New Orleans, LA (April 10, 2012)—New Orleans-based production sound mixer, Dan Izen, is currently using his collection of Lectrosonics wireless gear on Common Law, an upcoming USA Network comedy-drama series.
Izen has been using Lectrosonics wireless technology for eight years now and, during that time, he has amassed a range of equipment: four SMa, four SMV, and six SMQV super miniature transmitters; eight UCR411a compact receivers; plus a fully stocked Venue six-channel receiver mainframe. Additionally, he has four Lectrosonics R1 IFB beltpack receivers, two T4 IFB transmitters, plus a UMC16BL antenna multi-coupler.
“In addition to excellent sound quality, I love the bullet-proof reliability and the small footprint of this equipment,” Izen reports. “I realized early on that the wireless equipment has to work no matter what, so I invested heavily.”
Well known for his work in TV and film, Izen’s credits include season two of Wonder Showzen, TNT’s Memphis Beat, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and Night of the Demons.
“Lately, I’ve really been enjoying the Venue receiver in combination with my UCR411a’s, using the UMCBL to combine everything into two Professional Wireless helical antennas. With this system, RF issues almost never occur. The camera department wireless equipment will occasionally degrade the signal and I’ll see the RF indicator dancing all over the place, but amazingly the sound remains artifact-free.”
“Before the Venue, I had eight UCR411a receivers going into the UMCBL multi-coupler and then out to the PW helicals. As it turns out, Common Law has reoccurring group therapy scenes with up to nine speakers! With the Venue, six UCR411a’s, and two AJA ADA4 A/D converters, I’m able to track two booms and all nine talkers to the Zaxcom Deva 16 recorder. Since Common Law is often improvisational, certain bits of dialog aren’t always caught using an on-screen boom, so having eleven wires on two antennas has made these scenes work really well.”