Detroit, MI (December 1, 2016)—Ric Viers loves shattering glass, blowing things up, smashing fruit and a plethora of other cacophonous endeavors, capturing the results with TASCAM handheld recorders.
Sound designer Viers has a list of credits that includes location sound for nearly every major television network. His Blastwave FX was the world’s first all-HD sound-effects publishing company, and his SoundEffects.com site presents sound-design tips, as well as sound effects and music libraries.
Like most sound designers, Viers is always prepared to record interesting sounds. “I bring my TASCAM DR-40 handheld recorder whenever I’m traveling,” he reveals. “If I want to record a sound in a plane, or if the hotel’s bathroom door is making a great squeak, I’ll grab the DR-40 and capture the sound.”
The Full Sail University graduate and Hall of Fame member has a long history with TASCAM recorders. “My very first recorder, when I was 16 or 17 years old, was a TASCAM 4-track cassette recorder. I recorded the sound effects for my first sound library with a TASCAM DA-P1 DAT recorder. In fact, that DAT recorder is now in the Full Sail Hall of Fame museum in Orlando, Florida.”
Today, Viers passes along his love of TASCAM recorders to his interns. “The interns are all furnished with TASCAM DR-680MKII 8-track recorders for their field recording throughout the summer. I chose the DR-680MKII because it’s easy to use, it’s a quality product that will last, and it’s affordable. It can record at up to 192 kHz and has a built-in mid-side decoder and other useful features. The DR-680MKII is perfect for the students and semi-pros who intern with me.”
Viers also relies on TASCAM at his Detroit Chop Shop studios: “I use the TASCAM Celesonic US-20×20 USB audio interface in all of my studios.”