Prague, Czech Republic – February 2013… Similar in popularity to shows like Jim Henson’s Muppets, ?ty?lístek is a show that follows the lives and adventures of four animated characters: Myšpulín, a badger; Bobík, a pig tough guy; Fifinka, a pretty dog woman; and Pin?a, a rabbit. Originally introduced in the form of comics, the stories have evolved into animation. As is typical of any sound for picture project, the production staff of Bystrouška Sound Studios frequently finds themselves in challenging production environments. To help them meet the demands of the show’s audio, they recently deployed wireless microphone technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics.
Petr Novák is the production and rental manager for Bystrouška Sound Studios. With the aid of mixer Robert Dufek and assistant Jiri Graf, his crew spent much of December on what was once a military airfield (that is now used only occasionally) capturing the engine sounds of an old Skoda—an automobile manufactured in the Czech Republic. Armed with a pair of Lectrosonics HM plug-on transmitters, an SMDB/E01 super miniature beltpack transmitter, a VR Field battery powered modular receiver system stocked with six VRT receiver modules—all utilizing Lectrosonics’ acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless™ technology—and an ALP620 Log Periodic Dipole Array (LPDA) antenna, the crew found the process of acquiring the automobile sounds far easier than they envisioned.
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When queried about the most challenging aspect of this project, Novák offered the following, “We were very concerned that the car’s engine would cause some RF interference. Further, there was a risk that the car itself might work as a Faraday cage and inhibit the signal from the transmitter—resulting in low signal quality with interference at the receiver. As it turns out, our concerns never materialized. It all worked without any problem. Based on prior experience with Lectrosonics gear, we had strong confidence this approach would work—and it did.”
Novák mentioned that he still has a Lectrosonics VHF wireless microphone system that dates back to the 1990’s and, it too, continues to operate flawlessly. Similarly, he was very complimentary of Lectrosonics customer and technical support services. “Lectrosonics provides excellent support services,” he said. “We’ve had a very positive experience with both the European service center in Munich, as well as with the corporate headquarters in Rio Rancho.”
As he prepared for another day in the field, Novák summarized his Lectrosonics experience. “Our work will become public next month, as the premiere is planned for January 31,