Toronto’s Taylored Sound Brings Sports, Documentaries and Commercials Together with Lectrosonics
“You know that Lectrosonics will find the frequencies, a natural sound and that you won’t have any downtime. It just does the job.
Toronto, ON (December 14, 2021) – Toronto is sometimes referred to as “Hollywood North”, taking the place of Canada’s premier media city. If a documentary, commercial or sports production is being filmed in the area, chances are a very busy Scott Taylor from Taylored Sound is holding the pole and spinning the field recorder. At the heart of Taylor’s platform is Lectrosonics’ proven digital hybrid wireless technology, specifically a dual channel SRb receiver and two SRc receivers. SRc units are associated with a total of four LT beltpacks (two each on blocks A1 and B1), while SRb picks up the signal from a pair of SMQV transmitters on block 21.
“Like a lot of people, I started with a different, cheaper brand, but quickly moved on to Lectrosonics as I started getting better paying jobs,” says Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. “I currently do a lot with SportsNet, TSN and ESPN, like pre-game interviews and things of that nature. Between those and the ads, I work about three to six jobs a week in the Toronto area alone. “
Because Taylor divides his time between mixing the production sound and publishing the audio, he knows what he wants to hear – and what he doesn’t want to hear. “If we’re shooting in an area where I’m not familiar with the RF profile, it’s still easy to wrap, scan and find clean channels without interference or loss,” he explains. “Most of the time, once I get a pair of frequencies on block 21, I don’t need to change them. With the SMQVs, the SRb gets most of the dialogue. It was actually the first Lectrosonics equipment I bought and it still works just as well. I use the LT / SRc combos as stereo pairs for the factory mics and the surround mics. I just used two LTs on either side of a pipe organ for a virtual graduation ceremony at the University of Toronto.
On shoots with extreme range needs, Taylor relies on both shark fin antennas and the fact that the SMQV transmitters can output up to 250 milliwatts. “One example was an outdoor show where we were filming on the water, from boat to boat,” he says. “So for a situation like this, I’m going to attach the antennas on my kit and increase the power output. Prevention is better than cure. However, its preferred aspect of its entire platform is the slot-mount form factor of the SRb and SRc receivers.
“I am using a fairly industry standard audio bag with a Sound Devices 688 recorder and an SL-6,” he explains. “The SL-6 houses and powers the SR series receivers. I can also use two whip antennas in total rather than two on each receiver, which allows for a cleaner setup. The same goes for the fact that it eliminates extra wires hanging down from receivers and other clutter in my bag. But the fact that the receivers can be slot-mounted in the first place makes it all possible and gives me up to six channels that I don’t have to worry about. I will add that the separation of frequencies when I do this also went smoothly. Even with all six channels used, I didn’t have a problem with crosstalk or anything of that nature.
Some productions raise the issue of sustainability, an area where Taylor finds Lectrosonics leaves nothing to be desired. “Lectro equipment is built to last,” he says. “It has weight. It’s solid and the user interfaces are straightforward. You know it will find the frequencies, a natural sound and that you will not have any downtime. It just does the job.
Learn more about Scott at www.tayloredsoundproductions.com.
Well respected within the technical communities of film, broadcast and theater since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in critical applications by sound engineers familiar with the commitment of the 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.