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Social Media WireLists40 300TA-5 (“5” for 5 pins) mini-XLR female connectors are the standard lavalier and headset microphone termination for most Lectrosonics transmitters made in the past 30 years. Undoubtedly, if you’ve been at this for any length of time, you’ve experienced a connector getting stuck. And if that happens, your only option is to sacrifice your lav by cutting the cord to dislodge it. Or is it?

Glen Trew, via our Facebook discussion group offered the following strategy, which works regardless of the brand of lav.

According to Glen, there is no need to destroy the cable or connector. Before we explain why, you may want to review our Support article, which explains the inner workings of TA-5 connectors, so you understand what we’re talking about.


Social Media WireLists39 300With many of us getting back to work, "covid compliance" requires that all staff working on a production to be distanced. Many of you have shared your creative solutions and new working protocols with us. For example, we're hearing that some production sets are becoming their own "quarantine facilities," where staff live and work dorm-style in a sanitized area onsite, with no one new coming in or out until production is over. Some directors will also have only necessary talent on set, and locate the sound personnel and production staff in other rooms or parts of the facility. This need to distance is very much a "figure it out as you go along" world right now.

In our last list, we discussed how to do a solo walk test on set. We also discussed the custom tuning range capabilities of Wireless Designer, which allow you to preplan your set-up, to minimize your contact with the set. So, what do you do when you have to plan to work at a distance from the talent? Enter Dante.


Social Media WireLists38 300pxDid you know that Wireless Designer comes with a feature – The Walk Test Recorder - that will allow you to do a walk test all by yourself, with no help at all? It’s a very useful tool, especially for those solo engineers that don’t have a second set of hands and feet to help them with a set up in a new venue, or when their environment limits the number of people that can be in the area at a given time. It’s a way to test RF signal strength and antenna switching, as well as squelching and recording audio.

Even experienced users of Wireless Designer might not know this feature exists, because it is somewhat hidden. In order to see the Walk Test tab at the top of the screen, you have to have a receiver connected and selected from the device list on the left of the screen. You otherwise won’t see it as an option or a feature anywhere else in the system. This screencap shows you where.


Social Media WireLists37 300pxOur newest version of Wireless Designer (version 2.0.25) for both Mac and PC comes with some great new features that should save you time, give you new control, plus added convenience that you might not have thought possible. Let’s dive in:

1) Offline Mode

The new Wireless Designer has an "offline mode" where you don't need to be connected to a system in order to start configuring. You can design all of your set-ups ahead of time. Here’s how. Click on any of the images to make larger:


Social Media WireLists36 300pxIn our recent Facebook poll, many of you expressed interest in learning how to set up transmitter/receivers with recorders in an on-the-job scenario. Last week, we heard from Bal Rayat and Bruner Dyer. This week, we hear from Chris Howland and Steve Morantz.

Chris Howland is the founder of the LA Sound Mixers Group, a long-time Lectrosonics user and has worked on countless film and TV projects. Chris reports that “most of my gain staging is done by feel and the anticipation of the unknown.” The following numbers are his starting points:

From a VR Field Venue to a Sound Devices 688

Line level input settings 
(normal voice and louder performances)

  • Field Venue output +08
  • Sound Devices 688 input trim at LINE level and -8db for unity gain. Will sometimes push to 0 or 2db for soft speakers.

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  2. Wire-Lists #34: A Quick Primer on Setting Audio Input Gain On Wireless Mic Transmitters
  3. Wire-Lists #33: Hey! What's That Sound?
  4. Wire-Lists #32: 4 Quick Tips for Antenna Performance
  5. Wire-Lists #31: Improving Signal to Noise Ratios with PF25 Filters
  6. Wire-Lists #30: Maintaining Social Distancing With Dante-Enabled Equipment
  7. Wire-Lists #29: 4 Tips to Improving Your Wireless Signal To Noise Ratio
  8. Wire-Lists #28: Five Tips for Troubleshooting Wireless Mics
  9. Wire-Lists #27: Advice for Navigating The Block 19/470 Overlap
  10. Wire-Lists #26: Developing Sanitation Protocols for Lav Work:
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  12. Wire-Lists #24: Making A Coaxial Dipole Antenna With 6 Items, In 8 Easy Steps
  13. Wire-Lists #23: Phantom Power with M2Rs and Other Receivers, plus 6 Best Practices
  14. Wire-Lists #22: 5 Steps To Getting The Most Out Of The Broadcast Loop
  15. Wire-Lists#21: The #1 Way To Get Flawless Wedding Video Sound With MTCR
  16. Wire-Lists#20: Equipment Disinfection
  17. Wire-Lists#19: ETSI standards, 75 and 50 kHz Deviation for Transmitters, and You
  18. Wire-Lists#18: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 3
  19. Wire-Lists#17: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 2
  20. Wire-Lists#16: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 1
  21. Wire-Lists#15: 4 Things To Check Before We Fix Your Equipment
  22. Wire-Lists#14: My Transmitter Took A Bath! Now What? 5 Steps To Help (plus a bonus tip).
  23. Wire-Lists#13: Three HM Transmitter Hacks (aka “MacGyvers”) for Desperate Situations
  24. Wire-Lists#12: Popular Receiver Antenna Combos
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  26. Wire-Lists#10: 1 Tip to Identify Types, and 9 Ways To Prevent Wireless Mic RF Drop-Outs
  27. Wire-Lists#9: Three Wireless Designer Tips and Tricks
  28. Wire-Lists#8: Why Are You Holding Your Mic Like That? The Dos and Don’ts of RF Attenuation
  29. Wire-Lists#7: Cold Weather Care for Transmitters, Mics and Receivers
  30. Wire-Lists#6: Preventing Pogo Pin Failure In Your SSM
  31. Wire-Lists#5: 4 Ways to Mangle Your Mic
  32. Wire-Lists#4: SM Transmitter Cleaning – Tips for Battery Doors and 5-Pin Jacks
  33. Wire-Lists#3: Lessons On Battery Care For The Long Ranger
  34. Wire-Lists#2: My Transmitter Doesn’t Work! Three Things To Check
  35. Wire-Lists#1: The 4 Don’ts for Preventing Sick Transmitters

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