Lenox, MA (July 11, 2012)-Boston, MA-based Soundmirror captured performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at the recent Tanglewood Music Festival using Lectrosonics wireless microphone technology.
Held each summer on the Tanglewood estate, the festival consists of a series of concerts, including symphonic music, chamber music, choral music, musical theater, contemporary music, jazz and pop music. The first concert of the season, in late June, featured Silk Road Ensemble performances that will serve as the foundation for a forthcoming documentary DVD/Blu-ray Disc project.
Soundmirror, a location recording and post production company specializing in the ‘natural’ recording of acoustic music as well as sound for syncing to visuals, was contracted to capture the performances. Company president John Newton employed a sizeable arsenal of Lectrosonics gear, all of which utilizes the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, to make it happen. This list included HH handheld, HM plug-on, and SMQV, UM400 and UM400a transmitters, along with three Venue series receiver mainframes, each fully stocked with Lectrosonics VRT receiver modules to form an 18-channel system.
“We required a superior pickup on Mr. Ma’s cello, which needed to be wireless so he could move about the stage and perform from multiple locations,” Newton explained. “Mr. Ma also wanted to be able to put the cello down, walk away and talk to the audience, which meant the transmitter couldn’t reside in his pocket. To accomplish this, we built a special setup where we positioned an SMQV transmitter on the instrument’s endpin [spike] and made a mount for the Schoeps MK 22 microphone capsule that was positioned near the instrument’s bridge. The mic capsule fed the transmitter below via a matching CMRg cable for Lectrosonics transmitters that Schoeps manufactures. Hence, the entire wireless setup was instrument mounted, providing the freedom Mr. Ma requested.”