New York (February 8, 2007)–The largest indoor Bluegrass event in the world, the Wintergrass festival, will be held from February 22 – 25, 2007 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Tacoma, WA. The event will include performances by Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, and Hamilton de Holanda, which will be recorded by Forssell Technologies, Inc., using Lectrosonics SM series transmitters and Venue receivers for backline wireless capability.
According to Fred Forssell, president of Forssell Technologies, “Maintaining tone quality is the overriding concern on this event. The instrumentalists are all leading players in their field and their instruments produce a tremendously rich sound quality. I was originally hesitant to go wireless, as my prior experience has been disappointing due to the frequently thin and compressed sound of wireless equipment, but after speaking with Bruce Meyer, president of DPA Microphones, who strongly encouraged me to go with Lectrosonics, I’m really quite excited about this project.”
Forssell will be deploying prototype sub-miniature cardioid microphones from DPA. These microphones will be mounted on the instruments and then interfaced with the Lectrosonics SM transmitters. At the mix position, a Lectrosonics Venue receiver stocked with four channels will deliver signal to the recording equipment.
“This arrangement will provide the performers the freedom of movement they require while simultaneously enabling me to capture the full sound of their instruments,” said Forssell. “These players are very visually dynamic, and with their considerable movement, the traditional method of using a wired microphone is simply not an option for this application.”
Forssell noted that while each of the artists’ instruments had internal pickups, they weren’t seriously considered for the recording. “We wanted a sound quality that is better than what’s possible with the internal pickups,” said Forssell. “While there was some discussion about mounting the sub-miniature mics and running a direct line, this was also deemed unacceptable. It’s one thing to unplug a quarter-inch connector, but the prospect of dealing with the more cumbersome XLR connector was not considered an option in the intensity of a live performance. The Lectrosonics wireless capability–with the small form factor of the SM series transmitter–makes the most sense for this type of situation. All the reports I’ve heard indicate Lectrosonics’ technology produces a wired quality. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback, so I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”