Wireless Transmitters

WATFORD, U.K., 2 JULY, 2018 – Audio Ltd. announces the introduction of a powerful new recording feature for A10-TX Digital Wireless transmitters sold in the U.S. market. Available on 9 July, 2018, firmware revision 2.0 brings built-in recording from balanced microphone and line-level inputs to the A10-TX.

“The built-in recorder and timecode generator in the A10 transmitter have been great tools for our users. Up until now U.S. customers have not been able to take advantage of these features,” says Kishore Patel, managing director of Audio Ltd. He adds, “Version 2.0 brings recording to U.S. market A10-TX transmitters for boom microphones and other balanced microphone and line-level sources. In these applications, the A10 is not worn by the actor or presenter.”
Audio Ltd A10-TX Transmitter with A-Boom accessory A10-TX Digital Wireless Transmitter with A-BOOM accessory

The A10 Digital Wireless System includes two components, the A10-TX transmitter and A10-RX two-channel receiver. The A10 U.S. system operates in UHF frequencies, from 470 to 608 MHz (470 to 694 MHz internationally). Up to 15 systems can operate simultaneously in a U.S. television channel. The system is fully digital– microphone signals are converted to digital at the transmitter and remain digital all the way through to the receiver’s output. A digital system offers superb full-bandwidth, full-dynamic-range audio without the audible artifacts associated with analog RF links.

The A10-TX transmitter offers a universal audio input accepting two-wire lavalier microphones, balanced microphones (selectable 12V or 48V phantom power), and balanced line-level signals. It includes an integrated digital recorder with a precision timecode generator (recording not available with lavalier microphones in U.S. market transmitters). An internal microSD card in the transmitter stores audio data in proprietary .mic format. The free Mic-to-WAV utility for Mac OS and Windows converts .mic files into industry-standard broadcast WAV files with timecode.
Audio Ltd A10 System

On location shot of the A10-TX Digital Wireless Transmitter with A-BOOM accessory. Photo credit: Quartal Studio

The wideband two-channel A10-RX is the companion receiver for the A10-TX. The A10-RX is available in either a slot mount A10-RX-SL or cabled A10-RX-XLR model.

More information on new features with 2.0 firmware, such as frequency scanning with the Sound Devices 688 mixer/recorder and SL-6 powering and wireless accessory will be available on 9 July, 2018."

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20 minutes ago, Eric Toline said:

“Version 2.0 brings recording to U.S. market A10-TX transmitters for boom microphones and other balanced microphone and line-level sources. In these applications, the A10 is not worn by the actor or presenter.”

 

So the A10-TX is in a configuration like this?

 

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Found that picture here:

https://audioltd.com/a10/a10-tx-transmitter/

 

(thanks Eric for posting the release)

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I got excited for a moment reading this until I got up to here:

 

3 hours ago, Eric Toline said:

(recording not available with lavalier microphones in U.S. market transmitters). 

 

Darn 

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Perhaps someone can patent an inline balancing transformer widget designed to adapt an unbalanced lavalier microphone to the balanced input of a transmitting recorder and sell the new fangled devices to operators who promise not to get caught mounting the transmitting recorders on a human being. 

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There are many 48vp to lav power adapters available now for people who want to plug in lavs to cameras with only 48vp power available. All that is needed is an XLRF to whatever tx input cable. It does make the tx package somewhat more cumbersome though.

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4 hours ago, Eric Toline said:

An internal microSD card in the transmitter stores audio data in proprietary .mic format. The free Mic-to-WAV utility for Mac OS and Windows converts .mic files into industry-standard broadcast WAV files with timecode.


I wonder if with Sound Devices now owning Audio Ltd if perhaps in the near future they might incorporate automatically wirelessly offloading the internal recorders from the TXs to the 6 series recorder's media with automatic conversion to WAV files. (and maaaaaaaybe even combining in each take from the TX and the 6 series to be merged together into one WAV file? Perhaps have automatic stop/start control over the recording in the TXs via the SL6 somehow)

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2 hours ago, Eric Toline said:

There are many 48vp to lav power adapters available now for people who want to plug in lavs to cameras with only 48vp power available. All that is needed is an XLRF to whatever tx input cable. It does make the tx package somewhat more cumbersome though.

 

I have a few from AMBIENT. They work well.

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On 7/3/2018 at 2:32 AM, Eric Toline said:

There are many 48vp to lav power adapters available now for people who want to plug in lavs to cameras with only 48vp power available. All that is needed is an XLRF to whatever tx input cable. It does make the tx package somewhat more cumbersome though.

Maybe the board LOM uses has potential to make something less bulky.

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“Version 2.0 brings recording to U.S. market A10-TX transmitters for boom microphones and other balanced microphone and line-level sources. In these applications, the A10 is not worn by the actor or presenter.”

"The A10-TX transmitter offers a universal audio input accepting two-wire lavalier microphones, balanced microphones (selectable 12V or 48V phantom power), and balanced line-level signals. It includes an integrated digital recorder with a precision timecode generator (recording not available with lavalier microphones in U.S. market transmitters). An internal microSD card in the transmitter stores audio data in proprietary .mic format. The free Mic-to-WAV utility for Mac OS and Windows converts .mic files into industry-standard broadcast WAV files with timecode."

 

Are the above details indicative of some development Re recording TX?

 

 

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26 minutes ago, daniel said:

Are the above details indicative of some development Re recording TX?

 

What are you talking about? Of course! Isn't it that what we've been discussing here? The recording feature is now available when a balanced input is connected to the A10 transmitter - e.g. a boom microphone. The recording feature is still not available in the US (but everywhere else) with bodyworn lav mics. Other than that nothing's changed, it's just that Sound Devices apparently have found something of a loop-hole. 

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"Sound Devices apparently have found something of a loop-hole.

 

Oh, they have(?). Good to know.

 

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