Alteros Expands GTX Series L.A.W.N. Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System with New Handheld Transmitters
Alteros has introduced two new handheld transmitters: the GTX24-HHP (performer handheld) and GTX24-HHB (broadcast handheld), along with a remote and network control platform for its GTX Series L.A.W.N. (Local Area Wireless mic Network) Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System.
The GTX Series L.A.W.N. UWB system is a broadcast/live performance solution that they claim offers immunity to radio frequency spectrum regulatory changes, bandwidth loss and channel crowding. The GTX L.A.W.N. UWB system is a digital 6.5 GHz solution that sets up without the need for frequency coordination, database registration, licenses or complicated support equipment.
The latest additions joining the GTX3224 control unit, GTX24 body-pack transmitter and GTX32 transceiver include the GTX24-HHP (performer handheld) and GTX24-HHB (broadcast handheld) microphone transmitters. The GTX24-HHP “performer”” version wireless handheld mic is intended for live performance applications and features a lightweight design which accepts popular thread-on microphone capsules using a 1.25″/28 thread pitch, allowing the performer to select the preferred microphone sound and performance from a wide range of manufacturers, including the new selection of Audio-Technica capsules. The GTX24-HHB “broadcaster” version wireless handheld mic includes additional features such as a dedicated “flag mount” section and incorporated “talkback button.” The GTX24-HHB also incorporates interchangeable microphone capsule mounts, allowing for maximum flexibility in sound and performance. Available this summer, the GTX24-HHP (performer) and GTX24-HHB (broadcast) handhelds will round out the Alteros GTX L.A.W.N system, making this wireless microphone system the ultimate in performance and flexibility.
The GTX Series system is currently available with three key components: the GTX3224 control unit, GTX24 body-pack transmitter and GTX32 transceiver. The GTX24-HHP (performer handheld) and GTX24-HHB (broadcast handheld) transmitters will be available in Q3 of 2018. No additional filters, combiners or distribution amplifiers are required.
The GTX3224 simultaneously supports up to 24 channels, an additional 24 channels of talkback audio and eight group assignment channels in just 3U of rack space. The unit features MADI, Dante and AES67 digital outputs that are all available simultaneously and allow for seamless integration with IP-based infrastructures. Fiber outputs support long-distance runs. The 7-inch front-panel touchscreen provides access to system settings, monitoring tools, performance reports and other controls.
Up to 32 GTX32 transceivers may be deployed, connecting to the GTX3224 over standard shielded Cat 5 cable, which is operational to 1,000 feet. The GTX Series system’s powerful management software maximizes operational efficiency, enabling users to set up and confirm operation of 32 transceivers and 24 transmitters in only a few hours.
The GTX24 body-pack transmitter is terminated with a standard LEMO connector, and may be operated with the user’s preference of several popular high-quality microphone brands or one of two Alteros Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphones, the GTX899 or the GTX899SW, latter equipped with an in-line talkback switch. The GTX24’s talkback function allows talent to easily speak to production staff, eliminating the need for a separate wired talkback box, or may be used as a momentary “cough switch.”
Broadcast-friendly features of the GTX3224 control unit include two separate and fully redundant AC power supplies and the ability to synchronize directly to the house clock, with failover to an accurate internal clock. The front-panel GUI offers a real-time battery gauge that displays the remaining operational time for each transmitter and additionally allows users to set custom battery level alerts. The unit may be remotely monitored and controlled from a PC or computer network and offers a timestamped event logger tool that can track and record the performance of every GTX32 and GTX24 for up to one month.
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