Production mixer Brendan Beebe CAS has revealed that recurring American Horror Story star, Sarah Paulson brings her personal Lectrosonics SSM Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitter to every shoot, as did Lady Gaga when she appeared in the show’s fifth season, Hotel.
The FX network’s American Horror Story has become one of the most awarded series on cable television. Garnering 28 Primetime Emmy and 50 Creative Arts Emmy awards since its 2011 debut, its signature is a core cast that returns each season as new characters facing (or being) new menaces.
The ensemble includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Lady Gaga, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. Paulson is proactive about the role of audio in capturing an ideal performance, which is why she brings her own Lectrosonics SSM Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitter to every shoot.
Beebe reveals that in addition to the SSM, American Horror Story also employs SMV and HMa transmitters, UCR411a receivers, and the IFB-T4 and IFB-R1B pairing for monitoring.
“I first encountered Lectrosonics in, I think, 1996 or ’97,” he reminisces. “Warner Brothers used it exclusively, and with each new generation, it just got better. Then the digital hybrid technology just changed the whole game – it became the gold standard in Hollywood.”
According to Beebe, who started out as a driver for a sound rental company – “they hired me because I was the only guy who showed up wearing a tie,” – the first factor that makes Lectrosonics the gold standard for AHS is its dynamic range.