El Segundo, CA (August 16, 2005)–Independent composer/sound designer/supervisor Frank Serafine recently took delivery of two MXL 993 shotgun microphones for use on his current project, Taking Charge, a new film from The Vine Entertainment group. Further, Serafine is also the proud owner of MXL’s new V6 Silicon Valve microphone.
For Taking Charge, a modern day Bonnie & Clyde story starring Malcom McDowell, Clint Howard and rising star Amanda Brooks, Serafine employed the MXL 993s for both ADR as well as Foley recording. Accustomed to working with a variety of high-end German microphones that are well entrenched in the film world for these applications, Serafine reports that he was genuinely pleased with the 993’s performance-not to mention more than a little surprised.
“The MXL 993s exhibit a very clean, warm-bodied sound that is ideal for a wide range of recording tasks,” noted Serafine. “These mics do a terrific job of emulating the sound characteristics of many of the finest German microphones-at a fraction of the price.”
Serafine, whose storied contributions to the film industry include work on numerous blockbuster films, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Hunt for Red October and Virtuosity, to name but a few, also reports that his new V6 Silicon Valve condenser microphone is finding its rightful place in his equipment arsenal. With a number of voiceover sessions to gauge its performance, Serafine finds the V6, “a warm, full sounding microphone that is absolutely transparent-making it ideal for vocal applications.”
While the V6 and 993 may represent the newest additions to his microphone collection, they do not represent Serafine’s first experience with the MXL brand. “I’ve worked with a number of MXL microphones over the years,” stated Serafine, “and I am continually surprised by how much value the company packs into its products.”