New York, NY (March 6, 2008)--Michael Bergman, sound supervisor for The Next Food Network Star, with assistance from Peter Schneider at New York City's Gotham Sound, has adopted a wireless solution, comprising Lectrosonics RF gear and JazzMutant's Lemur control surface, to address the complex requirements of the show's production.
According to Bergman, "During taping, as many as 14 people may appear individually or collectively, and they are followed by six handheld cameras roaming the kitchen-equipped studio. Conversations can include all contestants or they may be broken down into smaller groups. In addition to recording the production audio to two Fostex DV824 digital 8-track recorders, the producers wanted to have an individual audio mix for each camera, but they did not want mixer personnel roaming the floor. The solution was to send wireless mixes to each camera from a central mixer. In the past, this meant potting up and down from a myriad of rotary Aux sends on the console--a method which proved inefficient and frustrating."
The show uses a combination of 12 Lectrosonics UM200 and 26 UM400a beltpack transmitters in conjunction with three fully stocked Venue modular receiver systems as well as 18 Lectrosonics UCR211 and 20 UCR411A receivers. Additionally, producers communicate with talent using a Lectrosonics IFBT4 compact IFB transmitter.
Peter Schneider at equipment sales and rental house Gotham Sound, designed a system--the first of its kind--that met the show's audio production requirements. "With a combination of Lectrosonics equipment and JazzMutant's Lemur touch screen surface controller, we designed a custom solution that enables one sound mixer to quickly route any of sixteen microphones to six automixes on the fly, saving the show both time and money."
The show's audio mixer can see who is appearing on each camera and, using the Lemur to route audio through two Lectrosonics DM84 digital matrix audio processors, switches each mic on or off for each camera mix individually, creating individual camera mixes that are then wirelessly transmitted to each corresponding camera.