PORTLAND, ORE.—Open Signal has been serving the Portland community for 35-years, previously as Portland Community Media. In January, Open Signal officially opened as a full-scale, publicly-accessible media arts center, with television studios, marketing classes, artist residencies and a free equipment library. As part of its equipment stock, Open Signal went with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment, including seven LT belt-pack transmitters paired with M152 omnidirectional lavalier microphones.
The Open Signal facility houses two production studios that are available to certified media producers for the creation of TV shows, music videos, news reports or other content. The 2,000-square-foot Studio A offers five dolly-mounted cameras, a video switcher, a lighting package and cyclorama green screen, as well as a digital audio mixing console. Studio B enables a single operator to control three robotic PTZ cameras from a control room; it also features a green screen cyc and digital desk.
Certified students are also eligible to use Open Signal’s cameras, software and gear for free, as long as they share the content on the organization’s cable channels.
The Lectrosonic transmitters and lav mics can be used either in studio or in the field, but Open Signal recommends to use them in the field because of their wireless capabilities.
Open Signal provides certification programs for Portland residents interested in media and offers its content on five local channels.