Lectrosonics PDR – Portable Digital Recorder

$769.00 USD

When the distance is extreme or using a wireless microphone is not practical, the PDR recorder can travel with your subject and capture professional quality audio, synchronized with timecode.


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Lectrosonics PDR

When the distance is extreme or using a wireless microphone is not practical, the PDR recorder can travel with your subject and capture professional quality audio, synchronized with timecode. It’s tiny size is unobtrusive and easily placed in garments and costumes, and easy to conceal when used as a “plant” microphone to capture environmental or location sound.

With a time code sync at the start of the production, the audio track is easily placed accurately in the timeline of a video clip. The industry standard .wav (BWF) file format is compatible with essentially any audio or video editing software.

The recorder can also be tethered to a camera to capture a higher quality or backup audio recording. The headphone output doubles as a line output to feed the AV input on a camera.

The input connector is the industry standard TA5M jack that accepts any mic or line level signal, and provides bias voltage to power a wide variety of electret lavaliere microphones. The input connection and wiring is compatible with microphones pre-wired for use with Lectrosonics professional wireless microphone transmitters.

Setup and adjustment is made through an intuitive interface provided by the keypad and LCD. In keeping with typical Lectrosonics mechanical designs, the housing is machined from a solid aluminum billet for the ruggedness
needed in field production.

The tiny size of the PDR makes it easy to conceal in costuming or be conveniently placed when used as a “plant” microphone to record environmental or location sound.

The input/jack panel works with microphones wired for Lectrosonics wireless transmitters with TA5F connectors. The micro SD card slot is covered by a flexible “flap” style cover. A standard 3.5 mm TRS jack provides audio output for headphones and line levels signals. A 5-pin LEMO connector is used to synchronize (“jam”) timecode for video and film production.

The battery compartment is a machined aluminum assembly hinged to the housing.

Key Features:

  • Professional quality digital audio recordingsin Broadcast Wave Format
  • Ultra compact size for easy concealment
  • Records to micro SD cards (HC) type
  • Wide range input gain adjustment for mic to line level signals
  • Time code sync from external source
  • Standard Lectrosonics TA5M input jack
  • Lectrosonics “servo bias” input preamp
  • Solid machined aluminum construction
  • Over six hours of operation on a single AAA lithium battery


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Storage media: Micro SD (HC type)
File format: .wav files (BWF)
A/D converter: 24-bit
Sampling rate: 48 kHz
Recording modes/Bit rate:
  • HD mono mode: 192 kHz
  • Split gain mode: 384 kHz
Type: Analog mic/line level compatible; servo bias preamp for 2V and 4V lavaliere microphones
Input level:
  • Dynamic mic: 0.5 mV to 50 mV
  • Electret mic: (need spec in uA?)
  • Liwne level: 17 mV to 1.7 V
Input connector: TA5M 5-pin male
Headphone/Line: -
Connector: 3.5 mm mini jack; TRS
Maximum level: -3 dBu (575 mV RMS)
Audio Performance 
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz; +0.5/-1.5 dB
Signal to Noise ratio:
  • HD mono mode: 105 dB A-weighted
  • Split gain mode: 80 dB A-weighted
Distortion: < 0.035%
Time Code 
Connector: 5-pin LEMO
Signal voltage: 0.5 Vp-p to 5Vp-p
Input impedance: 10 k Ohms
Format: SMPTE 12M - 1999 compliant
Battery Power/Life 
Power consumption: 300 mW
Battery type: AAA Lithium non-rechargeable (recommended)
AAA Lithium: 6.5 hours typical
AAA alkaline 2 to 3 hours; varies with brand
Operating temperature range 
Celsius: -20 to 50
Fahrenheit : -4 to 122
Dimensions and Weight 
Dimensions: Inches: 2.37H x 2.14W x 0.67D
Millimeters: 60H x 54W x 17D
Weight: 71 grams (2.5 ozs.) w/ AAA Lithium battery