Lectrosonics wireless technology captures the thrill of a base jump
NEW ZEALAND: In Auckland, locals and tourists alike can experience the art of freefalling by plummeting from an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets. From a height of 192m, those daring enough can jump from a narrow catwalk on the Sky Tower at speeds up to 53 miles per hour secured only by a single cable. Sydney-based sound recordist Jason Dirckze was drafted in to record this extreme activity using digital hybrid wireless technology from Lectrosonics.
The curriculum vitae (resume) of Jason Dirckze is impressive including stints of TV production audio such as capturing the location sound for National Geographic’s Taboo, Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women and the Australian reality show Kings Cross ER: St Vincent’s Hospital. Whilst working on The Living Room, which is a lifestyle format TV show that covers travel, cooking and home renovations, Mr Dirckze literally jumped at the opportunity to capture a base jump from the Sky Tower.
‘Because The Living Room presents a wide range of lifestyle-related topics, I find myself using a fairly large selection of Lectrosonics equipment,’ Mr Dirckze explained. ‘The gear includes several SMQa, SMDa, SMa, LMa, and UM400a transmitters along with four UCR411a, two SRb5P and two R1a receivers. I typically run four channels for talent microphones, with the rest for camera hops and IFB. I’ve been working with this equipment since 2007 and because I frequently travel the world in this line of work, I find the audio performance and the reliability of the equipment exceptional. With this gear, I know I can count on a rock solid performance every time. Lectrosonics equipment sounds great and the transmitters are super tough and can handle being mistreated during day-to-day life on location.’
‘At the Sky Tower,’ he continued, ’I had the responsibility of capturing audio during a base jump from 192m straight down. I had two SRbs and an SMDa in play, with one SRb at the top of the tower and the second unit in a camera with a slot mount at the base of the tower. Between the two SRbs, I figured there would be some usable audio to work with. Much to my surprise, audio to both cameras was flawless the whole way down on both SRb receivers - all without the use of amplifiers or shark fins.’
When your business is location sound, having the confidence in the performance of one’s equipment is vital, as is the ability to receive responsive customer and technical support services. As a result, Mr Dirckze considers Lectrosonics as his choice. ‘In my experience, Lectrosonics has always gone above and beyond in regards to customer service. They understand the urgency and pressures I face out in the field and respond appropriately. I know I can count on the company’s support services. After seven solid years using Lectrosonics equipment solely for my talent wireless systems, I couldn’t imagine having to do my job with any other gear. I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for Lectrosonics, as they’re always introducing new products to help make my type of work easier and more effective.’