Culver City, CA (July 20, 2006)–ADR mixer Howard London at Sony Studios turned to the Aphex 1788A 8-Channel Remote Controlled Mic Preamplifier for Sony Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code dialog loops on principle actors such as Tom Hanks, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, and others.
Howard London, ADR mixer for The Da Vinci Code
, with the remote control for his Aphex 1788A mic pre in Sony’s ADR-1 studio in their Culver City production center”The sound quality of the 1788A is impeccable, but that’s not its biggest benefit for ADR mixing,” said London, speaking from Sony’s Culver City (CA) studios where he did dialog replacement for such films as Memoirs of a Geisha, The Legend of Zorro, and The Passion of the Christ. “The 1788A’s real advantage is that it allows me to work so quickly that I think I’m aging more slowly,” he said with a smile.
Like many major films, The Da Vinci Code is comprised of dialog that is a combination of production sound and ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement) loops, where an actor overdubs his lines after the filming process is completed. Being able to precisely match microphone characteristics, perspective, performance levels and vocal timbre to the production sound is paramount to a successful dialog mix. It is not uncommon to have actors perform hundreds upon hundreds of lines on the ADR stage for a full-length feature film, which is why London places so much emphasis on the 1788A’s ability to speed up his workflow process while improving audio quality.
“The 1788A was specifically designed for incredibly busy production environments like Howard runs at Sony,” said Marvin Caesar, Aphex president. “It speeds up complex routing setups by offering up to three digital and two analog outputs that are simultaneously available. It offers our exclusive MicLim circuit that eliminates preamp overload, translating into no lost takes. Also, the 1788A’s gain can be adjusted in extremely subtle 0.125dB increments, while never adding noise or glitches in the process. We’re very proud that many of today’s most acclaimed films use the 1788A for these reasons, in addition to its outstanding audio quality.”
In related news, Aphex announced at NAB ’06 in April that the 1788A is now able to be remotely controlled via Digidesign’s Pro Tools software and hardware as well as over Ethernet via Aphex’ 1788SW control software for Mac and Windows. A dedicated hardware controller, the 1788RC, is also available.