London, England (June 2, 2004)–With the New Zealand film industry enjoying a considerably heightened profile in recent years, Steve Buckland and Mike Westgate of film sound specialists Sound Techniques couldn’t wait to get their hands on the first HHB Portadrive Location Sound Recorder to arrive in the country.
An experienced sound mixer with many New Zealand films, documentaries, commercials, U.S. TV productions and Cousteau international expeditions to his credit, Westgate put the new Portadrive straight into service on E.S., a film written and directed by Zia Mandviwalla. E.S. depicts the simple life of a Korean couple and contains minimal dialogue and no music, relying on high quality sound effects to set the mood and support powerful images captured on a new Kodak film stock.
“At last a machine that has a confident and solid feel,” Westgate enthused, with the project now successfully completed. “The clarity of the displays, the logical access to everything, instant review of the last take and stunning sound quality, there is nothing that the Portadrive fails to offer. I listened to all the production recordings after the shoot and the Portadrive had accurately captured all the nuances of the stereo microphones perfectly.”
The Portadrive combines eight-track 24-bit/96kHz recording on a removable hard drive with simultaneous recording of mono or two-channel rushes to an external drive, sophisticated on-board mixing and comprehensive timecode facilities. Flexible, session-based file transfer to Mac and PC workstations is facilitated by a low-cost ‘Docking Station,’ which is available in chassis form to fit a 5.25″ IDE drive bay, or as a standalone Firewire/USB device.
Speaking for HHB, Portadrive product manager, Henry Edwards, said, “The Portadrive is designed to provide intuitive operation, maximum flexibility, and above all, pristine audio recordings. We’re naturally delighted that the Portadrive performed so well for Mike on E.S..”
HHB products are distributed exclusively in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation.