Sony UWP series microphone review


Jon Pratchett TV-Bay Magazine
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It’s all well and good having a beautifully lit and well framed and focused shot, but if the sound is rubbish then you might as well throw the footage in the bin. Sound is as important as the quality of the video image. This is especially true when interviewing someone or recording a corporate presentation. Here the message is the key reason that the video is being produced and if you can't hear it well then the client is not going to be asking you back again, that’s for sure.
It’s in these situations that a lot of time you will use a lavaliere mic or perhaps in an ENG kind of interview a hand held radio mic. There are a number of popular systems out there, Sennheiser's G3 systems probably being the system seen mostly out there. However I want to throw the suggestion of the new Sony UWP systems out there for your consideration. I have both G3 and UWP systems in my kit, so was very interested to get my hands on the latest version of the UWP system.
Like most portable wireless systems the UWP range includes a hand held transmitter, backpack Lavaliere transmitter, and a plug transmitter for plugging onto the end of an non wireless mic as well of course as the camera mount receiver.
What initially struck me about the new UWP range was how well made they are. The older system I have to say was a bit plasticy, and although strong you always felt as though it would not take a drop from any height without a lot of damage. Not so the new range. It’s an all metal construction. And the packs feel very solid. The 2xAA battery holder slots in the side with a nice solid sounding CLICK! The power button is on the side and although just a simple slide switch is nicely recessed so not to accidentally be caught while in use. If you are used to the old UWP the menu system is very similar. Not as user friendly as the Sennheiser's in my opinion, but easy enough to navigate through. It has a nice channel scanning function to help you find clear channels in your area.
Although not in the menu system, as with G3, the UWP does use a pilot tone on its channels which will prevent the squelch opening up on none UWP transmitters. This is great to keep out unwanted RF interference, but you don't seem to have the option to switch that off, so only UWP transmitters with the UWP receivers.
One addition to the receiver I love about the UWP range is the monitor out socket. This is separate from the main output and is designed for putting your headphones in to monitor what the receiver is picking up. You can use the + & - buttons on the front to adjust the volume. I’ve even used this before to turn a receiver pack into a simple presenters in ear system to talkback.
Moving on to the body pack transmitter, two versions are available the UTX-B2V which comes with an omni-directional mic or the UTX-B2V which comes with a uni-directional mic. Other than that the packs are the same, and of course mice are interchangeable. The packs themselves have mic and line switchable 3.5mm screw lock mic connectors and two output power levels. 5mW for short range use and 30mW for longer range. The same solid metal construction and similar menu controls to the receiver.
The UTX-H2 is their handheld mic, and has the same RF system inside as the body packs, with the same menu options. The mic head is a Uni-directional microphone capsule. The capsule itself is not designed to be removed and replace with a different type, however it is removable and looks as though should it get damaged a replacement can be ordered and fitted without having to send it off to repair.
The UTX-P1 is their plug in transmitter, which as yet I have been unable to test, however I do know it does not supply phantom power so you would have to look up the range if you wish to use a plug with phantom power.
I have used both the handheld and lavaliere mic on many jobs now and have been very impressed. The handheld mic was used on all my interviews at NAB this year and you can have a listen to see what you think. It sounds nice a warm with good off access rejection and from carrying it around for 3 days is not over heavy. The lavaliere mics work very well indeed and I prefer them to the standard mic you get with the G3 systems.
In summary I would recommend to try the Sony UWP series out before you rush off an buy something else. They sound great, and are as solid as a rock, which if like me you use the kit a lot, is very high up on the importance list.

Tags: iss077 | jon pratchett | sony UWP | microphones | sound | review | features | pilot tone | talkback | Jon Pratchett
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  • Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

    Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

    Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

    Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

  • Facilis at IBC 2014

    Facilis at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

  • Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

    Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

  • Volicon Products at IBC 2014

    Volicon Products at IBC 2014

  • Volicon at IBC 2014

    Volicon at IBC 2014

  • NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

    NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Metus at IBC 2014

    Metus at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

  • Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

    Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

  • Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

    Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

  • Autoscript at IBC2011

    Autoscript at IBC2011

  • ChyronHego Paint 7.5 new features shown at IBC 2018

    ChyronHego Paint 7.5 new features shown at IBC 2018

  • AVIWEST at NAB 2016

    AVIWEST at NAB 2016

  • JVC GY-HM70 at NAB 2013

    JVC GY-HM70 at NAB 2013

  • 32 Keypanel Intercoms from Clearcom at NAB 2017

    32 Keypanel Intercoms from Clearcom at NAB 2017

  • RTS at BVE 2017

    RTS at BVE 2017

  • RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

    RTS Omneo at BVE 2014

  • Clear-Com HelixNet Partyline at NAB 2012

    Clear-Com HelixNet Partyline at NAB 2012

  • Trilogy at BVE 2012

    Trilogy at BVE 2012

  • Clear-Com at IBC2011

    Clear-Com at IBC2011


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The Biggest Toy Shop in the World
Emma Morrison When Nigel Woodford started his career at BBC Wood Norton in 1962, television was black and white and BBC Two had not yet been launched. In 2018 Nigel will retire, and Richmond Film Services, the pro-audio equipment rental company set up by Nigel in 1973, can count numerous contributions to iconic moments in British cultural, sporting and film history over this time.
Tags: iss133 | richmond film services | audio rental | auction | liquidity | go-dove | Emma Morrison
Contributing Author Emma Morrison Click to read or download PDF
Ride along on the Tour de Tech at IBC
Lorna Garrett Finding your way through the halls and aisles of the massive IBC can feel a bit like attempting to complete all 21 stages of the Tour de France — but in far fewer days. But have no fear; your team at Garland is all geared up and ready to show you the best on show at this year's exhibition.
Tags: iss133 | garland | liveu | lu600 | media excel | teracue | wisi | broadcast wireless systems | bws | artel | ibc | Lorna Garrett
Contributing Author Lorna Garrett Click to read or download PDF
Creating Authentic Content That Counts
Frank le Mair We’re deep into the 2010’s and the way in which we consume content has changed forever. Broadcasters and content owners are fighting for eyeballs in a saturated market where consumers are watching their favourite shows on different devices across a number of platforms. To target millennials and younger generations, who generally consume short bursts of video on YouTube and social media - particularly Snapchat, Instagram and now IGTV - media companies are creating more and more authentic stories and are using platforms that are compelling for this demographic. Unlike generations before them, they have totally new video viewing patterns and ideals.
Tags: iss133 | insight tv | monster energy | amazon | millennial | Frank le Mair
Contributing Author Frank le Mair Click to read or download PDF
Peli Air 1507 Review
Phil Vinter Originally named after a bird that carries its precious cargo through the skies, it was, perhaps, only a matter of time before Peli released its Air range.
Tags: iss133 | peli | peli air 1507 | trekpak | Phil Vinter
Contributing Author Phil Vinter Click to read or download PDF
The Pace of Change
Dick Hobbs - new

The youngest human to stand on the moon (so far) was Charles Moss, the lunar module pilot of Apollo 16. Charlie had a wonderful claim: his father witnessed the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, and lived to see his son on the moon.

Does anything capture the speed of technological advance better than that? The whole of the history of powered flight in one lifetime.

Tags: iss133 | state of the nation | st2110 | st2110-10 | Dick Hobbs - new
Contributing Author Dick Hobbs - new Click to read or download PDF