Sound Devices 664 Keeps Pace with Hectic Production Schedule of Critically Acclaimed Indie Film, Tangerine

Date: 06/07/2015
Sound Devices 664 Keeps Pace with Hectic Production Schedule of Critically Acclaimed Indie Film, Tangerine
When veteran Sound Mixer Irin Strauss was tasked with capturing audio for one of the most talked-about indie films of the year, Tangerine, he turned to the 664 Production Mixer, made by Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production. 
 
Tangerine is a comedy-drama about a woman who searches throughout Hollywood for the pimp who broke her heart and the girl with whom he cheated. The film was shot on two Apple iPhone5s, requiring Strauss to choose highly compact, mobile equipment in order to keep up with the film crew. 
 
"For Tangerine, two cameramen were running around with phones, allowing us to quickly shoot in certain locations, almost undetected," says Strauss. "As the sound guy and the boom operator, I had the most to carry. Having the mixer and recorder in one machine proved invaluable for this project, as it was one less thing to carry."
 
Armed with his Sound Devices 664, purchased from Gotham Sound, Strauss was able to keep up with the two iPhone 5 operators. For the narrative dialogue, he put everything onto one track, with straight ISOs for everybody else, who were wired most of the time.  He would also mix the boom and the wired tracks when necessary. 
 
"We weren't really sure how things would pan out, shooting an entire film using just iPhones, and since the pace was so fast, there wasn't time to create sound reports, so I really had to rely on the metadata from the 664," says Strauss. "In addition, using the 664 made monitoring each individual track very easy and convenient."
 
The smart phone camera setup also included Moondog Labs' 1.33x anamorphic adapter and the FiLMiC Pro app. In addition to his 664, Strauss used a Lectrosonics SMV wireless system for his transmitters, along with Sanken COS-11D lavaliers. He employed a Schoeps CMIT5U shotgun microphone and, occasionally, a T-powered Schoeps CMC 4U for locations with low ceilings and little head room. 
 
"This was probably the most challenging project I have ever worked on, as it was not easy to keep up with two guys with iPhones," says Strauss. "They would just grab their phones and start shooting. Since there weren't any monitors, I had to make my best guess about what the shots were and how they aligned them. The 664 was really an excellent choice for this fast-paced production. It is a great piece of equipment."
 
As a loyal Sound Devices user and customer since the company's formation, Strauss adds, "from tech to customer service, the company has always been top notch; professional and a pleasure to work with."
 
The 664 features six ultra-low noise, high dynamic range transformer-less preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim control and direct outputs on every channel. Direct outputs for input channels 1-6 can be switched to six line inputs (7-12) for a total of 12 inputs. The 664 records up to 16 tracks of 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All inputs and outputs are individually selectable for recording, enabling the mixer to record up to 12 ISO and four mix tracks. With its dual card slots, the 664 can record WAV or MP3 content to either or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.
 
Founded in 1998, Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures both product portfolios for Sound Devices' audio products and Video Devices' video products. Sound Devices offers portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, newsgathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices proudly offers digital video monitors, recorders and related products, which address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced studio applications, live sports, live events, and mobile production. 
 
Sound Devices, LLC's headquarters are located in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.
 


Tags: Sound Devices
Submitted by Nicole Rosen (D. Pagan Communications)
View author's directory page

Related Interviews
  • Sound Devices Wingman app at IBC 2016

    Sound Devices Wingman app at IBC 2016

  • Sound Devices 6-Series mixers at NAB 2016

    Sound Devices 6-Series mixers at NAB 2016

  • Sound Devices 688 at IBC 2015

    Sound Devices 688 at IBC 2015

  • Sound Devices at NAB 2014

    Sound Devices at NAB 2014

  • Sound Devices on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Sound Devices on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Sound Devices PIX260i Recorder at IBC 2013

    Sound Devices PIX260i Recorder at IBC 2013

  • Sound Devices at NAB 2013

    Sound Devices at NAB 2013

  • Shure Sound Devices at BVE 2013

    Shure Sound Devices at BVE 2013

  • Sound Devices at NAB 2012

    Sound Devices at NAB 2012

  • Sound Devices at ProVideo2011

    Sound Devices at ProVideo2011

  • Sound Devices at IBC2011

    Sound Devices at IBC2011

  • Shure Distribution at BVE North 2012 Part 2

    Shure Distribution at BVE North 2012 Part 2


Related Shows
  • Day 4 of BroadcastShow at IBC

    Day 4 of BroadcastShow at IBC


Related Articles
  • Scopes, a creative trilogy

    Scopes, a creative trilogy

  • Sound Devices: My Choice For Everything Audio

    Sound Devices: My Choice For Everything Audio

  • Manipulate and Edit

    Manipulate and Edit

  • The evolution from audio to PIX

    The evolution from audio to PIX

  • Location Sound Recording And Post-production with Chris Watson

    Location Sound Recording And Post-production with Chris Watson

  • The future of Audio

    The future of Audio

  • Audio Technology Spotlight

    Audio Technology Spotlight


News
VITEC Streamlines IPTV, Digital Signage, and Video Wall Workflows at ISE 2019 Posted: 16/01/2019
VITEC Streamlines IPTV, Digital Signage, and Video Wall Workflows at ISE 2019
VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced it will showcase the latest capabilities for its award-winning EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform at ISE 2019 on Stand 14-M200. The chosen solution for sports and entertainment venues, enterprise, government, and military agencies in Europe and the U.S., EZ TV's comprehensive feature set enables any organization to centrally manage and stream HD, low-latency, in-house feeds and TV channels, as well as create eye-catching digital signage and video walls for distribution to any displays through a facility.
Tags: VITEC | IPTV | Digital Signage | Video Wall | ISE 2019 | Broadcast-Grade | EZ TV | High-Quality | Eye-Catching | Display | ISE 2019 | ISE 2019
Submitted by InGear PR
More from this author
Argosy brings intelligent power management and mission-critical cabling for AV, broadcast and smart homes to ISE 2019 Posted: 16/01/2019
Argosy brings intelligent power management and mission-critical cabling for AV, broadcast and smart homes to ISE 2019

Argosy (10-K165), a leading international supplier of HD broadcast cables and studio infrastructure products, is bringing a range of exciting intelligent power management and mission critical cabling equipment to ISE 2019, which will interest visitors seeking better ways to install and manage their infrastructure, whether for broadcast studios or outside broadcast, AV or smart home installations.

Tags: Argosy | ISE 2019 | infrastructure specialist | systems management | HD broadcast cables | broadcast studio | outside broadcast | AV | smart home | intelligent power. Chris Smeeton | Josh Simons | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | ISE 2019 | ISE 2019
Submitted by MKM Marketing Communications
More from this author
Guigo TV selects Globecast as content partner for its new Brazilian OTT platform Posted: 16/01/2019
Guigo TV selects Globecast as content partner for its new Brazilian OTT platform

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, announces it has partnered with Såo Paulo, Brazil-based Guigo TV to provide 12 channels in Brazil for Guigo TV’s new OTT platform. The channels cover various genres including sports, lifestyle and children’s programming.

Tags: Channel distribution | pay-TV | distribution | international content
Submitted by Jump PR
More from this author
Vitec Production Solutions at the BSC Expo Posted: 15/01/2019
Vitec Production Solutions at the BSC Expo
Making its official debut at the BSC Expo will be the all-new dual-battery bracket, which enables users to power a Gemini panel with two industry-standard 14.4V broadcast camera batteries mounted directly to the yoke or light stand. With its extremely lightweight and on-board, ballast-free power supply, Gemini has always been easy to transport and rig at on-location shoots. Now it's even more practical in situations where portable power is preferred over mains power, including a broad range of ENG and ENP applications. Unlike competing LED panels, which can only generate 50 percent of their maximum output when battery-powered, Gemini can operate at up to 100 percent intensity running from mains and battery power alike.
Tags: Vitec Production Solutions | BSC Expo | Litepanels | Dual-Battery Bracket | Gemini 2x1 Soft Panel | OConnor | Fluid Head 2560 | Anton/Bauer | Dionic XT Battery Series
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
ISE 2019 Visitors Will Get Their First Chance To See DPA Exceptional Subminiature Microphones Posted: 15/01/2019
ISE 2019 Visitors Will Get Their First Chance To See DPA and rsquo;s Exceptional Subminiature Microphones
At ISE 2019, DPA Microphones will introduce the AV, Conference and Installation markets to its smallest ever high-end pro audio microphone capsule that is incorporated into the d:screet™ CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones and the d:fine™ CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone.
Tags: DPA Microphones | ISE 2019 | Subminiature Microphones | Series 6000 | ISE 2019
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
More from this author
TV Cultura Brazil Prepares for the Future with Grass Valley Posted: 15/01/2019
TV Cultura Brazil Prepares for the Future with Grass Valley

Brazil’sTV Cultura has selected Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to enhance its production workflow with a newly expanded playout infrastructure. The broadcaster is now equipped with more channels, higher resolution content and smoother integration – supporting its vision to deliver richer content to its viewers.

Tags: Grass Valley | TV Cultura | Brazil
Submitted by Platform Comms
More from this author
Location Sound Hosts Wisycom Q and A for Broadcast and TV Professionals Posted: 15/01/2019
Location Sound Hosts Wisycom Q and amp;A for Broadcast and TV Professionals

Wisycom, designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, is pleased to announce a Wisycom USA Q&A party to reinforce the company’s U.S. presence, which was announced last year. The networking event, being held at Location Sound in North Hollywood on Friday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to strengthen the brand’s status among film and broadcast professionals.

Tags: D. Pagan Communications | WISYCOM
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
More from this author
BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare Posted: 15/01/2019
BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare

EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, AQC and media management solutions, announced today that global energy brand BP, has invested in the XStream EFS scale-out storage platform and Flow media asset management to manage the commissioning, producing and publishing of BP-related media projects.

Tags: EditShare | BP | media | storage | film | documentary | production | production | postproduction
Submitted by Zazil Media Group
More from this author
CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50) Posted: 15/01/2019
CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50)

Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP . Crystal Vision will also be showing its extensive range of modular interface and keyers for those planning SDI projects, including its popular chroma keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches.

Tags: Crystal Vision | BVE 2019
Submitted by Crystal Vision Ltd.
More from this author
Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market Posted: 15/01/2019
Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market

In 2018, Calrec Audio generated serious momentum in the Japanese broadcasting market with the sale of 40 of its Brio audio consoles to a number of Japanese broadcasters. The customers are a mix of existing and new.

Tags: Audio; audio consoles; audio routing;
Submitted by Jump PR
More from this author
New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping Posted: 14/01/2019
New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Cobalt Digital today announced the availability of its 9992ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MPEG-5 encoders for openGear® frames. Designed for a variety of broadcast applications, the dual-slot card offers customized I/O options and extensive audio support for cost-effective contribution, distribution, ENG, IPTV, and OTT solutions.

Tags: Cobalt Digital | encoder | distribution | ENG
Submitted by Pipeline Communications
More from this author
TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards Posted: 14/01/2019
TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company was awarded two 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Future Publishing. Publishers of TV Technology, Government Video, Radio World and Creative Planet/DV and VE magazines, the annual Future Publishing awards honor the year’s top product introductions in TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio technology.

Tags: video-over-IP | IP-video-production | TVU-Networks | automated-video-content-management | cloud-based-video
Submitted by Pipeline Communications
More from this author
RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019

RHC will showcase the Lava Cable product line at the 2019 NAMM Show (Booth #11510). RHC acquired the brand’s assets last spring and has streamlined the Lava Cable product offerings to focus on the company’s best-selling products.

Tags: RapcoHorizon | BVE 2019 | BVE 2019
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
More from this author
PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019

A Dolby Atmos® demo suite will form the centerpiece of PMC’s booth (16112) at NAMM 2019, giving artists, producers and recording engineers an opportunity to experience Dolby Atmos through a world-class monitoring system.

Tags: PMC Speakers | NAMM 2019 | Dolby Atmos Demo Room | Capitol Studios
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
More from this author
Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 Resident Artist Posted: 14/01/2019
Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 and rsquo;s Resident Artist
Elle Exxe, the formidable and fully fledged electro-clash pop star, will be the resident artist at this year’s Pro7ect songwriting retreat, which teams top songwriters with top producers for three days or pure collaborative inspiration at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco.
Tags: Pro7ect 2019 | Songwriters Retreat | Elle Exxe | Hotel Pelirocco | Brighton
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
More from this author
Pages:   [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 > >>