Rio Rancho, NM (July 17, 2019)—Lectrosonics’ SRC dual-channel slot-mount receivers paired with the compact SMQV and micro-sized SSM belt-pack transmitters are never far from production sound recordist Kally Williams’ side, whatever project she’s working on.
Williams’ mixing credits range from the YouTube show Hello Hunnay with Jeannie Mai to a Netflix horror anthology and, more recently, a KFC commercial. “A lot of production sound people come into it from music, but I always wanted to be a filmmaker,” she recalls. “My twin sister and I were always making YouTube videos even in high school, and at age 20, we moved from South Carolina to L.A. … I found myself very drawn to the audio department because everyone’s passion for their gear is so strong in the L.A. community. When I first got the chance to work with experienced mixers, they were all using Lectrosonics wireless gear.”
Location recording often means dirt, dust, extremes of temperature, and sometimes, hazards from the production effects themselves, but Lectrosonics’ gear is up to it, according to Williams. One incident stands out, she says. “It was a horror shoot, and we had SMQV on the talent. There was a scene where fake blood was supposed to explode all over the place—and it did.
“The SMQV came back to me just soaked in the stuff, like it had been pulled from inside a body or maybe was bleeding itself. I thought it was toast, but after cleaning it off with rubbing alcohol, it kept working fine and does to this day. I’m really impressed with how tight and well-sealed the SMQV is in particular. You can drive a truck over it and still use it.”
In production-dense L.A., the airwaves can be full of pitfalls, but Lectrosonics has a plan for that, says Williams. “The SmartTune feature really works out for me, and I really like the wideband of all my receivers. So many crews are using the same blocks of frequencies, and there are a lot of us. But there’s always something in the three blocks available on the SRCs that they’ll lock onto. On the rare occasion where I might get unwanted signal on a channel because of this crowded spectrum, I just rescan and the SmartTune will pick up a clear frequency.”
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