Alberta, Canada (August 29, 2016)—Production sound mixer David Husby upgraded to the Sound Devices 688 mixer/recorder and CL-12 linear fader controller in time to work on The Solutrean, shot almost exclusively in the Canadian wilderness.
Husby has had a decade filled with big-name projects, notably X-Men: The Last Stand, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tomorrowland, The A-Team, Tooth Fairy and The Big Year. More recently, he has worked on Star Trek Beyond, Deadpool and The Solutrean, an upcoming historical action drama from production company Studio 8, directed by Albert Hughes.
He took the opportunity during his most recent projects to transition from his established workflow of a Sound Devices 788T digital recorder and CL-9 linear fader controller to the new rig. Husby went with the CL-12 Alaia, the premium version of the CL-12, which features Penny & Giles faders and custom hardwood side panels.
“I really wish I could have made the transition from the 788T to the 688 six months sooner,” says Husby. “With the 788T, working around eight inputs was challenging now and then on Star Trek because it was such a large ensemble cast. Having a few more inputs was something that just had to happen in this day and age, and the 688 with its 12 inputs answers that concern. It was an easy choice to make. I’ve been crossing my fingers hoping that this would come out for some time, and I was thrilled shortly after its announcement that Sound Devices came out with the CL-12, too.”
Husby says he is most excited about the P&G faders. “I’ll always pay for a significant upgrade like that. I expect that with the CL-12 Alaia, I’ll have plenty of years with the P&G faders. It is going to be a very durable device because I can pull it apart and get it clean. They are truly built for the road.”