December 06, 2012, by PSW Staff
Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is the largest Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company in Canada, and is also home to a year-round Drama School and education programs for youth.
In recently updating its wireless microphone technology, the theatre went with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, in no small part due to its modular, expandable, design.
The upgrade has grown from a modest start into a 12-channel system consisting of LMa transmitters and Venue receiver mainframes.
“In the fall of 2010,” explains Jeff Cummings, production manager of YPT, “we made our first Lectrosonics wireless purchase with a 2-channel system consisting of two LMa Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitters and a VRMWB Venue Series receiver mainframe stocked with two VRT receiver modules.
“Just recently, we were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and this enabled us to expand the system to a total of 12 channels,” he continues. “We also have four Lectrosonics SNA 600 dipole antennas to ensure strong, trouble-free reception.
“Our present setup consists of twelve LMa backpack transmitters and a total of three Venue receiver mainframes. We have two Venue receiver systems in our 460-seat Mainstage Theatre and the third Venue resides in the 115-seat Studio Theatre. The Venue systems in the Mainstage Theatre are populated with a total of 10 channels, while the remaining two channels are housed in the Studio Theatre.
“But what makes the Lectrosonics Venue system so exceptional is its modular design. This approach enables us to add more channels by simply moving some Mainstage VRT modules to the Venue mainframe in the Studio system should we need it, or go to a full 12-channel setup for those larger productions in the Mainstage Theatre. Lectrosonics’ modular design provides us with tremendous flexibility to accommodate a wide range of wireless setups.”
Cummings points to the success they had using the Lectrosonics gear on YPT’s Dora Award winning production of A Year With Frog and Toad. “The Lectrosonics wireless equipment served us very well on this project,” he says. “The gear’s sound quality is exceptional and its RF agility is very impressive. There’s a lot of radio frequency interference in a city as big as Toronto, so the ease with which we can identify and lock in available frequencies is a huge benefit. When you add in the ability to hide the transmitters so conveniently within the performer’s wardrobe, you have a system that’s unbeatable for theatrical work.”
YPT also thanks Michael Laird, a Toronto-based sound designer who has designed the sound for its musicals over the past six years, for his expertise and consultations, as well as the advice and services of local supply teams from Dual Audio Services, PA Plus Productions and Westbury National Show Systems.
To learn more about Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre and its productions, visit the organization online at