Valhalla Media and Second City Sound Choose Lectrosonics for Live Opera | Daily News


“Halfway through the pre-production process, we found out that the opera would be live at the Field Museum,” said Nikolas Wenzel of Valhalla Media. “It presented all kinds of logistical challenges for the cover. My first thought was that to strengthen the singers we were going to need something stable, reliable and easy to use between the different levels of the museum. One of the performance levels was on the Great Hall floor and another was hidden to the side.

The Lectrosonics DBSMD transceivers installed on the actors were picked up by a pair of four-channel DSQD receivers. DCHT portable digital stereo transmitters joined an M2T for monitoring by the conductor and critical team via M2R receivers.

“One thing viewers of the stream didn’t see is that the Field Museum was active and open to the public while the show was on air,” added Gerry Formicola of Second City Sound. “It meant everything had to be put in place every day and then knocked out and stored. The fact that the Lectro system is so quick and easy to set up and use has made a huge difference here.

The broadband lineup of D Squared hardware was even more essential in ensuring the cast’s vocals were captured without a hitch. “Chicago might not be the worst place in the country in terms of RF density, but it’s definitely not the best,” said audio director Brad Galvin. “So the name of the game is bandwidth, because you tend to spread the channels across the spectrum. With DSQD, DBSMD and M2 Duet [monitor system] covering the entire range of 470 to 608 MHz, we could focus on natural frequencies without thinking about which equipment is on block 19, which is on block 21, and so on.

Wenzel recalls: “We were blown away by the results we got from the first rehearsal. The clarity and warmth that Lectrosonics are known for really shines, even with many variations in equipment placement.

“Knowing the reliability that colleagues had experienced with their own platforms, Lectro was a given. “We are now looking at upcoming opera and musical theater projects in Chicago, and going forward our first order will be to install our Lectrosonics platforms!”

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