Trantec’s exclusive Japanese Distributor Otaritec has supplied a 32-channel S6000 radio mike system on the Japanese tour of the Tony award-winning musical Blast!

The tour commenced in Tokyo’s Orchard Hall and was directed by James Mason and produced by William A. Cook. The vibrant production delivers a feast of color, sound, and movement. Comprising 54 brass, percussion and 15 visual performers, Blast! is a unique explosion of music and theatre.

Sound designer Mark Wood specified the Trantec S6000 system. With the 15 musicians playing on stage, the radio mike system played an integral role. Wood used low-sensitivity DPA 4062 microphones to deal with the high SPL of the instruments. This combination produced a very natural sound.

The restricted 18MHz (2x8MHz of available RF bandwidth) in Japan makes the successful operation of a 32-channel system very challenging, but using techniques such as custom made front-end filters, the Trantec engineers produced a system up to the job.

The award-winning S6000 system was specified for its wide band frequency agility (operating between 779-805Mhz), which proved very useful within Japan’s notoriously crowded frequency banding.

"The S6000 was ideal for several reasons," explains Otaritec’s product specialist, Kunitaka Fukatsu. The most important being its enormous flexibility and its wide frequency range. This made the system ideal working in our ‘hostile’ Japanese frequency environment. We have never experienced another quality RF system with the bandwidth capabilities of the S6000–we don’t think anything else could have done the job. Another reason is the minute size of the transmitter…. Additionally, its superb sound quality, coupled with its innovative remote control software made the S6000 system our first choice on Blast!"