Los Angeles, CA (August 30, 2016)—Emmy Award-winning production sound mixer Simon Farmer used a Sound Devices 442 mixer and 744T recorder for his work on the British drama series, The Enfield Haunting, which earned him and the sound team a 2016 BAFTA Television Craft Sound – Fiction award nomination. The unit’s multi-track capabilities allowed him to record a stereo mix track, along with ISO tracks for the boom and the actors’ radio mics, providing all the tracks he needed.
“I was looking for a mixer with flexibility to provide the outputs I needed to feed multiple cameras and a DAT machine,” he says. “I stopped searching when I found the Sound Devices 442 mixer. This machine had all the outputs I needed with great quality, all at a reasonable cost. As the projects grew in size and complexity, I added a Sound Devices 744T recorder to the cart, replacing the DAT machine. I then added a Sound Devices 664 production mixer, along with a Sound Devices 702T recorder running as a back-up machine recording the mix tracks.”
Farmer recently also worked on The Royals, E! Entertainment Television’s drama about a fictional English royal family. “The Royals is a multi-camera shoot with several different kinds of cameras being used, all of which need to be synced up. Sound Devices products have very stable timecode,” says Farmer.
“Once we had set up the time on the 664, it was easy to run around with either Tentacle Sync or Ambient Recording timecode boxes. The ability to be able to keep track of the cast, by listing which character is on which ISO track, was very important on a show like The Royals because it was so fast paced.”