Calgary, AB, Canada (February 5, 2016)—Production sound mixer Brad Martin has been using on Sound Devices mixers since launching his company, Brad the Sound Guy, four years ago, including on 2015’s Mississippi Snake Grabbers for Country Music Television Canada.
“The 442 is a great machine,” says Martin. “For the ENG-style work I was doing regularly, it was fantastic. The ability to feed multiple cameras with return feeds, and just the absolute reliability that came along with it, were second to none. These days I mainly use a 552 and a 664, and they both come with that same rock-solid performance I've come to expect.”
Martin was first introduced to Sound Devices while working in the rental department of the Toronto branch of Trew Audio, where he was mainly setting up rental packages comprised of Sound Devices 302s, 442s, 702Ts, and 744Ts. The first mixer he worked with on a regular basis was the Sound Devices 442.
For Mississippi Snake Grabbers, says Martin, “The shoots took place in Lake Washington, Mississippi, where it was incredibly hot and humid. Between the sweltering heat, the humidity, the ice-cold air conditioning and the intense daily thunderstorms, my 552 never missed a beat. While mics were failing due to the extreme temperature swings, my mixer always kept up and performed exactly as I would expect. Because we were sending audio to camera via wireless hop, it was always great to know I had a broadcast-quality recording happening simultaneously, just in case.”
Sometimes Martin is faced with a boom-only kind of day; other times, he builds out his kit with multiple wireless booms, sync boxes, camera hops and IFBs. He uses Lectrosonics wireless, exclusively with Sanken COS-11 and Countryman B6 lavs. His boom mics include a Sennheiser MKH 416 and MKH 50, and a Neumann KMR 81 i. He also uses a few Peter Engh Omnigoose mics.