Italy (April 2, 2021)—Veteran sound designer and mixer Maurizio Argentieri relied on his Metric Halo ULN-8 and 2882 interfaces when he worked on Sophia Loren’s new film, The Life Ahead, including for on-set dialog recording.
Argentieri has had his Metric Halo 2882 for going on 20 years. He uses the 2882 to input his rig of Lectrosonics lavalier microphones at line-level and Shure Axient Digital lavaliers via the digital input in ULN8. Shure Axient Digital allow him to make microphone adjustments on the transmitters remotely. He uses the ULN-8 for two channels of Sennheiser MKH 80 large-diaphragm microphones run through two channels of Manley tube preamplifiers. He uses the six remaining ULN-8 channels for his custom-built double-MS microphone rigs for surround sound ambience and sound effects.
“With Metric Halo’s MH Link technology, the two interfaces have zero latency and appear as one in my computer,” Argentieri said. “Whereas other engineers might use a portable recorder, Metric Halo effectively gives me a portable studio, and that makes a huge difference. The monitoring quality with the Metric Halo headphone preamps is excellent and gives me a pleasant experience all day long.”
More importantly, he continues, “I can record all of the tracks raw, leaving any processing decisions for post-production, while also processing, mixing, and mastering the tracks to create rough a stereo mix that goes with the dailies. These days, people all around the world are reviewing the dailies, and they review them on anything from professional monitors to smartphones. The processing, mixing, and mastering uses Metric Halo’s onboard DSP to give them the kind of compression, equalization and impact the director and other decision-makers are expecting of the final mix. I’ll even throw in some Metric Halo HaloVerb to add ambience for scenes that really require it, like churches.”
He recalls, “While filming The Life Ahead, we got stuck in a huge thunderstorm. I normally work under a pop-up roof, but the rain came down so hard that the roof collapsed! A ton of water got all over everything. My computer died, but both the Metric Halo ULN-8 and 2882 came out fine. I swapped out for a new computer and was recording audio on the rig the very next day.”
Critics have hailed The Life Ahead, which was directed by Loren’s son, Edoardo Ponti, as one of the best films of the year, and it has already earned numerous awards and a nomination for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe win for Best Original Song by Dianne Warren and Laura Pausini. Celebrated actress and octogenarian Sophia Loren’s performance has also been tipped for an Oscar win.
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