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Lectrosonics Masters Ink’s RF

Martin Kelly, audio supervisor for Spike TV's "Ink Master," is using wireless microphones, audio processing and networking technology from Lectrosonics on the show.

Rio Rancho, NM (May 8, 2013)—Martin Kelly, audio supervisor for Spike TV’s Ink Master, is using wireless microphones, audio processing and networking technology from Lectrosonics on the show.

“For Ink Master, we’re working with Lectrosonics VR Field receiver systems that are outfitted with both VRT and VRS receiver modules,” said Kelly, a BBC-trained Londoner, has worked in motion pictures and TV for more than 23 years. “We’re using 84 channels, with the Studio and Location rigs each equipped with 42 channels on frequency blocks 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, and 26. There are 16 Lectrosonics T4 IFB transmitters for camera transmission feeding 16 UCR411 receivers as camera hops. Further, there are another 16 UCR411 receivers that are used for two 8-track location mixer bags.”

Kelly also uses 28 Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless SMQV Super-Miniature dual battery transmitters, three SMa Super-Miniature transmitters and four UM400a beltpack transmitters for the talent. Additionally, there are SNA600 adjustable dipole antennas and ALP500 shark-fin antennas with PF25 passive filters in use.

“In order for us to have complete control of the entire audio stream within our 80,000-sq.-ft. production complex, which is completely RF live, we’re using Lectrosonics’ ASPEN SPNDNT Dante DSP mixer/processors, a DNTBOB general purpose interface, and ASPEN SPN2412 and SPN1624 audio processors,” Kelly continued. “Two SPNDNT units in the studio control camera and IFB mixes while the SPN2412 and SPN1624 audio processors are used for the location rig. The DNTBOB provides additional Dante channels for foldback and monitoring, for a total of 75 Dante channels as needed.”

“This show is very reliant on wireless microphones: 44 of them, in fact, with 40 for the talent and 4 wireless booms, along with camera transmitters plus IFB and ENG multitrack,” Kelly said. “We’re utilizing a touchscreen system to create multiple camera mixes through Dante. In addition to the 62 active record tracks, we utilize the DNTBOB to expand the number of Dante tracks available, which enables us to route camera returns mixes to the board for monitoring.”