Paradise Island, Bahamas (May 15, 2009)–Audio supervisor and sound designer Mike Abbott recently met the challenges of forthcoming TV show The Superstars with his sizeable arsenal of Lectrosonics wireless gear.
On location in the Bahamas, Abbott faced heat, humidity, plenty of water and athletic competition in order to capture the show’s audio. The Superstars is best described as a reworked version of the ’70s ABC show, Battle of the Network Stars. Produced by Juma Entertainment for ABC TV, the show features a variety of competitions among teams of popular TV performers and encompasses swimming, biking and climbing as part of the activities.
“My choice for RF transceivers was based on past experiences I’ve had on other shows of this type and the success I experienced using Lectrosonics,” said Abbott, who has worked as a staff engineer for the FOX and CBS networks, mixed audio for last year’s presidential debates, and was the audio coordinator for this year’s Grammy Awards.
“The 16 contestants competed in approximately 18 different events. The climate was extremely humid and some events required the RF mics to be totally immersed in the ocean to capture the audio of the competitions. The overall design and build quality of the transmitters–including the attention to the housing size and the waterproofing via the gaskets that are used–played a significant role in my decision. Similarly, the design of the Venue receiver racks was another important factor. The ability to place six receiver modules into a 1RU rackspace system creates a very space efficient setup, which was extremely helpful considering that everything had to be shipped to the job site.”
“The Lectrosonics equipment exhibits excellent frequency response,” explained Abbott. “Equally important, the R1a beltpack IFB receivers allow for multiple transmitter sends for my clients, which enables them to monitor my program in addition to the number of ENG mixes going to the ENG cameras. These features are extremely useful.”