Montreal, Canada (September 28, 2017)—Mad Paris, a car fanatic, producer, director, videographer and long-time location sound mixer, used his Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless kit on the first episode of his new web series, Gars de Chars (“Car Guys”).
What do you get when you put a bunch of French-Canadian mechanics in a garage with a rusty late-seventies Chevrolet sedan and a Honda motorbike? That question is answered in “L’intégral,” the pilot episode of Gars de Chars. Mad Paris and his three accomplices — Andy, “P-O” (Pierre-Olivier) and his brother, Alex — have a budget of $2,000 and just 48 hours to create something special. They buy a beat-up 1977 Chevelle Malibu Classic for $600 and a 1988 Honda Shadow for $250, rip the engine, transmission and rear axle out of the car and build a custom tricycle powered by a small-block Chevy V8 engine.
“It’s a bit redneck, but it was fun to do,” laughs Mad Paris, otherwise known as Alain Parisien, who owns and operates 12 Gauge Production. “I’ve been doing location sound for 20 years or more, and I’ve been on the TV side for maybe another 10 years,” he says. “I have my own kit, so we used my sound equipment for ‘Gars de Chars,’ with the help of one of my friends.”
He continues, “We’re mechanics, not actors. It’s real stuff, and for this type of show you need tough equipment. All four guys were miked with the Lectrosonics LT transmitters. For the receivers, we used the Lectrosonics SRc. And we used Sanken COS11 lav mics. I love those, they’re big and tough and they sound good, too.” Sound was recorded to a Sound Devices 688 with an SL-6 SuperSlot interfacing with the Lectrosonics receivers.
“Everybody was in the garage so 50 milliwatts on the LT was perfect. I’m a sound guy, so I wanted to make sure, for this type of project, that the sound and the image were perfect.”