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Recording Modern Family

Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS, has served as production sound mixer on Modern Family since the show’s first season, and now consolidates all of his audio tracks into one Sound Devices 970 deck, with a second 970 serving as his backup.
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Los Angeles, CA (June 22, 2016)—Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS, has served as production sound mixer on Modern Family since the show’s first season, and now consolidates all of his audio tracks into one Sound Devices 970 deck, with a second 970 serving as his backup. 

Tibbo primarily uses Schoeps CMIT 5 U mics for his overhead booms. He also uses the Sennheiser MKH 50s and Schoeps Colette Series of modular mics for reverberant places, like the bathroom, which can be relatively tight. To that, Tibbo adds three Lectrosonics Venue systems with SM, SMQ and MM400 transmitters, with UM400as on the booms. He also uses Countryman B6s for button-hole applications, along with a range of Sanken and Sennheiser miking solutions, with Lectrosonics’ SSM micro transmitter.

“Sound Devices products are made like tanks; they are very high quality,” says Tibbo, owner and operator of Tibbo Sound. “The 970 is perfect for a show like Modern Family, since it has such a high track count. It’s great to have all my audio in one place. In addition, being able to access media by flipping down the screen is a great feature and very convenient.”

While the 970 replaced a Sound Devices 788T within his cart, he still uses his portable recorders for on-location, portable applications. A recent episode was set completely on a train, and while it was filmed on stage with a green screen, Tibbo wanted to get some natural ambience so it felt real.

“After we shot the episode, my friend and boom operator Srdjan “Serge” Popovic boarded the train from Union Station up to Santa Barbara with the Sound Devices 788T,” says Tibbo. “Having the 788T enabled him to capture some great effects of the natural train sounds, the doors, etc. Production is a lot of problem solving. When you have the right tools for the job, it makes your life easier.”

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