Toronto, Canada (February 26, 2016)—The third season of amateur culinary competition series MasterChef Canada kicked off on February 14 with all of its dialog captured using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters, receivers and antenna systems.
The show’s audio director, Jan McCharles, and technical director, Brent Marchenski, are employing a total of 64 channels of Venue receivers and 16 channels of UCR411a compact receivers together with dozens of SMQV belt pack transmitters on the 15-episode series, which is the Canadian version of the Gordon Ramsey reality TV hit. This season, the competition begins with 40 home chef audition winners who are initially whittled down to 14 finalists before facing the challenges set by the show’s three judges, Canadian restaurateurs Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini and Alvin Leung.
“Every single person that is on-camera is recorded with Lectrosonics,” says McCharles, who mixes in the studio through a Yamaha CL3 digital desk to Mac-based Metacorder software with a Sound Devices 970 for backup. McCharles and Marchenski, who have been working together for nearly a decade, mainly in reality television, own a combined total of approximately 50 SMQV transmitters, one-dozen six-channel Venue receivers loaded with VRT modules and one-dozen UMC16B antenna multi-coupler units.
"On MasterChef Canada, we have 32 VRT channels and an eight-channel antenna system in the studio," says Marchenski. “Jan has a similar set-up in the field that she has in the studio. The production cart has a Yamaha CL1 and 32 channels of VRT, and we have 16 UMC411a receivers split between two ENG-style rigs and a four-channel antenna system in the field.”
McCharles reports that the operational life of the SMQV dual-battery transmitters is important on this show. “It’s a not a scripted show with scheduled breaks. We shoot until we’re finished. So we need at least six hours of operation time, seven hours max,” she says.