Bucks County, PA (May 5, 2005)–In northeastern Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Playhouse has stood as an important theatrical landmark since opening in 1939. These days, the Playhouse actively continues its tradition of performing quality musicals and dramas. One of its principal challenges in staging new productions in recent years was to use wireless microphones, due to noise, RF interference, dropouts and inferior audio quality; the venue’s answer was to purchase 40 channels of Sabine Smart Spectrum wireless.
Ralph Miller, owner/producer of both the Bucks County Playhouse and Poconos Playhouse, opined, “Sabine turned out to be the best wireless for our needs. It’s the best piece of equipment we’ve ever used, especially in terms of body microphones. We like to body mic as many people as possible, so it’s a major issue for us to have a good, clean sound that’s not going to cut out on us midway through the show. And we’ve had all kinds of problems with what are considered to be the best systems out there, but Sabine wireless works really well.”
Miller continued, “We don’t have to worry about dropouts any more, and the sound is excellent. The dynamics are really interesting. And there have been times we’ve had 24 body packs working simultaneously with your system, and we still don’t have a clipping or a dropout problem. Plus, we’ve run these microphones perfectly flat. We don’t try to accentuate them in any way because we want the full-range dynamics, and it’s just amazing. And with 24 microphones working, we don’t even have to use the feedback eliminator circuitry.
The Playhouse uses Voice Technologies headworn mics from Sabine; Miller comments: “It’s a tan microphone with a very, very thin element, and it’s waterproof on the backside. You can barely see the actors are wearing them. We’ve had noticeable complaints from our audience about the microphones being seen that way. With this microphone, we have an excellent dynamic sound, and the audience doesn’t mind it at all.”