Mumbai, India (May 25, 2012)—Although dialog replacement is common in the Indian film industry, production mixer and sound designer Baylon Fonseca avoids ADR with his Lectrosonics wireless technology.
Presently, Fonseca's Lectrosonics equipment arsenal consists of SMQV, UM450, and UH400a transmitters; a SIXPACK multichannel wireless receiver system outfitted with two UDMS 230 UHF RF distributor units; and UCR411a receivers. For IFB, he also uses T4 transmitters and R1a receivers. These are augmented with SNA 600 dipole antennas and an RM remote for use with his SMQV transmitter.
"The sound quality of this equipment is fantastic," Fonseca reports, "and I find that many actors love the SMQV for its incredibly compact, low, profile design that can be easily hidden in wardrobe. With the RM remote, I can adjust the SMQV's audio input gain, operating frequency, lock and unlock the front panel controls, and control sleep mode on and off. This is tremendously helpful. I am equally impressed with the range I get in difficult shooting situations with this equipment."
Fonseca's expertise has resulted in numerous awards, among them: the National Award for Best Production Mix, 2012 for his work on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and the National Award for Best Sound Design and Best Sound Mixing, 2012 for his work on Game. "Both Game and especially Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara have multiple scenes shot with actors in moving cars. With my Lectrosonics equipment, I never had to worry out about dropouts in the signal. The fidelity of the dialogue captured by my setup was simply awesome and we used only actor mics in all these scenes," says Fonseca.