Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2016)—Production sound mixer Edward L. Moskowitz, CAS, adopted Sound Devices’ 970 as his primary multitrack recorder for the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.
Moskowitz connects the 970 to his Yamaha 01V96i digital mixing console. “The Dante capabilities and the ability to utilize a high track count go hand-in-hand in making the 970 such a useful production tool. Both the electronic as well as the mechanical performance has been excellent,” he says.
“Life in Pieces is a traditional, single camera-style TV sitcom shot without an audience,” explains Moskowitz. “The ensemble cast consists of 14 actors plus any guest cast. The pacing of comedic television being what it is, the cast is given a certain amount of freedom to react and adlib with dialogue, so it is necessary to cover the entire cast. Even with my excellent team of boom operators, I always have two boom people and sometimes more, if warranted by writing and blocking decisions.
“The use of ISO microphone recording has become a tool that post production has come to expect from the production team. The schedule of a weekly broadcast television show is compacted for the post production team and they need to have all the variables and options at their disposal. The use of multi-track recording for this purpose is how we facilitate these options, and Sound Devices 970 is a reliable, stable, user-friendly tool that is at the top of our list.”
He adds, “The ease of interconnection with the 970 was a major factor in the decision to add it to my rig. I also continue to utilize my Sound Devices 788T for my portable bag-based rig. Being able to pick it up and use it in an insert car, for example, and still maintain the same media format, was a plus for moving fast and working with post production.”