West Hollywood, CA (August 19, 2004)–Production sound recordist Paul Baldwin travels all over the world working on such shows as the Superbowl, 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, and Cops. One of his specialties is the “sit-down” interview and his microphones of choice are Sanken, in particular the new CS-1 short shotgun and the COS-11 lavalier.
“I often use both a lavalier on the speaker and a shotgun on a boom, just out of the shot,” Baldwin explained. “I put the lav on track one and the shotgun on track two so that the editor can choose which works best. For example, a woman who is softspoken might sound better with a boom, while someone with a loud voice would sound good with a lavalier.”
Baldwin elaborated on the use of the Sanken CS-1 short shotgun, “It’s light, compact and inexpensive, with a nice, rich tone. I really like the fact that you can talk behind it and off-axis there is virtually no sound. It’s got a lot of presence and gives you a good amount of ambient sound.”
The Sanken lavalier is an alternate tool for recording interviews. “The COS-11 has so much bottom, you’d never believe it was a lavalier,” Baldwin offerec. “You can hide it essentially in plain sight and it just sounds spectacular–I usually run it through a buttonhole or tape it just inside the collar where the v-neck meets so that it is out of sight but not buried. If you have someone speaking, like Morley Safer or Mike Wallace, who have great timbre in their voices, it carries every bit of it. I own just about every lav ever made and the Sanken is the Rolls-Royce of all the lavaliers. Everybody I know who does serious sit-down interviews prefers the Sanken.”
Working with the combination of a concealed lavalier and shotgun on a boom has proven to be a good combination for Baldwin. “I record with both and you can barely tell the difference between the two. It’s surprising that the gain is almost identical on the mixer.”
In closing, Baldwin offered an interesting anecdote: “I use both wireless and wired lavaliers, depending on the situation. If you think the subject might get up and leave if he’s asked an embarrassing question, I hard-line them. It takes some time to get the wire off and reach down and unhook it from the XLRs. They say all sorts of interesting things while they are unhooking themselves.”
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