A new micro digital recorder, the PDR (Personal Digital Recorder) has been introduced for professional use. Lectrosonics says the PDR could be used in situations where a wireless microphone is not practical, as the PDR recorder can travel with a subject and capture professional quality audio, synchronised with timecode. The tiny size and rounded shape make the PDR unobtrusive and easy to place in garments and costumes, said the company, adding it would be easy to conceal when used as a ‘plant’ microphone to capture environmental or location sound.
The PDR records in 24-bit, 48kHz digital onto a Micro SD card (HC type) in the .wav format. Setup is accessed via the keypad and LCD.
The PDR 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.
The housing is machined from a solid aluminium billet, then hard anodised for the ruggedness needed in field production.
The input connector is the industry standard TA5M jack that accepts any mic or line level signal, and provides bias voltage to power a wide variety of electret lavaliere microphones.
The input connection and wiring is compatible with microphones pre-wired for use with Lectrosonics professional wireless microphone transmitters with servo bias type inputs.
Lectrosonics claimed the PDR runs for over six hours on a single lithium AAA battery, it measures 60mm x 54mm x 17mm, and weighs 71g with battery.