Remote Digital Media's Kevin Hartmann (left) and Greg Allen
New York, NY (May 1, 2012)—Remote Digital Media uses microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica on all of its shoots for The Food Network.
RDM has used the Audio-Technica dual-receiver Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system on the reality show "Chopped." On "Rachael Ray," RDM employs the A-T 1800 Series camera-mount dual-channel UHF wireless system as well as the ATR5200 monophone/dynamic boom microphone combination headset. Other productions have the Audio-Technica BP4071 condenser shotgun microphone onhand for audience and ambience capture.
Kevin Hartmann, one of two owners of RDM, is also its head of audio. (Sandor Bondorowsky is Hartmann's partner and oversees the company's video operations.) "These shows are about food, but they are actually reality shows, and you have to approach the audio that way," explains Hartmann, who also uses A-T microphones and wireless systems on other projects. They including audio for numerous MTV music shoots and for Inside the Actors Studio, whose host, James Lipton, he says, is “a huge fan” of Audio-Technica's BP896 MicroPoint lavalier.
"The MicroPoint is the tiniest lav I've ever seen, and on reality shows, the key is the ability to be able to completely hide the microphone yet still get great sound and a reliable signal. The MicroPoint does all of that and does it better than any other lav out there," Hartmann adds. Bakers' white tunics, he notes, offer the perfect opportunity to keep lavaliers well hidden.
Hartmann says that A-T's system designs are what put it out in front of the pack. "People think that RF performance is all about power, but the fact is that it's really about tuning—the ability to understand the environment you're working within in terrestrial TV and build your RF system around that. The A-T systems give me a high degree of control over my RF."