Oxford, OH (November 5, 2014)—Much of the dialog for fishing show Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas is captured using EMW omnidirectional lavalier microphones from Countryman Associates.
Jim Kramer, the show’s producer and videographer, first started using Countryman EMW microphones in 2002 and reports that they have since served him well. “One of the most challenging locations we experienced was deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in search of trophy Peacock Bass,” he said. “Our base camp was a two-hour float plane flight from the nearest major city of Manaus, Brazil. From there, we traveled by panga to backwater ponds where we would literally have to cut our way into the jungle with machetes, often in torrential downpours.
“While the water resistance built into the Countryman EMW is outstanding, I was initially picking up too much ambient noise as the torrents of rain slammed onto my talent’s rain suit. However, I was able to resolve this matter by moving the Countryman EMW and placing it under the brim of his hat, away from the rain suit. By making this change, I achieved outstanding audio quality and frequency response. The EMW worked like a champ under truly difficult conditions.”
Kramer reports that, presently, he is using four Countryman EMWs. “The Countryman EMW has so many features that make it the perfect lavalier for our field productions. The sturdy design and construction; the incredible water resistance, which is so important when you have to shoot rain or shine and, of course, the incredible audio quality. Even under windy conditions, I can place the EMW under the talent’s clothing and not have to worry about reduced frequency response or the dreaded ‘rubbing’ noises that can just kill a great sequence. Paired with our Sennheiser EW series wireless systems, the EMWs make a great miking solution.”