Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 17, 2016)—Production sound mixer Darren Brisker, whose résumé includes three of The Twilight Saga films, has used Sound Devices for his audio mixing and recording needs for many years.
Brisker was first introduced to Sound Devices when he purchased a 744T recorder, which remains in his kit to this day as a sound effects and field ambience recorder. Brisker has since purchased two 6 Series mixer/recorders—the 664 and the 688—as well as two rack-mount 970 recorders, running in firmware version 2.20’s “insanely well implemented” group mode.
“I didn’t even consider any other machine when purchasing these recorders. They simply have no competition,” says Brisker. “Sound Devices’ reliability and support is insurmountable. Being able to record to various media simultaneously and then easily pull that media out and hand it off to anyone that has a USB port is a key feature leading to my selection of these recorders. Add to that the screen size, good keyboard implementation, and Internal Sound Report generator, and it is easy to see why I did not consider any other machines.”
The launch of the 688 introduced Brisker to the MixAssist feature. “I was using another portable recorder, and while it didn’t necessarily need replacing, I kept thinking about Sound Devices’ MixAssist capabilities as I started doing more shows that featured multi-cast member shots. With so much ad-libbing going on, there were occasions where I was reluctant to fade anybody out.”
Brisker got to experience MixAssist when he used the 688 for the first time on Fear the Walking Dead on scenes with multiple actors ad-libbing. “To my amazement, it was flawless. It assisted me in balancing the levels of everybody seamlessly, with no perceptible phasing. I could not believe what it was able to accomplish; it made an instant believer out of me.”