Fernando Delgado (left) and engineer John Steigerwald.Las Vegas, NV (August 29, 2012)—Produced in one of the most RF saturated cities in the country, FX Network's “The Ultimate Fighter” utilizes wireless equipment from Lectrosonics when filming the series.
Sports Emmy Award-winner Fernando Delgado, owner and chief engineer of Las Vegas-based Stickman Sound Inc., has served as sound supervisor for “The Ultimate Fighter” for the last five of 15 seasons. "Our setup includes 24 SMQV variable power super-miniature transmitters accompanied by an RM remote, two HM plug-on transmitters and three T4 compact IFB transmitters," Delgado reports.
"On the receiving side, we use 48 VRT receiver modules housed in eight fully-stocked Lectrosonics VRM Venue series receiver mainframes. We have four Venue receiver systems in use at both of the show's primary venues: the 'house' where the competitors reside and the gym where the fighters train and compete."
In addition to these systems, Delgado reports there's quite a bit more Lectrosonics gear. "We also have 28 Lectrosonics UCR411a compact receivers that are part of seven ENG mixing bags used on the show. Further, we use a combination of Lectrosonics SNA600 adjustable dipole and ALP600 log periodic dipole array antennas.
"I've been working with Lectrosonics wireless gear for more than 10 years," Delgado says. "In addition to great sound quality, I never cease to be impressed with the rugged build quality and the reliability this equipment delivers. These guys are fighters-not actors-and they tend to be pretty rough on the gear. I've never had a piece of Lectrosonics equipment go down on me because of physical damage. Simply put, you can beat the hell out of it!"
The single most important Lectrosonics attribute that really makes a difference to the show’s production is the SMQV's battery performance, according to Delgado. "The SMQV's variable transmission output is huge…Even at 100mw I get 12 hours from the SMQV using two lithium batteries. On this type of show, that's priceless."