Lectrosonics has introduced its new MTCR — Miniature Time Code Recorder. Small enough to be hidden in garments, the MTCR can be placed on a subject to capture audio, synchronized with timecode, when using a wireless mic is not practical.
The MTCR, sized at 2.3 × 2.1 x 0.7 inches and weighing 2.5 oz., with battery, records in 24-bit/48 kHz digital onto a microSD card (HC type, Class 10) in the industry-standard BWAV (Broadcast Wave File) format. The unit can be jammed to external time code via the standard 5-pin Lemo connector. A headphone output jack allows for monitoring the signal input or listening to previously recorded files, but cannot be used to send live audio to another device while recording.
The input connector is a TA5M jack that accepts any mic or line level signal and provides bias voltage to power electret lavaliere microphones. The input connection and wiring are compatible with microphones prewired for use with Lectrosonics wireless transmitters with servo bias type inputs.
Setup and adjustment are made through an interface provided by the keypad and LCD. The housing is manufactured from aluminum alloy, then hard anodized. The MTCR runs for more than six hours on a single lithium AAA battery.
The MTCR, shipping now with an MSRP of $990, comes with an M152/5P low-noise omnidirectional lavalier microphone, microSD memory card, belt clip, and AAA lithium battery.