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  1. Los Angeles, CA - May 19th, 2022 - Deity Microphones is announcing 2 brand new products and a phone app that make up their new timecode ecosystem. The TC-1 is a wireless timecode generator and the TC-SL1 is a wireless smart slate. Deity premiered prototypes at the NAB Show in Las Vegas back in April and is now showing them off to the general public for the first time. They have also opened pre-orders through dealers online. Both the TC-1 and TC-SL1 can wirelessly pair to a cellphone or MacBook using Bluetooth and the Sidus Audio App that Deity has also launched. The app allows users to remotely control all the settings on both devices, display battery life, and wirelessly sync all their timecode generators to a single source. Users will get 250ft of wireless control range and from there 30ft of timecode sync range for a max total of 280ft. Along with Bluetooth remote control, both timecode devices can also be controlled using the on-board menu navigation with the 1” OLED display. This allows users who prefer confirmation of timecode via a screen the option to use the device without needing a phone. The TC-1 can also receive timecode from another generator, like a professional sound recorder, and then transmit out that SMPTE timecode signal to all of the TC-1 and TC-SL1 units within 30ft on set via a secondary 2.4G RF radio. This secondary wireless sync feature means the TC-1 can fit seamlessly into different workflows. “We wanted to make this new ecosystem appeal to people who love cellphone apps on set but also those who desire a more tactile approach to their gear,” said Andrew Jones, Product Manager at Deity Microphones. “We felt this was the next innovation in timecode equipment, a combining of features that have been scattered across other pieces of gear.” “It has an extremely user friendly interface, it’s affordable, and really intuitive” quoted Ethan Lee, professional TV/film Sound Mixer from Los Angeles, talking about the Sidus Audio app. “It’s a really good tool for easy organization.” Mr. Lee tested the new ecosystem while running timecode for an Olivia Rodrigo concert film in San Diego. The TC-SL1 is a timecode smart slate designed for the TV/film industry. It’s the world’s first slate to feature Bluetooth control and also ships with a rather unique method of power. Instead of using AA batteries like all other slates, the TC-SL1 is powered using NP-F550 rechargeable lithium battery packs. These are the same batteries often used by the camera department, the individuals who will look after a timecode slate after it’s been synced by the sound department. This new battery method for a slate allows for 300% more battery capacity, hot swapping, and charging via the slate’s 25W USB-C port (another world’s first for slates). “When we started to design the TC-SL1, one of my biggest goals was to move slates away from AA batteries and into a more renewable power solution. AA batteries are fine when it’s just 2 and the device is small, but when a device is the size of a slate we need to start to think about ways we can incorporate denser, rechargeable power sources that are better for the environment,” Andrew said. “We even went as far as to design our own NP-F550 battery packs that provide 32% more battery capacity than the average NP-F550.” Deity’s TC-1 is now available for pre-order for $169 (until the end of August when it will go up to its regular price of $199) and is also being sold in a 3 piece kit for $549. Units are expected to ship in the middle of June for most regions. The TC-SL1 timecode slate is also available for pre-order for $999 and is expected to ship at the end of August. About Deity Deity Microphones launched in April of 2018 with a single microphone and a straight- forward mission: bringing professional gear to filmmakers, content creators, and videographers of all levels. They have offices in the North America, Europe and Asia with a growing amount of corresponding global dealers. Fostering a creative community has been imperative to ensuring that they are designing the exact products that their customers want to see.
  2. The Deity Connect ecosystem isn't WiFi. It uses a different protocol on the 2.4Ghz spectrum. We selected 2.4Ghz because its usable world wide and you don't have to worry about frequency blocks when you travel abroad. Yes this setup works. And you can trigger the individual recorders on each BP-TRX via the dual DUO-RX's UP and DOWN keys. The BP-TRX does not do wireless TC but rather each units features it's own TXCO to handle local TC generation. This gives for a more accurate clock.
  3. Who did you email? I haven't heard anything from our customer support about this. You can always email me directly Andrew@Deitymic.com It sounds like a lot of you hate the dual mono file aspect of mono mode. I'll have the team fix this in the V1.2 firmware update.
  4. Los Angeles - Deity Microphones is excited to announce they have signed a license agreement with Zaxcom for 5 patents. This agreement will allow Deity Microphones’ new BP-TRX units to transmit and record audio at the same time when purchased or used in the United States. The license deal covers all BP-TRX units already shipped to the USA and all new units that will be produced going forward. This means Deity Microphones will now allow USA customers to have access to the international firmware updates starting with Firmware V1.1 (released in early June 2021). Customers who have already placed pre-orders and are awaiting the shipment of their BP-TRX units can perform a firmware update on day one of ownership to unlock all the new features. “We are thrilled to have worked out an agreement with Glenn Sanders and the Zaxcom team,” Andrew Jones, brand developer of Deity Microphones said. “We are excited to showcase to our US customers the full potential the BP-TRX will have on their video shoots. It’s been a long 2-year journey designing the BP-TRX and this license agreement with Zaxcom is the cherry on top of all that hard work.” In 2005, Zaxcom released the TRX900 which was awarded a patent for the ability to transmit and record timecode laced audio. It was a world first and was recognized for a technical achievement in 2016 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award and in 2017 by the Motion Picture Academy. In June 2021, Deity Microphones now becomes the first brand ever to have licensed these patents from Zaxcom. About Deity Microphones: Deity Microphones launched in April of 2018 with a single microphone and a straight- forward mission: bringing professional gear to filmmakers, content creators, and videographers of all levels. They have offices in the US, Europe and Asia with a growing amount of corresponding global dealers. Fostering a creative community has been imperative to ensuring that they are designing the exact products that their customers want to see. About Zaxcom: Since 1986 Zaxcom, Inc. has been creating innovative audio technology for the feature film, television broadcast, live performance, and post-production industries. With a focus on high-quality audio products in multi-track recording, mixing, and digital wireless, Zaxcom is proud to be honored with technical achievements from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Television Academy, and Cinema Audio Society. Zaxcom operates its production facilities in Pompton Plains, NJ, and continues to set the standard for sound professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.zaxcom.com.
  5. In your country yes. You can do all that from the DUO-RX. The up down keys on the DUO-RX will remotely trigger the REC features ANd in the menu you can select the transmitters and put them to a sleep mode. You can also wake them up remotely. what you are asking is currently illegal in the USA.
  6. It is a consistent 19ms. It's not based on transmission range or distance between devices. The 19ms is related to the audio buffer in the transmitter that handles retransmissions of data packets. This gives the receiver a few milliseconds to check for any packet loss, request a retransmission from the transmitter and for the transmitter to submit it so the receiver can insert the missing data before it hits the DAC and sends audio out to your recording device.
  7. For your setup that would work perfectly. We do recommend them for talent lavs but as I said before they best work for JWSound users as cameras hops because I'm assuming most members of this forum have spent $20K-40K on wireless from other brands. The max transmitter limit of 4 will prevent their usage as talent lavs for most members of JW also. But as a camera hop, not many productions run more than 4 cameras. If you are doing ENG work, small bag work, small HGTV reality shows were its a real estate agent and a couple... ya. The BP-TRX would work perfect for your use case as a talent lavalier system. If you turn off the transmission feature and use them as a pocket recorder you will get +21hrs of operation.
  8. 1) Everything is roughly the same here. We are still using latency as a way to allow for multiple retransmissions of a data packet if there is a blimp of interference to smooth over any dropped signals. Same latency modes as the rest. It will connect to "legacy gear" but we did give it a stronger ARM chip and more nanflash for firmware storage that did allow us to add a heavily modified version of our 2.4G protocol so we could do a 1 to 4 multicast. But at it's core is still the same protocol. 2) Yes and no. You wouldn't install it as a stand alone "plugin" but rather we'd upgrade your firmware to have V2.XX and we added XYZ extra features. I won't commit to noise assist but... there is onboard DSP and an ARM CPU so... there is room to grow. How much reduction would you want though? Would you really want it at the further up stage in a gain stage structure or would you rather recorder it in someone's pocket as clean as possible and add it later like in post? A lot of people don't like to do more than a gentile low cut in the field. 3) They are sitting in the our US and EU warehouses right now. Letting dealers collect pre-orders. Some regions will ship sooner than later but customers should be getting their units mid-June. 4) I'm a little confused as what you are asking here or what your pairing to what. 5) For you it might be better as a camera hop. For videographers it might work well as a single channel wireless kit one day and work as 2 audio recorders the next for a wedding. They can be what you need for the day.
  9. Correct. There is not option to scroll thru different transmitters via a single receiver. These aren't really meant to replace a sound bag but rather act as auxiliary wireless systems for users on a forum like JWSound. For users on this forum these would work best as camera hops or timecode based plant mic recorders like car rigs. Kally Williams has been using them for the past week as a camera hop on her shoots. Here is what she had to say about it. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPT6oYCJ4lH/
  10. Going live May 25th. The wait is over. 😀 It has been a long long year full of numerous delays we realize. We suffered some the silicon shortage just like everyone else who now uses complex IC chips in their products. That's not counting all the other supply chain issues we had along with the global cargo shipping shortage. With tourism airplanes no longer flying as much cargo ships have been sold out in terms of securing a slot on the boat. We also ended up going back to the drawing board and added some more features that were requested from users. We know audio pros demand the highest quality and reliability from their gear. We think on May 25th you won't be disappointed with the BP-TRX.
  11. .. but... the connector isn't any smaller than a TA connector and those lock... what is the purpose of this?
  12. The poster is a first time buyer, spending more money than he's ever spent on an audio recorder before... Go with the one with a warranty and firmware updates! The one that doesn't require you to swap out the out of date HDD with a SSD yourself because it has dual SD Card slots to manage it's backup recordings. The one that features a modern design GUI. Get the F8n because it's going to be easier and faster for you to master as your first professional recorder.
  13. Shooting the commercial for it right now.
  14. Yes, Orginally we figured we'd just make it so you could use it as a USB sound card. Something higher quality than the input on most laptops. Adding it to RX mode is possible and might be something we will be able to add to the firmware like we were about to do add to the HD-TX. Yes it does. It features a locking 3.5mm input. That's actually kinda an interesting concept. We never really thought of it like that, like a QC checking IFB to confirm audio, change settings, and trigger the recorder... That might actually be something we can roll out in Firmware 3.0 for the Deity Connect eco-system. Yes it is. And it's all 100% on purpose. We polled our dealers this past summer about how professional product sales were going and walked back the release to spend more time beta testing and making firmware revisions to features that might normally would have be given as firmware updates to the customer. Essentially about 10 people have been using the BP-TRX units for better part of 6 months, really dialing in all the bugs, features, and spec changes that needed to happen to make sure that when we release it, it will be 100% ready for the professional user. We currently are writing the manual for the production firmware. Hopefully we will be able to get them on store shelves soon.
  15. Did you turn the microphone on by holding the low cut filter down for 3 seconds?
  16. Hey all, Luckily directional antennas for 2.4Ghz devices are super small. Like the palm of your hand small. I run several and have one I will use for long range or difficult to pickup transmitters that gives me great range and punches thru walls no problem. This is a 2.4Ghz Yagi PCB antenna with a semi-rigid coax cable soldered directly to the PCB and into a SMA connector. This little guy cost a whopping $8, an an afternoon of soldering. The guy who makes them is in Dallas Texas. If you can't solder or have access to this type of coax wire, if you email Kent over at WA5VJB they can put together one for you a little extra cost. https://www.wa5vjb.com/products2.html I screw it on, point it, and i'm getting 4 out of 5 bars with a transmitter punching thru 2 walls behind the choir loft where the PA system was. I had the transmitter sitting next to a microwave, nothing fancy.
  17. I gave your files a listen. From what I can gather you're under driving your TX and pumping at your RX which is giving you horrible SNR. I had my Macbook speakers cranked and you sounded like a whisper. When I went to open your files in my DAW, both your RODELink and Deity Connect files barely registered at -30dB on the VU meter. I suspect your gain staging needs to be reworked because your coming up at least +18-25dB shy. Post up your: TX Audio settings? RX Audio Settings? RME Gain settings? Line vs Mic too Gain set in DAW?
  18. We are conducting market research to find out what we can do to improve our microphones and meet the needs of the community. We would love to have 1:1 Zoom calls with people and listen to your input on what you look for in your gear. For helping us out we want to send you one of our new 3mm lavaliers. https://www.deitymic.com/pages/feedback-sessions
  19. Lysol spray and let it air dry outdoors in sunlight
  20. Yup. Our web server crashed last week from the overwhelming traffic from V-Mic D4 DUO launch so we had to do a quick DNS transfer to a backup website. The BP-TRX is far from being cancelled. We are now deep in beta testing and actually have units currently out on a few film sets here in the US and in the Netherlands.
  21. I have been using it for the past week. Its... okay. It does not like omni-directional microphones. I have tested it with lavs and headset mics. Because of the nature of their pickup, someone standing next to you comes in too clearly to be "recognized" as noise and you will hear them on the mic still. Especially if the miked person is not talking. So the app could use a SNR threshold slider so you can dial in that setting better. It still requires good SNR in regards to your subject and background noises. It has a VERY unnatural silence to it which is fine if you are doing Twitch streaming and you have your gameplay as an audio bed underneath your voice (which is what it was designed for) but it sounds weird as a plugin on a podcast. It reminds me of the bad post processing they do on Bachelor in Paradise when the couples will walk along the sand and you hear the ocean waves go mute when no one is talking but magicly a loud ocean appears out of no where when someone talks. It's that bad.' RTX Voice is a fine tool... but not ready for Primetime TV or feature films... maybe decent for sports reporters using a directional dynamic mic or dynamic headset mics in a loud sports arena. I'd only "trust it" to fix my audio live or in post in those cases.
  22. We just released some new professional series lavs and a lot of people noticed the self noise of our Deity Connect system to be all but gone when using after market lavs. When using aftermarket microphones (XLR or TRS with our new HD-TX) and gain staging it properly you can now achieve about a -75dB RMS noise floor. And by adding a simple 80-100hz roll off at your recorder you can get that to -79dB RMS.
  23. Hey Codyman, it's 100% the case. The reason why you see me talking about it on the Gotham video and no one else's video is the demographic audience that Gotham speaks to is very different than most interviews I do with the press. I've attached the stereo pinout. We are hoping to have V2 firmware out this summer that will enable you to transmit to multiple receivers so that they really can be a more effective camera hop.
  24. Sadly I can't make it this year. I actually need to figure something out for it because I'd love to get a table for people to get a demo. I need to find someone I can hire for a couple of hours and send them a salesmen sampler kit and a table cloth. Know anyone? I will be in Dallas that week meeting with new dealers and a trade show there. I will say when it comes to comparing different 2.4Ghz systems (pros and cons) it seems there is some miss-information about 2.4Ghz and other systems. 1) 2.45Ghz is not the resonate frequency of water. 2.45Ghz was selected due to space on the FCC allotted spectrum and industrial microwaves found in professional kitchens operate at 915mHz. http://www.schoolphysics.co.uk/age16-19/Wave properties/Wave properties/text/Microwave_ovens/index.html https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/169362/why-do-microwave-ovens-use-radiation-with-such-long-wavelength 2) Not all 2.4Ghz microphones systems are the same. When it comes to high-frequency waveforms it's all about getting the maximum efficiency for getting the signal out of the antenna and the maximum efficiency at collecting the signal along with handling data drops. Based on what manufactures in the past have given their 2.4Ghz systems vs what they've given their UHF, you'll see that they've crippled their 2.4Ghz systems to create a tier system within their product line up. Azden XD-Pro : SMA dipole whips 4.85mw RodeLink Bodypack Tx: dual PCB fractal antenna 10mw Rodelink XLR TX: PCB Fractal antenna 8mw Rode Wireless Go: 3.5mw (unknown antenna) Sennheiser XSW: 8mw dual PCB fractal antenna Line6 Bodypack TX: 24mw, affixed dipole whip antenna Deity Connect: 100mw Dual PCB factual & Dual SMA dipole whips 3) Here is a breakdown of the Pros and Cons of 2.4Ghz and some of their protocols Pros- Bi-directional communication (can be) frequency hopping and (can be) automatic frequency coordinating Future Proof against FCC auctions Global Traveler 100% digital (can be uncompressed) Can allow for data re-transmission and buffer Cons- Smaller waveforms do have a harder time penetrating metal and dense surfaces like exterior walls Codec decoding can add latency Requires more wattage to get the same range as a lower wattage UHF system The frequency can be crowded depending on the environment (but so can single block UHF) It really comes down to what you need your wireless to do. If you're doing a lot of corporate, ENG, HGTV reality or travel documentary work, a 2.4Ghz system might actually fill all your needs. If you're doing a 20 person reality TV show or a multi-million dollar movie, probably not. I'd say personally 90% of the work I've done in my 15yr career could have been done with wireless microphones that only ever needed to transmit no more than 20-30ft away.
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