Denver, CO (April 27, 2015)—Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless audio equipment has been used on a number of productions by extreme reality television content creator High Noon Entertainment.
“Lectrosonics SR series receivers have been huge for us,” says Andy McDonald, director of photography at High Noon, which was founded in 1997 in Denver, CO, and acquired by UK media company ITV Studios in 2013. The company’s unscripted and docu-series productions include TLC’s Cake Boss, HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and the Travel Channel’s Trip Flip, among others.
“As a camera operator, I’m always trying to find ways to make my camera lighter. The Lectrosonics dual-channel SR is our go-to and it’s the receiver that I’ve been buying the most.”
McDonald in particular has been using the Lectrosonics SRa5P dual-channel receiver, an upgraded version that enables both channels to be fed into a Panasonic AJ-HDX900 camera. “We upgraded one to see how it was,” he says, “and the results were so impressive; it was awesome. So we’ve upgraded all of our units to SRa5Ps.” McDonald estimates that the company currently owns about 10 of the Lectrosonics receivers.
“Sometimes I’ll be sent out with just a producer,” he continues. “I’ll have as many as two SR units stacked on my camera. We use the UCR401 receiver if it’s just a single microphone going into a smaller camera. We’ve also used the UCR100s, the 200s and the 411a’s.”
High Noon Entertainment is usually working on more than two dozen shows at any one time. On larger productions with many more channels of wireless audio, McDonald will often bring in independent sound mixer Bruner Dyer and John Sayles and his Usable Audio team. “These guys are my gurus of sound, my two mad scientists of audio—and their entire arsenal is all Lectrosonics,” he says.