Rio Rancho, NM (May 8, 2008)--Tim Denmark specializes in professional audio for aquatic sports and has become the go-to guy whenever the actual sounds of surfing are required. Denmark's method for capturing real surfing audio is so unique it's actually patent pending.
Denmark, owner/operator of Leucadia, CA-based H2audiO and an avid surfer, was inspired to find a way to capture the sound of the waves while surfing Pipeline on Hawaii's North Shore: "As an audio professional, I was bothered by the fact that whenever I watched a televised surfing competition or a movie that included surfing, there never seemed to be any audio."
Denmark's current equipment roster includes 24 Lectrosonics MM400 A and B Series transmitters and 10 Lectrosonics UCR211 UHF receiver systems. "My MM400's have been great," notes Denmark. "I love the fact that these models have removable transmitting antennas, which for this application, is ideal. Lectrosonics has been very supportive of my efforts and has provided me with extended transmitting antennas for my units."
The process of wiring a surfer for audio involves a specially made Lycra shirt, or rash guard, that has a pocket on the inside middle of the back. Sewn into the rash guard is a channel that extends from the pocket up to the collar. The MM400 transmitter is secured into the pocket with Velcro. The transmitter's antenna and a Countryman B3 lavaliere microphone with a water resistant capsule extend from the transmitter up the shirt's channel to the collar. The antenna is attached to the back of the shirt while the mic is affixed to the front of the collar.
Depending upon the nature of the event, Denmark and his Lectrosonics UCR211 receivers equipped with high-powered, directional, helical receiving antennas can be found on land, on a boat or even on a scaffold perched far out over the water.