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Sound Devices Mixer Survives the Frozen North

Greenland (May 20, 2009)--Sound Devices' 302 mixer was put to the test during the making of the documentary, Going North, on location in Greenland, where temperatures reached -29 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Greenland (May 20, 2009)--Sound Devices' 302 mixer was put to the test during the making of the documentary, Going North, on location in Greenland, where temperatures reached -29 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Going North is a five-part series that profiles the preparation and actual crossing of six Dutch natives as they fulfill their dream to traverse Greenland on foot. The documentary aired on Holland's public television station and is currently available on demand (www.goingnorth.avro.nl).

Designed specifically for over-the-shoulder field productions, the Sound Devices 302 mixer has a compact design that offers access to its three main surfaces even while wearing cold weather gear. For Going North, made by Dutch documentary company New Earth Films, the 302 was used in conjunction with a HDV Sony A1 camera and Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone.

"While shooting the actual journey across Greenland, we traveled alongside the team on snow mobiles and we simply tied the mixer in a bag to the back of the snow mobile," Augello explains. "We were going through some pretty rough terrain, and a couple of times, the snow mobile rolled over with the sound mixer on it, but the mixer kept working."

The 302 was able to last for 20 hours on its three AA batteries and was also able to withstand the extreme temperature changes as the crew rested in its tents between shoots. "When taking a typical mixer from a humid tent to outside, that humidity tends to freeze to your electrical equipment," says Augello "If there is any design fault in the equipment, this is when it would be illustrated, because the electronic circuits would be affected by the rapid change in temperature and humidity. With the Sound Devices 302 mixer, we did not experience this."

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