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Opera Looks To Lectrosonics For Wireless Infrastructure

Sound quality, RF agility, and compact form factor crucial aspects for space-themed project

By PSW Staff October 26, 2012

The International Space Orchestra team (L-R) Taj Kawahara, A2; Alan Chang, A1 Supervising Sound Mixer; Will Magro, A2; and Adam Pena, A2. Photo Credit: Neil Berret

The International Space Orchestra is the world’s first orchestra of space scientists. Blending space exploration with musical performance; the International Space Orchestra’s members are individuals drawn from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence), Singularity University, and the International Space University.

The world premiere of Ground Control: An Opera in Space— a staged concert inspired by mission control rooms—was performed live by the International Space Orchestra on September 13th.

Produced by the Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio with the kind support of Phoebe Greenwood, a documentary film titled International Space Orchestra: Making Of, will debut in November. In each case, Lectrosonics wireless microphone technology was an integral component to the success of these projects.

Sound designer and mix engineer Alan Chang served as the A1 Supervising Sound Mixer for the projects. Due to the complexities and the size of the cast on these projects, Chang used a large assortment of Lectrosonics wireless microphone technology.

His arsenal included three fully-stocked Lectrosonics Venue receiver systems that were outfitted with a combination of VRS and VRT receiver modules. Augmenting the twenty-four channels afforded by the Venue mainframes, he also used three Lectrosonics UCR411a compact receivers. Feeding these receivers was a contingent of twelve Lectrosonics LMa beltpack transmitters, five UM400a beltpack transmitters, two UM200C beltpack transmitters, one SMQV super-miniature beltpack transmitter, one SMa super-miniature beltpack transmitter, one UT400 handheld transmitter, one HM plug-on transmitter, and one UH400TM plug-on transmitter.

“Most of the transmitters were worn by the choir members as well as several key musicians and all were outfitted with Sanken COS-11D ultra-miniature omnidirectional lavaliere microphones,” Chang reports. “The handheld and plug-on transmitters were used for the Q&A talk series that included several of NASA Ames’ finest engineers and scientists.


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