Sounding Out Stranger Things

It seems like everyone is talking about the newly released season two of Stranger Things. It’s fair to guess that there might be a few audio pros among the show's millions of viewers, so if you're one of them and naturally have been wondering about how its sound is handled, we’ve got you covered. Take a ride through our back pages—we’ve been covering the show since before it even hit the air.
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It seems like everyone is talking about the newly released season two of Stranger Things. It’s fair to guess that there might be a few audio pros among the show's millions of viewers, so if you're one of them and naturally have been wondering about how its sound is handled, we’ve got you covered. Take a ride through our back pages—we’ve been covering the show since before it even hit the air.

It seems like everyone is suddenly talking about the newly released season two of Stranger Things, which went live on Netflix last Friday, October 27. No wonder—Nielsen says 15.8 million viewers watched the season premiere in its first three days, while Time Magazine reports 361,000 people simply binge-watched the whole season.

It’s fair to guess that there might be a few audio pros among the show's millions of viewers, so if you're one of them and naturally have been wondering about how its sound is handled, we’ve got you covered. Take a ride through our back pages—we’ve been covering the show since before it even hit the air.

Back in January, 2016, production sound mixer Chris Durfy discussed how he was capturing the then-upcoming series with Lectrosonics 411a receivers, Sound Devices recorders and other gear.

Later that year, in May, he spoke again, this time about the various DPA d:dictate mics, Yamaha QL1 console and other equipment that he was bringing to bear on the show, which was due to debut only a few months later.

But if you want to really dig into the show's audio, pore through our in-depth coverage from spring, 2017 with the show’s entire sound team discussing how its 5.1 soundtrack is created. Talking gear choices, the show’s synthy soundtrack, what it’s like working with Duffer Brothers (the show's creators), and more, it’s a must-read for fans who know about audio.