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Ok, Trusted Readers,

We are trying a transmitter scheme where the UP arrow button turns all the LEDs to normal operation, the DOWN arrow turns them all off. Right now the up and down arrows don't do anything except display a "HOLD" message in the LCD to tell you another button also needs to be held down to change frequency or level. Pulling the battery will reset to normal LED action. In addition, in LED off mode, the LCD will occasionally display LED OFF in nearly unreadable characters.

 

The thought here is that a menu item is too slow when you need to know  =>now<=  what the battery and audio levels are doing. The up and down arrows are fast to use. This will probably be a dweedle tone function also.

 

One more thought is to kill the backlight on the LCD screen with the LEDs. It could still be read in ambient light. We will probably turn down the LEDs on the LT anyway. The hand puppet routine was pretty funny.

Best Regards,

Larry Fisher

Lectrosonics

Sounds good. Any chance of a dweedle tone for the LF cut? That would be useful.

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Larry,

 

any news on when the product will be available? Thought it would be at the end of January / beggining of February.

 

Thanks in advance.

Hi João,

Here is an update on the L series:

We have shipped a taste of LMb and LT transmitters in the last few weeks. Today 18 Feb, we also shipped a smell (that's less than a taste) of LR receivers on the lowest block A (blocks 470,19 ,20). Next up is a smell of the mid block B (21, 22, 23) and then a sniff of the US upper block C (24, 25, 26). The paper work for the Euro version has been submitted.  Euro (CE) regs say they have to accept or reject them within 30 days or the submissions automagically go through. The Euro blocks A, B, and C are the same as the North American blocks but they also have block D (27, 28, 29).

 

We hope to have current orders filled by April. It would be nice to go to NAB without angry customers with pitchforks and torches circling the booth. Getting approvals from all the agencies (US, Canada, Europe) is a painfully long and expensive process. Anybody that thinks they can get approvals in a month is smoking a lot better quality stuff than we can get in New Mexico, even being next door to Colorado.

 

Best Regards,

Larry Fisher

Lectrosonics

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There are a lot of Virgin Idiots out there!

 

Look forward to trying out the L series on my next production job. On a very recent post job I did two weeks ago, the mixer had placed an SM and clip in the back pocket of a "little person" during a scene. I totally missed it, but the producer caught it and the VFX guys were able to roto it out (grabbing a swatch of cloth and mapping it on top of the SM). The reflective metal clip gave it away.

 

Maybe an anodized black version would help?

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On 12/19/2014 at 1:37 PM, LarryF said:

 

Ok, Trusted Readers,

We are trying a transmitter scheme where the UP arrow button turns all the LEDs to normal operation, the DOWN arrow turns them all off. Right now the up and down arrows don't do anything except display a "HOLD" message in the LCD to tell you another button also needs to be held down to change frequency or level. Pulling the battery will reset to normal LED action. In addition, in LED off mode, the LCD will occasionally display LED OFF in nearly unreadable characters.

 

The thought here is that a menu item is too slow when you need to know  =>now<=  what the battery and audio levels are doing. The up and down arrows are fast to use. This will probably be a dweedle tone function also.

 

One more thought is to kill the backlight on the LCD screen with the LEDs. It could still be read in ambient light. We will probably turn down the LEDs on the LT anyway. The hand puppet routine was pretty funny.

Best Regards,

Larry Fisher

Lectrosonics

 

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.

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