Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2015)—Production mixer Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, recently deployed his Sound Devices 664 production mixer on Ellen DeGeneres’s first cable show, Ellen’s Design Challenge, on HGTV, which premiered January 26, 2015.
McCoy, owner and operator of Los Angeles-based ToneMesa, Inc., a location and post production audio, has made several Sound Devices products mainstays on various projects, including NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, the ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Rising Star, and on Syfy’s Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
“You don’t get called to do a show like Ellen’s Design Challenge too often, where you have a big-name celebrity and need to knock out a show in just four weeks, so this was a pretty epic job,” says McCoy. “It is a show that features a lot of furniture construction, and as I have come to expect from Sound Devices, all of their equipment held up really well in this harsh environment. I specifically utilized the 664 for this project and was really impressed with its feature set.”
McCoy has traditionally used a digital audio production console, but for Ellen’s Design Challenge, he employed the routing capabilities of the Sound Devices 664 instead. “It really blew my mind that I could do so much routing, and output/input and level changing on such a compact piece of equipment,” he says. “It was very freeing to not have to cart around a 50-pound board. I was able to feed a control room, stage PA and the green room, all with one 664.”