Rio Rancho, NM (October 13, 2011)—Edinburgh, Scotland-based documentary sound recordist Simon Forrester's Lectrosonics gear recently survived a challenging project in Southeast Asia.
Forrester just completed working on a BBC wildlife documentary, Green Planet, which took him to Southeast Asia and New Zealand. His work inside the world's largest cave—located in central Vietnam—proved to be some of the most challenging work of his career.
"Getting to the Hang Son Doong cave was quite a task in its own right," explained Forrester. "This involved a day's trek through a dense rainforest, followed by several hours scrambling over treacherous boulders and a 100-meter rappel to get down inside the cave proper. This was followed by five days living and working underground in some of the worst conditions I've ever encountered." Through all of this, Forrester's trusty pair of SMDB transmitters (the European version of Lectrosonics' SMQV Variable Power Super-Miniature Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitter) and his SRa dual channel slot mount Digital Hybrid Wireless diversity ENG receiver performed faithfully.
"At various stages of the trip," Forrester continued, "the transmitters were dropped into puddles, bashed against jagged rocks, were accidentally covered in bat dung (when I forgot to put them away at night), and were trodden into thick mud. Yet throughout all this, my Lectrosonics gear worked absolutely perfectly. Thanks to the equipment's solid construction, well sealed battery compartments, and the covered function buttons, a simple wipe down was all that was required in terms of frontline maintenance. If only that had been true for the rest of my kit!"
Reflecting on his first experience with Lectrosonics products, Forrester offered, "They always gave me a sense of confidence-even when the going got tough. Lectrosonics' range, rugged construction, and excellent battery life provided me with the flexibility and confidence I needed when working in the one of the world's harshest environments."
Green Planet, a BBC Specialist Factual Production, is slated to be aired in 2012.