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Social Media WireLists35 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. We reached out to a few sound pros in the know, and this list is Part 1 of a multi-part series around how other users approach this exercise.

First, we’ll hear from Bal Rayat.

Bal is a UK-based Sound Recordist and long-time Lectrosonics user:

How he sets up receivers (SRB and SRC): 

“Always set the receivers to line level (as that what Lectrosonics are natively) at +0dBu. I engage the tone on the receiver and set the level on the mixer so that the level is slightly over 0dBu.”

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One of the most misunderstood settings on a wireless audio transmitter is the audio input gain, and we’ll explain some basics on how to set yours to get the results that you need. It’s easier than you think!

Most Lectrosonics transmitters allow variable gain in 1dB steps over a range of 44dB. The SSM offers an additional 7dB of attenuation at the bottom end of the gain range, to use with high output lav mics or with loud singers (typical in musical theater situations). Our HM and HMa plug-ons give you an additional 10db of gain at the top end to use with low sensitivity dynamic mics. Why do we offer this level of fine control? To optimize the signal to noise ratio – but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Social Media WireLists33 300pxTroubleshooting Possible Reasons For What You're Hearing

Our Service Department are like mechanics in that we frequently get calls that start with, "I turned on/was using my (product) and heard this sound..." This list will discuss the types of sounds you might hear and give you some examples, along with what you can do to help figure the root cause/s of the issues.

In order to help troubleshoot, we need to know (or you need to consider):

Social Media WireLists32 2 300pxWe've covered antennas for transmitters and receivers in a few of our previous Wire Lists. This week, we share 4 quick antenna tips that we might not have touched on prior:

The Straw Hack

Wireless signals are readily absorbed by anything containing water, which is why we advise not to let transmitter antennas touch the body or skin since this will reduce range due to the attenuated signal. What do you do in those situations where this is inevitable? Grab a straw! A regular drinking straw – opaque or clear both work - cut to the size of the antenna and slipped over it, will prevent skin contact and ensure that your signal remains strong. Another variant of this approach is to use aquarium air tubing.

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  3. Wire-Lists #28: Five Tips for Troubleshooting Wireless Mics
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  7. Wire-Lists #24: Making A Coaxial Dipole Antenna With 6 Items, In 8 Easy Steps
  8. Wire-Lists #23: Phantom Power with M2Rs and Other Receivers, plus 6 Best Practices
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  11. Wire-Lists#20: Equipment Disinfection
  12. Wire-Lists#19: ETSI standards, 75 and 50 kHz Deviation for Transmitters, and You
  13. Wire-Lists#18: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 3
  14. Wire-Lists#17: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 2
  15. Wire-Lists#16: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 1
  16. Wire-Lists#15: 4 Things To Check Before We Fix Your Equipment
  17. Wire-Lists#14: My Transmitter Took A Bath! Now What? 5 Steps To Help (plus a bonus tip).
  18. Wire-Lists#13: Three HM Transmitter Hacks (aka “MacGyvers”) for Desperate Situations
  19. Wire-Lists#12: Popular Receiver Antenna Combos
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  21. Wire-Lists#10: 1 Tip to Identify Types, and 9 Ways To Prevent Wireless Mic RF Drop-Outs
  22. Wire-Lists#9: Three Wireless Designer Tips and Tricks
  23. Wire-Lists#8: Why Are You Holding Your Mic Like That? The Dos and Don’ts of RF Attenuation
  24. Wire-Lists#7: Cold Weather Care for Transmitters, Mics and Receivers
  25. Wire-Lists#6: Preventing Pogo Pin Failure In Your SSM
  26. Wire-Lists#5: 4 Ways to Mangle Your Mic
  27. Wire-Lists#4: SM Transmitter Cleaning – Tips for Battery Doors and 5-Pin Jacks
  28. Wire-Lists#3: Lessons On Battery Care For The Long Ranger
  29. Wire-Lists#2: My Transmitter Doesn’t Work! Three Things To Check
  30. Wire-Lists#1: The 4 Don’ts for Preventing Sick Transmitters

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