PrÈvost, Quebec, Canada (May 28, 2008)–Lectrosonics wireless equipment was used by audio designer and consultant Pascal Van Strydonck on a TV shoot for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
On an episode of CBC’s Les pieds dans la marge, a weekly French language show for teenagers described as a “humorous guide to life,” contestants had to try to remain afloat in an Olympic-size pool for 12 hours. “Nobody wants to carry a camera for 12 hours,” laughs Van Strydonck, “and the prospect of shouldering the additional weight of a camera-mounted audio receiver made this task even more challenging. For this very reason, I knew that Lectrosonics’ new SR Dual-Channel Slot Mount ENG receiver was the perfect piece for this project. It’s small, lightweight, and delivers extremely high quality sound.”
Van Strydonck mounted the SR receiver onto the camera using a tiny pouch and a wiring harness, with power for the receiver supplied by the camera. The entire project was miked via a boom using two Lectrosonics LMa Digital Hybrid UHF belt pack transmitters. “When I brought the receiver to the job,” said Van Strydonck, “the director of photography discovered that the cables to connect it were actually heavier than the unit itself. He was positively thrilled.”
“The sound quality of this system is terrific,” he continued. “This setup enabled me to boom from the three meter diving board so as to get deeper into various areas of the pool without being tied to the camera. Even with a distance of as much as 100 feet away, the system’s performance was flawless. Not once did I experience any dropout.”
“Everyone involved in this project was delighted with both the sound quality and the light weight of the system,” Van Strydonck said. “I’ve since been called back to do more work on this show. For me, that says it all!”