Strapko Goes Countryman

Bruno Strapko CAS, an independent location sound recordist and owner of Strapko Recorders, has been various lavaliere and earset microphones from Countryman Associates.
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Chicago, IL (February 3, 2012)—Bruno Strapko CAS, an independent location sound recordist and owner of Strapko Recorders, has been various lavaliere and earset microphones from Countryman Associates.

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With over 25 years' experience in the location sound business, Strapko has worked on TV shows, commercials and documentaries. He lists his work with American Express, the Chicago Black Hawks and the City of Chicago's Olympic bid among his favorite projects. For the better part of the past 10 years, he's been working with a variety of Countryman microphones, including the B6 omni 0.1-inch diameter lavaliere, the B3 omni round lavaliere, the E6 omni earset microphone, as well as the EMW omni classic lavaliere.

Strapko recently recorded former tennis pro John McEnroe for a U.S. Open commercial spot for United Airlines. "This job was unique because the shirt McEnroe wore for the shoot was a very lightweight, almost silk-like material. As a result, the material was much more difficult to work with in terms of supporting a lavaliere microphone's weight as compared to a cotton sport shirt, for example.

"I placed the microphone directly below one of the shirt's button holes and secured it with gaffers tape," Strapko continued. "I then ran the cable down McEnroe's back to the Lectrosonics wireless transmitter/receiver setup which, via my mixer, then fed the Hi-Def camera. Because the B6 is so incredibly small and light, it performed like a champ and never required re-adjustment the entire day. The mic couldn't be seen against the black shirt and it did a phenomenal job of capturing his voice. The B6 has great pick-up characteristics and delivered the broadcast quality sound I was looking for."

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