Jonathan Wyatt has been using Audio Limited Wireless Systems throughout his 30-year career.
“I have pretty much been using Audio radiomics throughout my career and when the A10’s came out I knew they would sound incredible. I still have my Audio 2040 kits which also sound great, although I am currently using nothing but A10’s at the moment. Compared with other radios the A10’s sound fantastic! They have a terrific limiter. We love the app, having non-invasive control over the transmitter is great.
I have used the A10’s on Gentleman Jack (BBC/HBO), Cold Call (C5) and am about to use them on another period drama – All Creatures Great and Small (a remake of the period James Herriot vet series which is being made by Playground).
[Working on Gentleman Jack] was one of the most challenging but enjoyable jobs I have done – the crew was remarkable and we were telling a great story. The sound team was a four man team: Dan Dewsnap 1st AS, Adam Johnston 2nd AS, Joe Allman Trainee and myself as Production Sound Mixer.
The biggest challenge of the shoot was filming a costume drama with period dress that could sometimes be noisy. We were also in a contemporary environment with traffic and aircraft etc. We also had some minor noise issues with the MKH50’s but always found a workaround and I’m very proud to say there was minimal ADR. Everyone was very pleased with the results we delivered.
We were using a Cantar X3 to record on with ten A10-TX’s (two on booms and eight lavs) to capture the production sound. Eight came in to the recorder digitally via the A10-Rack and the other two coming into the microphone inputs. I own 14 A10-TX units and there’s no problem with spacing the frequencies. We can get up to 20 kits running in CH38 so that’s fantastic. We used a standard range of microphones: MKH416’s, MKH50’s on the booms and our go-to lavs were DPA4060 core microphones.
Using the A10’s was a bit of a learning curve. I think I started a shoot with them all on high power and within seconds was on the phone to Kishore (Patel, Managing Director of Audio Ltd) at Audio asking why I had no range. Kish explained that it was possible to overload the receiver at close range and to try low power. This resolved the issue and I now have everything on low power from the start. Initially if we need a bit more range I just move my antennas a bit closer.”
When he isn’t on location, Jonathan plays trombone and has been the bandleader of the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band for over 30 years. Visit them here.
Gentleman Jack images by Matt Squire and Aimee Spinks. Lookout Point Ltd, HBO 2019. The contents of this article are the views of Jonathan Wyatt and imply no endorsement by the BBC, HBO or Lookout Point. This article is for publication only on sounddevices.com and audioltd.com.