Sound mixer Matt Vogel records new HGTV living room renovation goldmine with Lectrosonics
“Electrosonics has always done the job for me, and I never see myself changing it. “
Chicago, Illinois (September 21, 2021) – Soon to be broadcast on HGTV, Gold mine renovation follows hosts Joe and Meg Piercy as they breathe new life into properties in and around Chicagoland. The couple’s business, MegMade, recycles furniture found in their clients’ homes, saving them money to renovate the structures themselves. Matt Vogel, whose production credits also include The Oprah Winfrey Show and Weird foods with Andrew Zimmern, mixes the show up using its own Lectrosonics Wireless Gold Mine. Four SMQV and two LT transmitters combined with three dual-channel SRc receivers handle the talent mics, and a fully digital DCHT transmits a power supply which is then picked up by a DCHR receiver used as a camera hopping plus three M2R belt receivers for the IFB mix in-ear from producers.
The on-site environment has made Lectrosonics’ well-known sustainability a must. “The biggest challenge with home improvement shows is that they’re loud, dirty, and sweaty,” says Vogel. “We shot in the summer heat and our hosts were tearing down walls, chopping wood, sweating through their outfits and creating a parcel dust in the air. air. Nothing was scripted, cameras had to track talent through construction obstacles while covering multiple rooms, and the boom in the scene would have got in the way completely. As a result, wireless was the primary source of audio and I was rarely in the same room as the talent.
The repetition of these conditions in several houses meant that Vogel had to make the most of the region’s narrow frequency spectrum. “Since the repackaging of the frequency blocks in Chicago, it has become increasingly difficult to coordinate wireless devices,” he explains. “In addition, we change locations several times a day, which makes things even more difficult. With up to five lavs on talent, two camera streams, and one IFB stream, I was using up to eight frequencies at the same time. This is why I switched to Lectrosonics digital systems for my camera jumps and my IFBs.
Specifically, Vogel takes advantage of the compatibility between fully digital DCHT and DCHR receivers and M2R receivers, which use Lectrosonics’ proven digital hybrid wireless technology. “With the DCHT, DHCR and M2R units, I basically took three frequencies and combined them into one,” he explains. “My DCHT is in my audio bag and sends two digital audio channels to the DCHR, giving me a left-right camera mix on a single radio frequency. The M2Rs receive the same frequency from DCHT, giving producers the option to hear the mix from the stereo camera or fold it down to a mono mix if they prefer to listen with just one headphones. When we have multiple cameras on the set, I use additional M2Rs as camera jumps. The interchangeable workflow is very convenient.
Equally convenient is the M2R’s frequency range and ability to adapt quickly when the RF environment changes in the blink of an eye. “I also like having all of the UHF broadband available in one unit,” says Vogel. “It gives me the ability to move my jumps and IFBs away from my talented mics. Being able to change these frequencies and those of the transmitters using the infrared ports, instead of dialing them manually, is also a huge time saver on the set.
When a production is as mobile as Gold mine renovation, every ounce of gear is felt, especially if you’re the one holding the camera. Vogel found at Lectrosonics a bonus for the camera hopping app, in which a receiver placed on each camera ensures that its onboard audio channels pick up the same signal as the recorder in its audio bag: “I used to use SRBs previously. for the jumps, and when my camera operators saw the difference in size and weight of the DCHR, they were thrilled. Being able to use AA batteries or external power is also a great option for me.
If there are issues hearing talent, producers and directors are notoriously indifferent to the reason – they just want things to work. Vogel’s hybrid setup delivered the goods and made any embarrassing explanation unnecessary. “The sound quality of the M2R is far superior to any other IFB system I have used,” he says. “The producers have commented on how clear it is, and I never have clients who ask, ‘Did you hear that?’ because the IFB signal has been affected.
All of this performance under fire is what Vogel has expected Lectrosonics to do over its long career. “I first discovered wireless equipment as an audio assistant for a documentary film company and started using Lectrosonics 20 years ago,” he recalls. “So I saw firsthand the evolution of technology. Starting with 185 series receivers and transmitters, then moving up to 200, then UCR-411 and all multiple versions of SR receivers, I relied on Lectrosonics for all my wireless networks. I need equipment that works in the difficult RF areas of the city, and it also needs to be durable and not break down when faced with extreme environmental elements on things like documentary shoots and movies. renovation emissions.
Vogel also mentions Lectrosonics customer service with an anecdote that he says illustrates the personal and attentive approach of the company: “I was working at a food show in Albuquerque and needed to have the keyboard repaired. one of my SRBs. Realizing that Rio Rancho was a short drive away, I figured I would drop it right at their doorstep. [VP of Sales and Marketing] Karl Winkler met me at the door and gave me a VIP tour of the entire facility. It was really cool to see how their products are put together there. Electrosonics has always done the job for me, and I never see myself changing.
Well respected in the technical communities of film, broadcast and theater since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by sound engineers familiar with the commitment of Lectrosonics. company towards quality, customer service and innovation. Lectrosonics has received an Academy Scientific and Technical Award for its Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology and is an American manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.