Sound Devices has announced firmware version 2.00 for the A20-Mini and its companion application A20-Remote. Version 2.00 introduces shared controls for A20-Mini transmitter groups. This means that all transmitters can be powered up and down simultaneously or made to start and stop recording with a single tap from a smartphone or tablet.
The ability to power all transmitters on and off simultaneously will dramatically increase battery life, and being able to start and stop recording on multiple transmitters will streamline workflows during production. Version 2.00 also offers a new “Resume record state upon powering on” option which can help speed up set-up time. This is especially true when combined with the available Auto Power On options for lavalier microphone connections and the PowerStation-8M accessory. A new “LEDs” menu available in v2.00 allows for the status LEDs on the Mini to be turned off.
If you are not familiar with the A20-Mini transmitter, it si Sound Devices first miniature transmitter that incorporates features such as full remote control via the A20-Remote app, GainForward Architecture, internal 32-bit float recording, a worldwide tuning range of 470 MHz – 694 MHz, and more. The A20-Mini is fully compatible with Sound Devices’ existing A10 Digital Wireless System.
In the A20-Remote app, users can now create custom groups with selected transmitters or use an automatically-created all-transmitter group. The high-efficiency Bluetooth 5.2 connection is claimed to provide excellent remote control range and near-instant, simultaneous control.
A20-Remote is available for iOS, iPadOS, and Android phones and tablets. A20-Remote offers control of RF transmit frequency, RF power, the ability to turn the A20-Mini on and off, start and stop recording, mute the microphone, format the media, and more.