Question: What features does the System 10 Camera-Mount have?
Answer: The world of wireless is in a constant state of uncertainty, what with the FCC auctions to reallocate portions of the UHF spectrum and the ever-expanding needs of non-microphone-related wireless devices (e.g., cell phones, Wi-Fi, home automation, etc.). What we can be certain of is that the available RF spectrum is finite.
Audio-Technica’s System 10 wireless products operate in the 2.4 GHz range, well outside of the congested TV bands. And whereas traditional wireless microphones need to be coordinated, System 10 products feature automatic frequency selection for seamless, interference-free operation. The System 10 Camera-Mount harnesses this technology in a low-profile, portable wireless microphone system for the professional broadcaster and hobbyist alike.
The System 10 Camera-Mount boasts 24-bit/48 kHz digital audio with none of the companding found in traditional analog wireless systems. The result is excellent audio quality, which is an extremely important (if often overlooked) part of good video production. The Camera-Mount receiver is powered by an internal, rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides about 12 hours of use on a full charge. This can prove a valuable feature for mobile broadcast setups that require a high-quality audio solution. Additionally, the receiver may be operated while charging, using a standard USB-style power supply. Long days on the set happen, and Audio-Technica made certain that the System 10 Camera-Mount would function even when charging was required.
The Camera-Mount’s ability to automatically select the best frequency is accomplished through the pairing process that occurs between transmitter and receiver. In traditional wireless systems, transmitters send out a signal that can be picked up by any number of receivers. Conversely, the System 10 pairing technology establishes a direct communication link between the transmitter and the receiver. In fact, once paired, the two actually function as transceivers – both sending and receiving signals and constantly monitoring the spectrum for open frequencies.
The Camera-Mount system also allows for the pairing of multiple transmitters to a single receiver. This function is often confused with using multiple transmitters simultaneously with a single receiver, but this is not the case. Rather, this function allows the receiver to, in effect, remember up to eight transmitters, so that users can quickly move from one transmitter to the next without having to pair the new transmitter each time. This multi-pairing function might, for example, be useful to the audio staff on a shoot – they can put microphones on all the talent at the beginning of the day and then simply turn the paired transmitters on and off as needed. On a set, time is of the essence!
The System 10 Camera-Mount wireless system is filled with features that are on the top of the broadcast industry’s wish list for audio: exceptional sound, portability, reliability, and ease of use. The key points reviewed above only scratch the surface of what the System 10 Camera-Mount has to offer; you may wish to explore this technology further to see if it will suit your needs. Feel free to contact our Audio Solutions Department who will be happy to answer all your questions.