Opened in 1998, The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center is part of the Park City School District, Park City, Utah.
The venue serves as the anchor facility of the renowned Sundance Film Festival and is host to a wide range of student and professional cultural events. With the facility’s diverse program schedule, wireless microphone technology is integral to many of the performances that take place here. Recently the venue invested in Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology to ensure flawless delivery.
David Hallock, production manager at Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, is responsible for all general venue oversight, which includes purchasing, scheduling, and design. He also oversees technical direction for all school district sponsored events.
Hallock recently approved the purchase of eighteen Lectrosonics LMa beltpack transmitters, six HH handheld transmitters, three Venue mainframe receiver systems fully stocked with Lectrosonics’ VRS receiver modules, and a pair of ALP650 Log Periodic Dipole Array (LPDA) antennas.
“We purchased our Lectrosonics equipment in the fall of 2013,” Hallock reports. “From an audio quality perspective, Lectrosonics’ lack of companding offers truly un-colored audio performance and excellent response.
“Equally important, the very narrow band transmission capabilities of the transmitters, along with the rock-solid stability of the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless system made this equipment the ideal choice for future proofing ourselves against the expected sale of the 600 band of wireless spectrum.”
Among the many projects at Eccles Center, Hallock recently utilized the new Lectrosonics equipment with the Park City School District’s staging of Bye Bye Birdie, the popular musical inspired by the phenomenon of legendary singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.
“We used the new LMa transmitters and Venue receivers on our production this past November,” Hallock said. “Using the Lectrosonics system in combination with our existing sub 600 MHz wireless equipment, we were able to run 36 channels for two and a half weeks with absolutely no dropouts.
“I was also very impressed with the durability of the equipment. The LMa transmitters held up to everything the students had to offer—without so much as a scratch.”
“For this production,” he continued, “the extremely flat frequency and phase response of the Digital Hybrid Wireless system made for a very high feedback threshold. Given that we had 34 mics on the deck at one time, this was a huge benefit.
“At one point, we had two lead characters standing directly in front of the house mains having an intimate conversation, and we had no problem getting enough level for them to be heard. Combine that with Lectrosonics’ almost non-existent noise floor, and the mix was greatly simplified.”
Hallock adds that he was very impressed with Lectrosonics support.
“Scott Woolley, the Lectrosonics sales manager in our territory, was incredibly supportive,” he said. “Scott even made an on-site visit to help us set up and frequency coordinate the system with our existing wireless equipment. He was very helpful.”
“The Lectrosonics system has surpassed every claim,” Hallock concludes. “The audio quality is as good as having a wire, and the stability, quality, and ability to tight pack the frequencies means that we will be set on wireless for a long time. We are very pleased with our new equipment.”