Mark Ronson (headphones) records a 110m hurdler in Denver for Coca-Cola's "Beat 2012" Olympic anthem, using two linked Sound Devices 788T digital recorders.
London, UK (August 13, 2012)-A Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder captured the sound of world-class athletes in action for "Beat 2012," a documentary chronicling Mark Ronson's creation of Coca-Cola's anthem for the 2012 Summer Games.
Ronson, along with location sound recordist, Diego Sanchez, relied on the 788T to record the sounds of the five different athletes from five different countries and five different disciplines selected for the film.
For the documentary, directed by Kim Gehrig and produced by Somesuch & Co, Sanchez traveled with Ronson and a crew of five people to Singapore to meet an archer; Moscow to meet a 400m runner; Mexico to meet a Tae Kwon Do fighter; Denver to meet a 110m hurdler; and London to meet a table tennis player. As the crew observed each athlete's routine in the arena and at home, Ronson listened to the principal sounds of each sport to get a feel for the right mix. With the technical support of sound designer Henning Köphnel and location recording advice from Sanchez, Ronson recorded the sounds while each athlete performed his sport.
"We decided to record the sport sounds to two linked Sound Devices 788T digital recorders, as we anticipated a multitude of different microphones in each situation," says Sanchez. "We opted for Sound Devices for several reasons. First, I have used these recorders for years, and being the only member of the sound crew with location experience, it seemed logical to stick to them. Second, their small size meant a small package for a 16-track recorder, allowing the crew to relocate and reset, while filming with ease. Also, the amazing headphone monitoring and track routings of the 788T allowed crew members to each listen to a different mic or mix, while still recording all of them."
For the dialogue, Sanchez recorded to another 788T, using the Sound Devices CL-8 controller to mix.
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