San Antonio, TX (July 8, 2011)--Roped in to capture broadcast audio for the Pro Bull Riding Tour, engineer Mark Harrier uses Lectrosonics.
As a freelance audio engineer and owner of San Antonio, TX-based Soundcheck Technologies, Harrier is tasked with the job of capturing audio for the PBR's Built Ford Tough Pro Bull Riding Tour, broadcast on either NBC or its sports-oriented cable television channel Versus. For outfitting the bull riders, Harrier employs Lectrosonics' Digital Hybrid Wireless technology.
Harrier uses 12 SMV Variable Power Super-Miniature transmitters and, on the receiving side of the equation, he has two Venue mainframe receiver systems-each fully stocked with six Lectrosonics VRS receiver modules. To facilitate communication between the production staff and the sideline talent (the reporter who interviews the riders before and after each ride as well as the bull fighters), Harrier relies on several Lectrosonics IFBT4 frequency agile IFB (interruptible foldback) transmitters and R1a beltpack IFB receivers.
"The PBR travels to cities all over the country and we can, on occasion, be in some pretty harsh RF environments," Harrier said. "We've found that as long as you do a decent job scanning your location, keep up with your frequency coordination, and find the optimum spots for antennas, you can get some pretty surprising range with the SMV's."