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Sunny Shines on Sound Devices

Television sound mixer George Flores, CAS, currently working on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” recently added Sound Devices’ new 664 Field Production Mixer to his sound cart.
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Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2013)—Television sound mixer George Flores, CAS, currently working on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, recently added Sound Devices’ new 664 Field Production Mixer to his sound cart.

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Having previously used the 664 as the master recorder to help capture audio for the Warner Brothers/TNT police drama Southland, Flores incorporated the 664 into his workflow for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has similar production challenges. “With its high volume of inputs, the 664 worked tremendously well on the set of Southland,” explains Flores.

“As we ran around the city, it was able to sufficiently perform under situations where you had to run off batteries. We also like to have everything on our sound cart at all times and the 664’s light footprint enables us to do so. Its overall design, combined with its stellar performance, makes the Sound Devices 664 the logical choice for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is shot like a sitcom, it also incorporates unconventional elements, requiring additional flexibility from the crew. “Utilizing three to four cameras, the crew often shoots individual close-ups of two people simultaneously, which can be physically challenging for the boom operators,” says Flores. “Also, while the show’s creators like to shoot structured, scripted performances, they like to keep camera angles and setups flexible enough to try new ideas on the fly. The 664 allows us to capture audio that reflects this, resulting in finely crafted comedic dialogue with some interesting curve balls.”

He adds, “We wire all the cast members and yet boom 95 percent of the show, so the preamps and Sound Devices’ CL-6 inputs for both the hardline and wireless booms have worked very well.” The CL-6 Input Expander, a companion accessory to the 664, adds six analog line-level inputs to the mixer. With the 664 connected to the CL-6, users can record all 12 input channels and four outputs, for a total of 16 tracks.

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