Savannah, GA (May 22, 2009)–Peter Damski, CAS, professor of sound design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), recently purchased four Lectrosonics packages for student location sound projects.
SCAD encompasses a dedicated program for sound design students that includes opportunities to work with dialog, sound effects and Foley. With student films approaching 40 projects in a single quarter, the school’s equipment receives heavy use.
“I discovered that the equipment being used for location sound work was quite antiquated,” said Damski, a veteran of Hollywood’s television production community who continues to work as an independent production sound mixer. “As a result, the students were being handicapped by gear that wasn’t functioning up to par and this negatively impacted the way they approached their projects.”
For wireless microphones, Damski purchased four Lectrosonics VR Field wideband receivers. Each battery-powered modular receiver system is stocked with three VRS modules, providing room for expansion upwards to a total of six channels per unit. On the transmitter side of the equation, he purchased 12 Lectrosonics SM Series beltpack transmitters for lavaliere microphones and two UH400a plug-on transmitters for use with conventional microphones. All of the equipment utilizes Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless Technology.
“I bought this gear to accurately reflect the nature of today’s location sound work,” explained Damski. “I knew from my own experience it would serve the school well and it was important for me to introduce products of this caliber to the students.”
Damski continued, “We created two timecode kits utilizing Sound Devices 702T field recorders with PSC (Professional Sound Corporation) Alphamixers, and two non-timecode kits using Sound Devices 722 recorders with Wendt NGS X4 audio mixers. We have an astonishing workload here, so the equipment is in constant use. I’ve given my students the option to call me any day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. should they encounter issues with the equipment. Thus far, I haven’t received a single call about the Lectrosonics gear. I believe this says wonders about Lectrosonics’ overall performance.”