Ever thought of going wireless boom as a sound op who carries their own mixer?
Something I’ve seen done for a while now is the wireless boom – using a wireless system to transmit sound from your shotgun mic to your mixer. No more boom cable! No more wrapping cable around the boom pole, no more cable rattling against the boom pole, and no more coiling and uncoiling the boom cable. It sure looks like an improvement over traditional cabled operating.
Now I never thought of going to a wireless boom since I carry my mixer with me and I’ve used an internally cabled boom pole for over a decade now – minimal boom cable issues. But when my VDB boom pole started to creak from years of service I thought I’d look into it. I do still have concerns about RF stability, but wireless systems have gotten so good and transmitters are smaller and lighter then ever. It’s time to give it a go.
So here’s what my wireless boom setup looks like.
Before I jumped the plane to Guatemala, I saw Dion at Trew Audio in Burnaby who set me up with a new Ambient QX565 boom pole (I love this boom pole) and a clamp to connect the wireless transmitter to the shotgun mic. I connected my Shure UR3 transmitter plug on adaptor, the one I use for going wireless with a hand held mic, and it works like a charm.
The added weight from the transmitter isn’t that much since I now don’t have the weight of a boom cable. The Shure UR wireless system is a diversity system so it’s 100% rock solid – no hits or drop outs.
It really is a lot easier and way more efficient. I honestly didn’t think there’d be that much of an improvement! Since I record on my Sound Devices 664 mixer, there’s now no cables to deal with. I’m faster then ever at getting ready to shoot and there’s no cable noise like I’d sometimes have with my internally cabled boom pole. If I need two hands to do something, I just ask someone to hang on to the boom pole, easy.
Now something that I’d never done before, because it was such a pain in the butt and took too much time, was use my shotgun mic as a plant mic. But wouldn’t you know it, the first shot one day was a big wide shot of talent walking through a field with long morning shadows – no chance at all to boom it! But within a couple of minutes I had my shotgun mic including the Rycote hidden under some brush in perfect position to record – it was awesome!
I’ll continue shooting this way for the rest of this show and evaluate the tracks in my studio, but it’s sure nice when you discover something that makes your job a whole lot easier – even if it’s not really that new.