Deity HD-TX Combines Audio Recording and Transmission In One Device

Deity HD-TX Combines Audio Recording and Transmission In One Device


Here’s the new transmitter
recorder from Deity. cinema5D at IBC 2019
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I’m here with Andrew from Deity, How are you? -How are you? I’m having a great time,
this is a great show. Just the first day, already
a great show? It’s been a great show,
just the first day. we’ve had a lot of great
people stop by, I’ve met a lot of wonderful
people in the setup, in the process of flying in and I love IBC. This is an optimistic man, but maybe there is
a good reason, because… …Deity is showing for the first
time what looks like a a transmitter but actually, what is the extra here? So, what we’ve actually built into this
it looks like a plug on transmitter that every brand makes. You got an XLR microphone,
you want to transmit. this way you normally would buy. And what we said was
‘let’s go above and beyond, let’s add a lavalier input to this unit and that didn’t fill up
the whole unit we saw space on the circuit board,
we said ‘ok let’s add a recorder’. So we added a microSD
recorder into the unit and then we actually added an internal
lithium battery that’s 2600 mA. And I have to say the whole
thing is quite lightweight so, what we have here is a transmitter
with, let’s say, a backup recorder. Yeah, and if you actually
need a primary recorder it could be your primary recorder if you’re doing something
radio out there or some kind of situation
in which you can’t use a wirelesS-microphone like
a national sports tournament where they have restricted wireless
to only certain news divisions and you show up at
the last minute and they’re like ‘oh, we’re out of frequencies’. Well, if that’s the case, you
can’t just say to your producer ‘oh, you know we
can’t get audio today’, you now have a recorder
you could plug it into a handheld still do interviews without having to worry about stepping
onto someone else’s frequencies in a situation like that. One thing that I really like
about it is connectivity. Obviously, it has the professional XLR but you can also choose
mini plug, like 3.5. So it’s actually got a mono
3.5 mm locking jack but also it acts as a stereo line input. This is a stereo transmitter. Very nice. Do I have to choose in the menu
what I’m actually outputting or it’s seamless, it’s automatically. What you do is when you plug it in here on your home screen you’ll actually
see it says XLR has been selected or TRS. As soon as you select XLR the first
thing it wants you to do is go ‘do you want phantom or not’. so it automatically presents you with
that option as soon as you choose XLR so you don’t accidentally forget. Then you sit there and fiddle like
‘why am I not getting vu meters’. We want to make it this
as seamless as possible as soon as you start
working with the menu it just flows and makes
sense to the user. On top of all that, as soon
as you hit record it just automatically knows based on what you already
selected for your transmission that’s also the signal you want to record. So we really try to make it
as simple as possible for the user. You’re talking about the phantom power. When I use the phantom
power, battery-wise, Am I consuming much more? No, the internal lithium
battery, like I said, is 2600 mA. If I was at 50 milliwatts,
which is half the power, but 50 milliwatts for a boom is still a lot, or a recorder mike from
like we’re doing now, you could definitely get
away with 10 milliwatts but at 50 milliwatts with phantom power
and the recorder recording you still get 10 hours. Mathematics! Okay! When it comes to
-let’s call it- audio resolution what am I actually recording? What you’re recording
is a raw audio signal coming directly from thiS-microphone 24-bit 48 kHz PCM wave. I mean, it’s lossless audio. And that’s with an analog limiter. So in case you are
getting very very loud the analog limiter will start
to cut off the audio at 5.5 dB so you’re not going to sit there and clip. Can you record simultaneously to
two channels and protect yourself? The analog limiters are there
to protect yourself so you actually don’t
need the dual channel. Okay, but you know how
it is sometimes. I thought like with some
of the other devices you can actually record dual channels one is a bit higher,
the other one’s a bit lower and I’ve seen already with some
limiters that it’s not 100% working. I hope here it’s working well enough but in that case it’s not really
possible with that device. A lot of devices out there actually don’t
have the analog limiters though. They have the digital limiter, so after you’ve already clipped
at your A to D converter yeah, that limiter is not gonna
do all that much. That’s why we put the limiter
in front of the A to D converter. So that it doesn’t actually give you the
need for that secondary audio track. Clear. And with all the beauty of this you still need the microphone, so you are also introducing
a new microphone which is… This little guy right here. Actually it’s really lightweight. This is the S-mic 2S? Yes, S-mic 2S, it is fashioned after our
flagship microphone our S-mic 2, which is the one that we used
tu launch the brand. a lot of people love that microphone but a lot of people said
it’s too long for indoor use. And they all said it’s too
heavy at the end of the day. They wanted something that they
could use all day for a long work day. So, we said ‘cool, let’s
shave the weight we’ll get it down well below half as well as make it only about 12 cm long. And the audio characteristic is the same
as their -let’s call it- older brother? Yeah, it’s identical in fact. It’s the exact same capsule,
very similar circuitry on the inside that way, if you have an S-mic 2, that
now becomes your outdoor microphone. You use this as your
indoor microphone and when you’re cutting -say-
a scene together and someone’s outside
and also we’re inside later in the film or later
in the project, your audio guy in post doesn’t
need to actually do a lot of EQ work to make this microphone sound
like this microphone. They just flow. Okay, so I’m transmitting to what? So you’re transmitting to
the Duo RXD connect system. This guy right here,
which is a dual channel receiver. And this is not new we have to be very clear that
that’s already in the market and you have been using it
with other devices. Dual channel, just to elaborate
a little bit for for the audience? What is dual channel? Dual channel is a two channel receiver
which means two lavalier packs right now could go
to the same receiver and the end user can
either select XLR mode and go into something like this mix pre or you can actually go DSLR mode and go into your mirrorless
cameras or DSLR’s. What that means is you don’t have to carry
around all this rigging equipment of like ‘oh, cool, I’ve got
this single channel, I’ve got another single channel and you got all of a sudden
like four batteries, you’ve got all this extra cables it can get to be a pain and a hassle. And we wanted to put it
all internal in one unit. So I can use two of those, you can use two of these,
you could use one of each, you can combine any way you want. Okay, that all makes sense. It’s all very nice. And let’s go to pricing and availability and let’s please start
with the recorder-transmitter. So this guy is only gonna
come in at $249 US. He was laughing, not me. Yeah, because every time
I tell people that they’re like ‘wait, that’s it?’. Yeah, $249, that’s all
we’re gonna charge. The kit right now is $669. When you say kit, you’re talking
about which components? The two lavalier packs
and the dual body pack receiver. Okay, but that’s already in the market. I don’t want to confuse the people, so this is $249. This is 249 by itself, if you want to get one transmitter
and one transmitter-recorder and the dual receiver
that’s gonna be $729. So it’s only like a $60 increase
over the current kit. And the mic? And the short microphone that
is going to be, I think it’s $319 US, coming out in about a month. This one is in a month and the recorder-transmitter? It’s about a month and a half away. Okay, Andrew. It’s a lot, I know. It’s a lot, but it’s interesting, it’s interesting because obviously
as a documentary filmmaker this type of equipment can help a lot. Yeah, very nice. I hope it will function well in the field but hopefully we can test it soon. Good, thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much for watching and please don’t forget to subscribe
to our YouTube channel, thank you, guys.

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