Lectrosonics Captures Jaguar’s Roar

UK-based sound recordist Bal Rayat recorded a prototype Jaguar XE S sports sedan at the carmaker’s assembly plant in England using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Technology recently.
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Lectrosonics SMQV beltpack transmitters and a pair of SR Series dual-channel, slot-mount receivers were recently used while recording a prototype Jaguar XE S sports sedan.
Birmingham, UK (March 17, 2015)—UK-based sound recordist Bal Rayat recorded a prototype Jaguar XE S sports sedan at the carmaker’s assembly plant in England using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Technology recently.

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“It sounded amazing, absolutely amazing,” reports Bal, who was hired by the company’s advertising agency. “The client is very, very happy. They were nervous, because they’d never met me before and Jaguar is a big client for them, but as soon as they saw all my gear laid out, they knew they were in good hands.”

The agency had completed the visuals for the campaign, he continues, but needed authentic sounds to bring it to life. “They called me up and said, ‘We need you to record the different sounds that come off the car—sitting idle, going full pelt, doing 30, 50, 70 miles per hour.’” Bal assembled his kit, including four Lectrosonics SMQV beltpack transmitters and a pair of SR Series dual-channel slot-mount receivers, and headed over to the Jaguar Range Rover plant in Solihull, just outside Birmingham, England’s second-largest city.

“In total, I had 10 microphones on the car so they could pick and choose what they wanted for the edit,” Bal says. “I put a Lectrosonics SMQ in the engine bay, in the air intake, because they wanted to hear the whistle of the supercharger. Then I had two Lectrosonics SMQ transmitters inside the car, in the driver’s position, in case they wanted that, and I had another Lectrosonics transmitter on one of the exhausts.”

Bal uses a combination of DPA, Countryman and Sanken lavalier mics with his transmitters. The four Lectrosonics wireless channels were supplemented by wired AKG, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser and Schoeps microphones, offering alternative coverage as well as backup in case of failures. All 10 channels were recorded into a Sound Devices 664/CL6 system.

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