Rio Rancho, NM (March 21, 2018)—Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment was in freelance field audio mixer Callahan Moots’ kit when he traveled to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea as part of an ENG team.
Moots, based in New Mexico, has worked as a field audio mixer for more than a decade with national news outlets such as ABC, CBS and NBC, mixing both recorded and live audio for shows including 48 Hours (CBS), 20/20 (ABC) and NBC’s Dateline, Today and Nightly News. He carries a selection of Lectrosonics wideband equipment in his bag, including four LT Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitters paired with Sanken COS-11D lavalier microphones.
In South Korea, Moots was tasked with putting wireless body microphones on some of the athletes, correspondents and anchors for a variety of news programming. “My job was to conduct sound recording and mixing for interviews, cover some live events, such as downhill skiing, and talk to athletes there in the mixed zone,” he says.
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“The new transmitters and receivers from Lectrosonics have a wide range of frequencies that you can transmit on,” says Moots. “That is especially helpful in a place like Pyeongchang, where we were very limited as far as which frequencies we could use. The wideband range of my Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters made it easy for me to select a couple of the frequencies that they allowed me to use. I was easily able to program those into my equipment. The entirety of the time I was there, I didn’t have any issues with the gear. It was bulletproof. I slept very well at night knowing that I had that equipment.”
Moots typically carries a Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder in his bag, together with a pair of Lectrosonics SMQV transmitters that enable the wireless hop to the camera, which is outfitted with an SRC dual-channel receiver. “I’m not only transmitting wirelessly from whomever I’m miking up—that would be wireless transmitted to my mixer—but I also use a wireless camera hop, so I’m transmitting from my mixer to the camera,” says Moots. “Especially in the field, wireless makes the most sense, and I’ve taken full advantage of the Digital Hybrid Wireless that Lectrosonics has offered for many years.”
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