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Lectrosonics Wireless On Location with NBC’s ‘Access Hollywood Live’

Lectrosonics in Rio Rancho, N.M., reports that its wireless technology plays an integral role in the audio production of two weekday television entertainment news programs: NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. Both programs cover music, TV, and film industry events and celebrities in the entertainment industry. Much of the production takes place in New York City at Rockefeller Center.

Frank Duca with his Lectrosonics gear.

Frank Duca, a metropolitan New York area location and studio audio professional, has worked with the Access Hollywood brand since 1996 and was invited to assist with Access Hollywood Live when it debuted in September 2010. He routinely uses Lectrosonics’ SR and SR/5P receivers with UM400a and SMQv Super Miniature transmitters. For Access Hollywood Live, Duca uses Lectrosonics UCR411a receivers, UM400a transmitters, a UMC200D rack with an antenna splitter, as well as the company’s T4 IFB transmitters and SMQv Super Miniature transmitters (in IFB mode) with R1a IFB receivers. All of this equipment uses Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology.

Duca discusses the challenges of working in a crowded RF environment: “For our live show on location, I require a minimum of seven talent and three IFB discrete transmitters feeding about 10 R1a receiver units with a short list of available frequencies to choose from. The show changes on a dime and there is very little time for setup—and even less for RF issues, since we are live. The Lectrosonics gear fits well in my roll-around, 12-space mobile mix station. The equipment sounds great, and is very easy to configure. Because of RF congestion in this area, I find the RF spectrum analyzer built into each receiver to be a very valuable asset.

“I’m equally impressed with my Lectrosonics SR and SR/5P receivers,” Duca continues. “The SR receivers are light, so I can easily carry more units. I also enjoy using the SR/5P as my camera hop, since it never weighs down the camera. In situations when I need to switch over from a hard line multi-cable feeding my cameraman to the SR unit, I like to use a custom 5-pin to 7-pin cable. This connects from the SR unit 5-pin male connector directly into my quick release camera 7-pin end and eliminates my having to disconnect the XLR input connections on the camera. One switch and I’m transmitting wireless to my cameraman.

“Many times over the years,” Duca reports, “our units have been knocked around and have hit the ground. I’ve always found Lectrosonics equipment able to withstand a great deal of abuse. Equally important, the company’s customer and technical support groups are excellent. In the event a unit is in need of repair, Lectrosonics’ technicians are very knowledgeable and responsive.”

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