New York, NY (July 27, 2016)—Cirque du Soleil productions have traveled the world for years, but now the Canadian company’s unique mix of fantasy, acrobatics, whimsy and music has made it to New York City’s Great White Way with Paramour, a new show set during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Helping bring the show to audiences inside the Lyric Theater nightly is a slew of Lectrosonics’ SSM Digital Hybrid Wireless micro belt pack transmitters.
“We’re using 36 SSM radio transmitters with Venue2 receivers,” said front-of-house engineer David Patridge. Sporting a sound design by John Shivers, the show’s audio is provided by longtime Broadway sound company, Masque Sound. “Every performer who has any kind of line or is singing is wearing one. We are also using the SSMs to amplify a wireless guitar, a wireless piano, a wireless trumpet; in fact, there’s a bunch of instruments that people wander around with on stage that are fitted with SSM transmitters.”
Almost every SSM on the show is paired with a DPA Microphones d:screet 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphone, Patridge reported, and three of the principal actors are double-miked. “They’re out on the stage the whole time, and it would be very inconvenient to have to rip microphones off them; just getting them off the stage would be a problem. They each wear two SSM transmitters and we use a Sennheiser MKE 1 for backup. We set one of the mic elements back behind the head of the other mic, so it pretty much looks like one microphone, but we still have a second element in case something happens to the first one. Due to the small form factor of the SSM, the actual amount of real estate that the two transmitters take up on a performer is pretty much what a normal transmitter would take.”
Adopting the Lectrosonics SSM transmitter for the show has been an upgrade on several levels, according to Patridge. “The takeaway for us is that we want to specify them on all of our shows.”