Production Sound & Video

Spring 2018

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37 negative stock. Hence, the admon- ishment to Pete regarding smok- ing. One spark and the truck blows up. "Truck?" you think. Yes, that's what was used back then. Unless you were on a stage. Weight box? The counterweight used to bal- ance the mic boom, which has to be changed based on the weight of the microphone. "Selsyn cable" was the cable used to interlock the sound recorder and camera together. Over the past eighty-eight years, the technology and set practices for sound recording have changed significantly. Soundtracks were not recorded on digital files in 1938. They were not using high-quality condenser mics. The term "10001" refers to the venerable RCA KU-3A (also known as the MI-10001, a highly sought-after ribbon mic). There were no iso tracks. If you didn't have it in the mix, then there was no other resort. They didn't have sophisticated multi- channel mixers. What they had was one channel of optical sound, a four-channel mixer, and hopes that they could figure out the scene in enough time to get it right, or be replaced the next day. These are some of the themes that we will explore in the column "The Way We Were: Adventures in Film Sound." Stay tuned… –Scott D. Smith CAS Production Sound & Video Services Supplying the production community with equipment rentals & services. Rentals: 818.954.2310 ©2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Audio • Video • Communication On-Set Visual Displays A/V Presentaions • Custom Packages

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