Los Angeles, CA (October 1, 2012)—Stickman Sound owner and sound supervisor Fernando Delgado and his crew have come to rely on Sound Devices for their reality television work.
Armed with an arsenal of Sound Devices 788T digital recorders with CL-9 linear fader controllers and Sound Devices 552 field production mixers, Delgado and his team work on a wide range of shows in production, including Design Star on HGTV, The Devil’s Ride (Discovery), Top Shot (History Channel) and UFC Presents The Ultimate Fighter (FX).
On FX Network’s The Ultimate Fighter, Delgado employs seven Sound Devices 552 based field audio packages, each with four Lectrosonics 411As and a Schoeps CMIT shotgun mic, along with a Zaxcom Stereoline camera link system. The sound department deploys eight production sound mixers, a multitrack engineer and three audio assists who manage media, freshen batteries and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
On Design Star, Delgado used six 552s and two 788Ts with two CL-9s, mostly to capture dialogue. The show, shot primarily in the field, kicked off with a cast of 12 contestants, three judges and a host, with each episode seeing the elimination of one contestant. Delgado used two 788Ts with CL-9s on a cart for the predominately field-based reality show.
All of the reality shows Delgado works on present some interesting and unique recording challenges. According to Delgado, “You never know what to expect when working in reality television. For instance, a unique aspect of recording the show Top Shot is that all of the gunfire is real. The show does not use any canned audio. When we’re not shooting the challenges for each episode, we take our two Sound Devices 788Ts into the field along with a sizable array of microphones and spend hours capturing audio. The producers want every weapon to sound exactly as if you were standing right next to it and the 788Ts do a fantastic job of capturing these sounds.”
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