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Bloch Tackles Capturing Audio for Football Documentary

Complicated documentary shoot required capturing audio across three gridirons.

Buffalo, NY (November 8, 2018)—Production sound mixer/boom operator Adam Bloch was recently tasked with capturing hard-hitting, in-your-face audio for a documentary’s behind-the-scenes look at a professional football team’s training camp in Buffalo.

For the training camp documentary, Bloch used his Wisycom MCR42S dual diversity wideband UHF mini receiver system and MTP41S wideband bodypack transmitters. Bloch pairs his Wisycom receivers and transmitters with Sanken COS-11 and Countryman B3 lavalier microphones, Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphones and Audix SCX-1HC condenser microphones, along with a Sound Devices 688 SL-6 mixer/recorder. He also has K-Tek boom poles, mixer bag, harnesses and accessories.

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For the shoot, which took place at St. John Fisher College, Bloch had to capture reliable sound from across the three football fields that were being used daily, in addition to audio from within the coaches’ offices, locker rooms, film stations and various other campus locations.

Bloch positioned his audio stand at the cross section between two of the three fields. He utilized antennas pointed down each field and, depending on what was being filmed at any given moment, the mics were usually 300 to 450 feet away from his station. There were even times when players would head to the locker rooms while miked, and Bloch could still capture the audio.

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“Even through concrete structures, brick walls and more than 700 feet of distance, I could always hear them,” adds Bloch. “In fact, when the camera operators would get to just the other side of the field, they could no longer hear me through their comms, but I could still hear the players. That’s how good the Wisycom gear is.”

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