Stow, OH (April 19, 2010)–Audio supervisor Noel Dannemiller relied exclusively on Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems for sound acquisition during production of Discovery Channel’s upcoming reality show, Auction.
The complex wireless set-up fed a mix of six microphone inputs from each of the two location sound mixers to the main A and B cameras while also allowing a third camera operator to select any of the five talent mic channels or the mix from either sound mixer.
A wide selection of Audio-Technica wired and wireless equipment was used on the show, including AT899 subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphones and BP896 MicroPoint subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphones for the five main contributors; boom-mounted BP4073 line + gradient condenser microphones, BP4071 line + gradient condenser microphones and AT4053b hypercardioid condenser microphones; camera-mount ATW-R1820 Dual Receivers; ATW-T1801 UniPak body-pack transmitters; and ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones. “I was really happy with the performance of the Audio-Technica solution for our show,” said Dannemiller, who owns Lock 18, Inc., a location audio services provider based in Akron, OH.
Dannemiller outfitted each of the five on-camera contributors with a lavalier mic and associated ATW-T1801 body-pack transmitter. “The AT899 is a nice natural-sounding mic,” he reported. “When we had problems hiding the AT899, we would switch to the BP896 sub-miniature lav mic.”
The BP4071 long (15″) shotgun was used for exterior scenes. “When used with an experienced operator, the BP4071 allowed us to key in on the main subject while rejecting unwanted background noise for optimal sound,” explained Dannemiller. “Since the BP4073 short (9″) shotgun has a wider pickup range than the BP4071, I chose it for exterior situations with multiple contributors.”
The AT4053b condenser mic was employed for sit-down interviews and group round table meetings. “Its hypercardioid capsule had enough reach and pattern width to cover the group of contributors without impeding on the camera frame,” he observed.