Lectrosonics DBSM/DBSMD Bodypack Transmitters Named as a Finalist for NAMM TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

“The latest generation DBSM/DBSMD bring body-worn transmitters into the digital era, with a host of important features.”

Rio Rancho, NM (January 20, 2022) -- Lectrosonics is pleased to announce that the DBSM single battery/DBSMD dual-battery bodypack transmitters have been nominated as a finalist for the 37th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards for Technical Achievement in the category of Wireless Technology. The NAMM TEC awards recognize innovative product design and excellence in audio and sound production, with outstanding technical achievement including 21 categories which span across the professional audio product spectrum. 

The DBSM/DBSMD transmitters are fully compatible with Lectrosonics DSQD digital receiver, DCHR digital portable receiver, and DCR822 compact dual channel digital receiver and feature a tuning range covering both the A1 and B1 bands from 470 to 608 MHz (470 to 614 MHz for the E01 international versions). Both include specially developed, high efficiency circuitry for extended operating time on AA batteries, and offer RF power selections at 10, 25 and 50 mW. In addition, a new, selectable high-density transmission mode (HDM) allows for much tighter channel spacing, yielding more than double the operating frequencies per available spectrum. Firmware updates are now available for the DSQD, DCHR, and DCR822 receivers, and updates for the Mac and PC versions of Wireless Designer software, to make use of this this new high-density mode.

With an audio frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz in standard transmission mode, a dynamic range of 112 dB, and a flat in-band phase response, the DBSM and DBSMD provide studio-grade sound, with low noise, for the most demanding productions.

The DBSM and DBSMD can be configured as either transmitters or recorders, with files stored on microSD card memory in the industry standard Broadcast Wave .wav (BWF) format at 24 bits, 48 kHz sample rate. The TA5M mic/line connector also acts as a timecode input for jam sync with master clocks on set, making audio file alignment quick and easy in post-production. The internal clock provides accuracy of <1ppm for all-day operation.

The microSD memory card can also be used to update the units’ firmware in the field. The DBSM and DBSMD respond to remote “dweedle tone” commands, available via 3rd party apps such as New Endian’s LectroRM and PDR Remote, allowing users to change settings including frequency, audio level, lock/unlock, and to start or stop recording.

The durable, machined aluminum housings are the same size and shape as the previous generation SMWB and SMDWB units so that standard accessories are compatible, including belt clips, battery eliminators, and pouches. The input wiring is also the same as previous generation SM Series transmitters, allowing the use of existing lavaliere and headset microphones wired for either servo-bias or “universal” inputs, along with adapter cables for line inputs and dynamic mics. The two-way IR port ensures quick setup and allows for data sharing between units including frequency tuning groups and encryption keys when in shared key management mode.

The DBSM and DBSMD support encryption in a 256 bit AES, CTR mode format for robust security, meeting FIPS 197 and 140-2 standards. Four different key management modes can be employed, including Universal – where all units in the system share the same default key; Shared – where a unique key is created and can be shared between transmitters and between transmitters and receivers; Standard – where a unique key is created but cannot be shared between transmitters or from transmitters to receivers; and Volatile – where every session requires a new key.

“Lectrosonics are pleased that the TEC Awards have recognized the significant technical achievement of these new transmitters,” says Karl Winkler, VP of sales & marketing at Lectrosonics, Inc. “The latest generation DBSM/DBSMD bring body-worn transmitters into the digital era, with a host of important features.”

The announcement from the TEC Awards follows call for entries of standout technical and creative products and projects that have made a significant impact on modern sound and music. A panel of respected industry voters from pro audio publications as well as members of professional music, technical and creative organizations, along with select NAMM members carefully evaluated each entry before selecting Lectrosonics DBSM/DBSMD transmitters as finalist.

Online voting for the TEC Awards will begin January 20th, coinciding with the opening of NAMM’s Virtual Believe in Music event. Vote for the DBSM/DBSMD for the 2022 TEC Awards here: https://www.tecawards.org/voting-info.

The NAMM TEC award winners will be announced on Saturday June 4, 2022 at the Hilton in Anaheim, California at The NAMM Show, the global gathering which unites the musical instrument, pro audio and entertainment technology industry. 

About Lectrosonics

Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.

About the TEC Awards

Presented annually by NAMM during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 28 Technical and Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit www.tecawards.org

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,400 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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