Engineering Service, Inc.
Lectrosonics has introduced the new stereo version of its PDR micro digital recorder, the SPDR (Stereo Portable Digital Recorder). The unit captures to Micro SDHC card in Broadcast Wave Format with 24 bit depth and sample rates of 48 kHz or 96 kHz.
The SPDR is a professional quality, dual-channel unit designed for use in ENG (Electronic News Gathering), in film and video production, as a backup recorder, or for personal use. The new SPDR was developed by Lectrosonics in response to numerous customer requests for a small, lightweight dual channel recorder with a variety of additional features.
The SPDR records to a Micro SDHC memory card in Broadcast Wave Format (.WAV with iXML metadata) and 24 bit depth, in sample rates of either 48 kHz or 96 kHz. For compatibility with a wider range of memory cards while retaining high reliability, the SPDR features a deep write buffer. The unit can accept inputs from analog line level and AES digital sources, or from lav microphones wired for standard Lectrosonics 5-pin “servo bias” inputs. The SPDR can be jammed with time code via an industry-standard 5-pin Lemo connector, and features a highly accurate, temperature compensated (TCXO) time base crystal.
“Our customers were ecstatic when we first introduced the PDR portable digital recorder, and we received a lot of feedback on what additional features would be ideal in a small recorder. The introduction of the new SPDR is the result of all those requests,” says Karl Winkler, vice president of sales and service at Lectrosonics. “Mainly, users wanted a highly accurate time base, the ability to record in stereo, and the choice of internal or external powering for a variety of applications. And we are very excited to see all the creative ways the SPDR will be used.”
Dweedle tone commands allow easy start and stop using the PDRRemote, a 3rd party application for iPhone or Android. The SPDR has an external power input with internal battery switchover, allowing all day recording from your bag battery with immediate fall back to the internal batteries should there be an external power loss. A 32GB memory card allows almost 30 hours of recording time at the 48kHz sample rate. A high quality headphone output is provided for playback and monitoring. Run times of up to 13 hours can be expected when using Alkaline AA batteries.
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