Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (April 27, 2016)—Malaysia can present an unforgiving climate for field production, but production sound mixer Fauzan Lukman was confident that he could rely on Lectrosonics during a recent project in Borneo’s equatorial rainforest for the Smithsonian Channel.
“I was using the Lectrosonics Venue in Ratio Diversity mode, so I could get more critical reception,” Lukman recalls. The Venue was fully-configured with six VRT modules, enabling ratio diversity on three channels. “Even in high temperatures—and it can get close to 38 or 39 degrees Celsius in the afternoon—the Venue stayed up and running and I had zero problems with it.”
Carrying a single Venue receiver simplifies his bag on projects such as this, says Lukman. “It can give me up to six receivers and I don't need to fill my bag with an antenna distribution system as the Venue can handle it, so there's less cable clutter. There's also the weight advantage, compared to having, say, six individual receivers in my bag. I also use a power distribution system so I can power up my recorder and my Venue with the same battery.”
Having used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment for over a decade, Lukman was confident it was up to the challenges. “For me, Lectrosonics equipment is the right choice for any environment. It's tough. I've probably used it in the hottest of temperatures. And in the rainforest it can pretty much turn from hot sun to heavy rain in an instant,” he says.
“Reliability is critical when you are deep in the jungle. I don’t have to worry when using Lectrosonics equipment and can direct my focus on everything else.”
For the Smithsonian Channel project, Lukman employed Lectrosonics UM400 wireless belt pack transmitters with Sanken COS-11 lavalier microphones. He also had a Sanken CS-3e shotgun mic with a UH400 plug-on transmitter on a boom pole.