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Going Wireless for “Tremé”

Bruce Litecky, CAS, production sound mixer on HBO's Tremé, has been using a substantial Lectrosonics equipment setup.

Bruce Litecky (center) with Tremé production sound crewmembers Mike Ford (right) and Ryan Putz (left).
New Orleans, LA (March 14, 2012)—Bruce Litecky, CAS, production sound mixer on HBO’s Tremé, has been using a substantial Lectrosonics equipment setup.

Litecky’s setup consists of six MM400 miniature beltpack transmitters, four SM super-miniature beltpack transmitters, and three UH400 plug-in transmitters. On the receiving side, he uses six UCR411 and four UCR401 compact receivers while his IFB (interruptible foldback) system for his boom ops consists of two T2 beltpack transmitters and six R1a receivers. All equipment—minus the T2 transmitters—utilizes Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology.

“I like how easy the Lectrosonics equipment is to use, particularly when it comes to selecting frequencies,” said Litecky, whose credits include the TV shows Homicide, The Corner and The Wire. “We use our 411s on the cart—in a Sixpack—and the 401s for over the shoulder and process trailer recording. This arrangement enables me to jump from wireless plant mics and wireless booms to body mics quickly and easily. When I felt the frequency crush from digital TV channels, I was happy that my Lectrosonics equipment offered so many channels and blocks to go to.”

His Lectrosonics equipment helped him address a recent production challenge, he continues. “We had to follow a marching band during a parade in New Orleans. We had two different scenes—each with two actors. They had to be wired long before the parade was to start and the event was several hours long. To keep the weight down for our four-plus-mile trek, I used two receivers and was able to quickly change the frequencies as required. I had to record dialog in the midst of two brass bands playing. The dynamic range of the MM400 transmitters was up to the task. The music never overloaded the front end and the dialog was crisp and clean.”