Ontario, Canada (December 14, 2009)–Sound mixer Kyle Hartigan chronicled Audi’s journey toward winning the Le Mans 24-hour car race trophy again in Truth in 24, an NFL Films production, using Holophone’s H2-PRO surround mic.
The full-length film was shot in high definition and features a surround sound mix of the event, which also included several pre-event races in Sebring, Florida; Long Beach, CA and Monza, Italy before the big day in Le Mans, Sarthe, France, where Audi hoped to win for the eighth time. Hartigan not only utilized Holophone’s H2-PRO to capture sounds on the Le Mans track, but also from the audience and in the pit. He also brought the Holophone into town to capture the sounds of the region, including a local church, a street parade as well as a crowded market.
“When you watch the film, every surround sound effect you hear is real, we didn’t create any of that,” says Hartigan. “It’s all real–every car, every location–and it’s all from Holophone’s H2-PRO.”
As the lead sound mixer throughout the entire project, Hartigan spent three weeks in Le Mans capturing both the lead up to the race and the entire race itself. Hartigan and his four-person sound team used the Holophone H2-PRO along with Sound Devices 788T Digital Recorder to record the sounds of cars going by and the audience, giving viewers a realistic, re-creation of the event in surround sound. Hartigan was driven in a golf cart around the track in order to record different unique locations.
“The Holophone is so low profile, I can take it anywhere,” continues Hartigan. “We had it everywhere, we had it on the track, we had it in the woods, we had it in the pit; I recorded a whole segment with all of the mechanics fixing a car and no one minded it.”