Chino Hills, CA (March 2, 2016)—Production sound mixer Jesse Parker turned to Sound Devices’ 688 mixer/recorder and SL-6 integrated powering and wireless system to record the audio for Emma’s Chance, a film about a troubled girl who forms an unlikely bond with a rescued horse.
“One of the challenges during filming was getting sound from the actors and horses without spooking the animals,” says Parker. “As a result, I was unable to boom and had to use lavs for almost the entire production. I had my Sound Devices 688 with SL-6 and two Wisycom MCR42 receivers, along with a couple of Wisycom MTP41 transmitters with DPA 4061 mics. I had to rely completely on the 688, 4061s, and Wisycom wireless system to capture all of the audio.”
Parker placed mics throughout the stables and even hid them on the horses, “anywhere else I could to still get clean sound without the boom,” he says. “It was quite a challenge but sounded just as good as a boom would. It was an absolute dream to have that gear with me on set, since we were in a really noisy RF environment. The SL-6, along with the Wisycom SuperSlot-compatible receivers, allowed me to easily identify the cleanest frequencies available.”
Parker says that chose the 688 for Emma’s Chance in part for its multi-purpose features. “Having a recorder and a mixer in one is a huge benefit because you don’t need to have any extra gear. The 688 gives me the full range of sample rates from 48- to 192-KHz. That covers all dialogue, sound effects, wild tracks, and any sample rate I would need.