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Sony Launches Wireless Microphone Systems Supporting Multi-Interface Shoe with Digital Audio Interface and Advanced XDCAM Camcorder Integration
Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2019
 

UWP-D Series Comes in New Lightweight Design and Includes "NFC SYNC" Feature for Quick Frequency Setting

LAS VEGAS — April 7, 2019 — Sony Electronics has announced an addition to its UWP-D series wireless microphone systems, offering superior sound quality with support for Multi-Interface Shoe™ (MI shoe) and a new Digital Audio Interface. The UWP-D series enables direct digital audio recording and delivers high sound quality with low noise by skipping the D/A and A/D process in combination with a new SMAD-P5 MI shoe adaptor and Sony's PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190 XDCAM camcorders, which will enable this capability through a firmware upgrade planned for September 2019. The new UWP-D can provide audio information on the viewfinder for enhanced usability in the field.

Sony will exhibit the new systems at NAB 2019, Booth #C11001 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11.

The new UWP-D series microphones include a unique "NFC SYNC" feature, which provides a frequency setting between the transmitter and the receiver. The wireless systems' reduced size and weight enable the mobility required for a wide range of applications, including news, remote, documentary, sports and wedding production.

Planned to be available in the summer of 2019, the new UWP-D series will include the following range of audio components:

UWP-D21: URX-P40 Portable Receiver and UTX-B40 Bodypack Transmitter

UWP-D22: URX-P40 Portable Receiver and UTX-M40 Handheld Wireless Microphone

UWP-D26: URX-P40 Portable Receiver and UTX-B40 Bodypack Transmitter & UTX-P40 Plug-on Transmitter

"As high-resolution content, including 4K, becomes more prevalent in the video production industry, we are seeing an increase in demand for audio solutions to match this content and offer a fully-immersive viewing experience," said Theresa Alesso, Pro division president, Sony Electronics. "Modern content professionals are faced with the challenge of capturing high-quality audio within a short amount of time and with limited resources available. At Sony, we continuously work with our customers to ensure our solutions address the real-life needs of content professionals in the field. Our new range of wireless microphones, which offer superb audio quality, hassle-free operation and easy integration with existing Sony products, are a testament to this commitment."

The new UWP-D series offers easy integration with Sony XDCAM camcorders, the PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190. It shares audio information such as RF level meter, audio mute status and low battery alerts for the transmitters, and displays them on the viewfinder. Utilizing the SMAD-P5 MI shoe, audio signals are transmitted from the wireless receiver to a connected camera without a cable connection. Power is managed effectively because the wireless receiver can receive power from the camera, while the camera can synchronize power on/off with the receiver. SMAD-P5 is compatible with select models of Sony cameras that have MI shoe with analog audio interface.

With one-man operation by videographers becoming commonplace, simple and quick channel setting for reliable RF transmission is crucial. The new "NFC SYNC" feature is designed for easy frequency setting. By simply holding the NFC SYNC button on the receiver for a few seconds, it automatically scans for the appropriate frequency.

The UWP-D series is compact and lightweight for versatile operation in range of applications. The new UTX-B40 bodypack transmitter has been reduced in total weight by approximately 20 percent when compared to previous models. The length of the URX-P04 receiver with the new SMAD-P5 MI shoe adaptor has been drastically shortened, making it easy for use with compact camcorders or smaller digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.

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