New York, NY – September, 2014… As it starts its third season, CBS’ hit TV show Unforgettable is looking to capture solid ratings during the increasingly competitive summer season. The show stars Poppy Montgomery as Detective Carrie Wells, a female police detective with an unusually detailed memory, and her partner Lieutenant Al Burns, played by Dylan Walsh. Capturing the action involves an innovative approach to sound recording—and to ensure the highest quality audio, Production Sound Mixer Larry Hoff, CAS relies on his arsenal of wireless microphone equipment drawn from the catalog of Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics.
Hoff reports that the bulk of his work takes place in the greater New York City area, though he has also recorded sound for a variety of TV and film projects in Canada, India, England, and Italy. With shows like Law and Order, Law and Order – Special Victims Unit, and Fringe among his numerous credits, he clearly knows what it takes to capture high quality audio. He discussed his reasons for choosing Lectrosonics.
“I’ve been using Lectrosonics equipment for over fifteen years,” Hoff reports. “I have a Lectrosonics Venue receiver system that is fully outfitted with six VRT receiver modules, four UCR411a receivers, as well as four of the older UCR211 receivers. I use several of the company’s transmitters, including HM plug-on units, SMQV and SMa Super Miniature transmitters, and UM400a beltpack systems. For IFB, I use the Lectrosonics T4 transmitter and the R1a receiver and I also use the company’s ALP series shark fins and SNA dipole antennas among my various accessories.”
With most of his work taking place throughout the greater New York metropolitan area, RF agility is an extremely important consideration for Hoff. “I carry transmitters in both block twenty one and twenty six because New York has one of the highest rates of RF traffic in the world,” he said. “With the Lectrosonics scanning system, I know very quickly what I’m up against in any given area and I can tell which block to use.”
Hoff reflected on how the nature of his business has changed over the years, “Like most production sound mixers my age, I started out by hard wiring the boom mics and using wireless mics sparingly—that is, until the advent of the Lectrosonics 400 series transmitters and receivers. This equipment revolutionized the way I work, making things faster and more flexible without sacrificing any sound quality. These days, my boom operators listen on Lectrosonics IFB receivers and transmit their mics to me on Lectrosonics transmitters.”
For any location sound engineer, quality customer and technical support services are crucial. Here too, Hoff has been very pleased with Lectrosonics. “Lectrosonics’ customer support services are really good,” he says. “I know that I can always contact the company and reach a support technician who understands what I’m trying to accomplish. I’ve been particularly impressed with the quality of service provided by Queens-based Jaycee Communications, which is operated by Jerry Cudmore. Jerry’s knowledge of the equipment, his suggestions, and fast turnaround for repair has been great.”
For more information about Unforgettable, go to http://www.cbs.com/shows/unforgettable/. For additional information about the services of Larry Hoff, contact him at 914-391-9186 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo Information: (from left to right): Gary Silver, Paul Koronkiewicz, and Larry Hoff