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Lectrosonics MTCR Miniature Bodypack Digital Audio Recorder with M152 Lavalier

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Lectrosonics MTCR Miniature Bodypack Digital Audio Recorder with M152 Lavalier
Key Features
  • For Professional Production Sound
  • Broadcast Wave Format
  • Time Code Jam/Sync from External Source
  • Standard Lectrosonics TA5M Input Jack
The Lectrosonics MTCR is a miniature bodypack digital audio recorder with an M152/5P lavalier mic. Designed to clip directly on your talent, it captures audio with time code in circumstances where a wireless transmitter is impractical but high-quality recording from a lav microphone is essential. This professional recorder is ideal for difficult audio capture in situations such as extreme sports, wedding videography, public events, complicated documentary shoots, or reality shows.
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Lectrosonics MTCR Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Time Code and Broadcast Wave Format
  • 3Versatile Input Connection
  • 4Two Record Modes and Recovery Process for Safe Recording
  • 5Easy to Setup and Control via App

The Lectrosonics MTCR is a miniature bodypack digital audio recorder with an M152/5P lavalier mic. Designed to clip directly on your talent, it captures audio with time code in circumstances where a wireless transmitter is impractical but high-quality recording from a lav microphone is essential. This professional recorder is ideal for difficult audio capture in situations such as extreme sports, wedding videography, public events, complicated documentary shoots, or reality shows.

The miniature size is critical to the MTCR's appeal. The recorder weighs only 2.5 oz (with AAA battery) and offers a truly tiny form factor that is unobtrusive and easily hidden in garments and costumes. It is also easy to conceal when used as a "plant" microphone to capture environmental or location sound.

The MTCR provides a headphone output for monitoring the input signal during setup or listening to previously recorded files. Please note that the headphone output does not send audio while recording.

In keeping with typical Lectrosonics mechanical designs, the housing is machined from a solid aluminum billet for the ruggedness needed in field production. The MTCR records to a microSDHC card (up to 32GB) and runs for over 6.5 hours on a single lithium AAA battery.

In addition to the lavalier mic, a 16GB microSDHC, a belt clip, and a AAA battery are included so you have everything you'll need to get started right out of the box.

Time Code and Broadcast Wave Format
  • Professional-quality digital audio recordings in 24-bit/48 kHz Broadcast Wave format
  • The industry-standard BWF/.WAV file format is compatible with essentially any audio or video editing software.
  • The time code input allows you to jam sync the recorder to your timecode source at the start of the production.
  • The audio data file contents include a timing reference to make it easy to synchronize audio in the timeline.
Versatile Input Connection
  • The industry standard TA5M input connector accepts any mic- or line-level signal and provides bias voltage to power a wide variety of electret lavalier microphones.
  • The input connection and wiring is compatible with microphones pre-wired for "compatible" and "servo bias" configurations to feed 5-pin inputs on Lectrosonics wireless microphone transmitters.
Two Record Modes and Recovery Process for Safe Recording
  • HD Mono mode records a single audio track—up to 46 hours on a 32GB card.
  • Split Gain mode records two different tracks, one at the normal level and another at -18 dB as a “safety” track that can be used in place of the normal track in the event that overload distortion (clipping) has occurred on the normal track—up to 23 hours on a 32GB card.
  • The recorder allows for a wide range of input gain adjustments for mic- to line-level signals.
  • Recordings can be reliably recovered even if the card is accidentally removed or the battery dies while a recording is in progress.
Easy to Setup and Control via App
  • Setup and adjustments are made through an intuitive interface provided by the keypad and LCD.
  • The Locked mode protects the recorder from accidental changes to its settings.
  • Convenient remote control is provided via the PDRRemote app (available separately) for iOS and Android.
  • The recorder backlight can be set to turn off after either 5 minutes or 30 seconds, or to stay on continuously.

Lectrosonics MTCR Specs

Portable Recorder
Form Factor
Field Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Audio-for-Video
Number of Tracks
WAV:
1 (1 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels
1
Maximum Sampling Rate
48 kHz / 32-Bit
Number of Microphone Inputs
1
Display
LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
microSDHC (4 GB Up to 32 GB)
Internal Storage
No
Special Features
Remote Control Capable
Recording
Audio File Formats
BWF
Sample Rates
WAV:
48 kHz (Record/Playback)
Bit Depth
24 / 32-Bit (Recording)
24-Bit (A/D Conversion)
Bit Rates
144 to 192 kb/s (HD Mono Mode)
288 to 384 kb/s (Split Gain Mode)
Timecode Support
Yes
Frame Rates Supported
23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Recording Time
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
1 Hr 26 Min per GB (Mono)
Included Software
No
Connectivity
Analog I/O
1x TA5 5-Pin Male Unbalanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
Digital I/O
No
Phantom Power
No
Plug-In Power
Yes, 2 to 4 V
Audio Interface Capability
None
Wireless
No
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: PDR Remote
Functionality: Remote Control
Performance
Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB
Max Output Level
Headphone Outputs:
-3 dBu
Headphone Output Power
575 mW
Dynamic Range
110 dBA
THD
<0.035%
Power
Power Options
Battery
Battery Type
1x AAA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life
6.5 Hours (AAA Lithium, Recording)
AC/DC Power Adapter
VDC Not Included
Physical
Included Accessories
Memory Card, Microphone
Mounting Options
Belt Clip (with Included Hardware)
Operating Temperature
-5 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Dimensions
2.1 x 2.4 x 0.7" / 54 x 60 x 17 mm
Weight
2.5 oz / 71 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.9 x 7.9 x 3"

Lectrosonics MTCR Reviews

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Does this have a limiter or at least dual-level ...

Does this have a limiter or at least dual-level ability like the far cheaper Tascam DR10L? I see things I like about it but with my talent flying solo out there it would be nice to at least equal the Tascam in reassurance for me.
Asked by: Matt
I know this is an old question, but I wanted to clarify that this recorder has both a limiter and a safety track option. In HD mono mode, there is a limiter that can compress as much as 30 dB of info into the top 5 dB of audio to prevent clipping. In the split gain mode, there is a &quot;safety&quot; track recorded at 18 dB lower than the setting. Even in split gain mode, there is a limiter that will kick in if necessary to prevent the safety track from clipping.
Answered by: Tony
Date published: 2024-01-03

Will this give enough gain to power a DPA 4061 ...

Will this give enough gain to power a DPA 4061 lav? The Tasman DR-10's don't...
Asked by: Daniel
No, the DPA 4061 microphone is not compatible for use with the Lectrosonics MTCR recorder, The DPA 4061 requires 5 to 10V to operate but the Lectrosonics MTCR can only supply 2 to 4V of plug-in power.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-06-14

Can you feed continuous time code from a separate ...

Can you feed continuous time code from a separate Timecode device like an Ambient Lockit? My understanding is the clock in the MTCR is not reliable. I realize this is counter productive in terms of overall package size but I might need more accurate TC on some occasions.
Asked by: Christine
Although the Lectrosonics MTCR Miniature Bodypack Digital Audio Recorder with M152 Lavalier will accept an external timecode jam, it does not appear that a hardwired timecode source will be accepted throughout recording. The timecode function may be similar to a &quot;Free Run&quot; jam scenario. With a Lockit hardwired, you may still have to initiate the &quot;Timecode Jam&quot; function each take if you are unconfident in the device's internal clock.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2023-02-22

Can I use a Sanken COS- 11D mic with a TA5F ...

Can I use a Sanken COS- 11D mic with a TA5F connector on the MTCR?
Asked by: Bill
Yes. This will accept a TA5F COS-11D wired for Lectrosonics.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-02-22
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