Los Angeles, CA (August 6, 2015)—Soundmirror took Lectrosonics’ new Digital Hybrid Wireless LT bodypack transmitters from the production line to the stage earlier this year to capture L.A. Opera’s West Coast premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles.
The classical music recording and production company utilized 13 of the new L Series large bandwidth transmitters and 11 Lectrosonics SMQV transmitters with four 6-channel Venue receivers to record composer John Corigliano’s opera, being fully staged in the U.S. for the first time in two decades.
“We got the first 13 LTs ever, straight off the production line,” confirms John Newton, who founded Soundmirror in Boston, MA in 1972 to provide digital recording services to the major record labels.
The 24 Lectrosonics wireless channels were paired with DPA 4071 lavalier microphones, positioned at each performer’s wigline. “The 24 wireless got paired up with another 30-something Schoeps mics in the orchestra pit, and 15 or so mics on the stage and buried in the set,” reports recording engineer Mark Donahue. A total of 80 tracks passed through Merging Technologies Horus interfaces to a SmartAV Tango control surface then into redundant Merging Pyramix DAWs, with a laptop for back-up, recording at 192 kHz.
The ability of the new LT to tune across a 75 MHz range—three standard Lectrosonics blocks—enabled Massachusetts-based independent wireless specialist David Williams to navigate the hostile RF environment in downtown L.A. “It was really nice to have the LT,” said Williams, who had to squeeze 10 channels into block 22. “The SMQVs are locked into a block, but the LTs have that three-block range,” which enabled them to be tuned to fit into the available frequency spectrum.