Mt. Laurel, NJ (September 4, 2007)--When push comes to shove--as it routinely does during any football game--the audio techs at NFL Films often look to Lectrosonics wireless equipment to get the job done. Currently, NFL Films uses in excess of 20 Lectrosonics wireless systems to capture on-field audio for broadcast and other projects.
According to Jerry Mahler, NFL Film's executive in charge of audio and music, "NFL Films has been capturing on-field audio for quite some time, and over the years, we've encountered every type of failure you can imagine. We've worked with a lot of equipment, but nothing has the sound quality, durability, and reliability that Lectrosonics equipment offers. For the past several months, we've been using the Lectrosonics SMD transmitters with the RM remote control and they've been terrific."
For capturing on-field audio, the transmitters are routinely placed into some recessed area of the player's shoulder pads. Cable ties are used to secure the transmitter into place, and the unit is then covered with foot foam in order to ensure a lump-free installation. Additionally, a custom-made metal plate that covers the transmitter, antenna, and the microphone connections is placed over the system to provide additional protection. The mic cable is taped all along the back of the shoulder pads- concealed between the soft and hard shells.
"As the person responsible for all audio in our company's productions," said Mahler, "sound quality and durability were my two most critical concerns for our wireless microphones. Not only do the SMDs meet this requirement, their ability to be remotely controlled can save the day. Our SMDs are mated with the Lectrosonics Venue receiver systems--both the VR and VR Field models--and we use the company's LecNet2 software to configure the equipment. The company has always been very responsive, the gear performs well, and as a result, our overall experience has been extremely positive. You can't ask for more than that.