Blumenthal Theater Leans On Lectrosonics

Home to a number of Broadway touring attractions and local performance groups in the greater Charlotte area, the Blumenthal Performance Arts theater has been using a number of wireless microphones from Lectrosonics.
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Using Lectrosonics gear at Blumenthal Performing Arts are: (left) Morgan Calma (A1 for Charlotte Squawks) and (right) Robert Schoneman.
Charlotte, NC (July 24, 2012)—Home to a number of Broadway touring attractions and local performance groups in the greater Charlotte area, the Blumenthal Performance Arts theater has been using a number of wireless microphones from Lectrosonics.

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Focusing on the production and presentation of touring Broadway attractions, live music and theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Production Manager Robert Schoneman noted, “Our top concern for our wireless microphone equipment was sound quality, primarily noise floor and a lack of HF artifacts caused by analog compounding, and that’s where Lectrosonics equipment really delivers. Since the wireless gear is frequently used in a theater directly adjacent to a touring Broadway production, it was essential the equipment be able to operate capably in a crowded RF environment and that the ability to scan for and select open frequencies be quick and easy.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts selected 12 LMa beltpack transmitters to use with Countryman B3 Omni Round Lavaliere microphones and two Lectrosonics VRMWB Venue series receiver mainframes, each fully stocked with six Lectrosonics VRT receiver modules. This 12-channel system is augmented by two Lectrosonics SNA600 dipole antennas plus the company’s VRpanel software (part of LecNet2) for remote monitoring of the system.

“We purchased the Lectrosonics equipment to be used for two annual productions,” said Schoneman. “The Blumey Awards, which takes place in the Belk Theater is to recognize and reward excellence in high school musical theater and is a feeder program to the national Jimmy Awards in NYC. Charlotte Squawks takes place in in the Booth Playhouse. This show is a locally produced revue of local/regional/national events and politics. All the actors wore their transmitters in NeoPax mic belts beneath their undergarments, and since everyone changes costumes for almost every number, we’re not doing any crazy transmitter placements, but it’s very reassuring to not have to worry about the equipment’s reliability and performance.”

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Blumenthal Performing Arts
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