Lions and Tigers and Lectrosonics

Location sound recordist Sebastian Dunn used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology for an upcoming African big cats documentary series on BSkyB’s Sky 1 channel.
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Cape Town, South Africa (December 9, 2014)—Location sound recordist Sebastian Dunn used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology for an upcoming African big cats documentary series on BSkyB’s Sky 1 channel.

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“I’ve been using Lectrosonics gear for over 20 years,” Dunn reports. “I started with the company’s M185 transmitters and CR185 receivers, later upgraded to the UM and SM transmitters, UCR411 receivers and, from there, I acquired SMQV super miniature transmitters and SRb dual slot ENG receivers.”

“The four-part series has the working title The Origin of Cats,” Dunn continued, and features South African animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson. “The production company is Bristol-based Offspring Films in the UK and the show will ultimately air on Sky 1 TV in the UK. The show is slated for release mid-2015. My contribution to the show took place in Namibia and South Africa and for this, I used two SMQVs and the SRb—both on block 26. I also used a Lectrosonics SNA600 dipole antenna.”

According to Dunn, “Having used almost every wireless system on the market, there is none more robust and durable than Lectrosonics. I’ve successfully used them in extreme 130-degree heat as well as sub-zero environments. As my locations are always so varied and unpredictable, I can’t always check frequency compatibility but, for the most part, have not encountered problems severe enough to rule out the use of wireless mics. The SNA600 antenna is also a valuable part of my kit—particularly when the RF range is questionable. The addition of the LectroRM app for my iPhone has also been extremely useful so that I can make hasty changes on the fly.”

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