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Sound Devices recorder captures effects for Django Unchained

13 February 2013
Sound Devices recorder captures effects for Django Unchained

Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Statemen turned to Sound Devices’ 788T digital audio recorder to obtain background and sound effects for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Stateman, who is Academy Award-nominated in the Sound Editing category for Django Unchained, chose the 788T for its small size, reliability and ease of use. According to Stateman, “Although mobility is very important, there is no substitute for sonic integrity and reliability. Year after year we compare Sound Devices with other machinery and for several years now, the Sound Devices family of recorders has proven to be the best. Sound Devices equipment will continue to be a part of our field reconnaissance.” For Django Unchained, Stateman used the 788T to record atmosphere, background, sound effects and samples for the film’s sound design needs. “We traveled to some pretty harsh environments, including Monument Valley and Death Valley, in order to capture authentic sounds for the film,” said Stateman. “I would say the majority of the post production sound in Django Unchained owes its roots to the recordings made possible by the 788T.” For the movie’s fight scenes, Stateman not only recorded the sound of guns, but the shots’ echoes as well. The same holds true for other weapons such as whips and chains, and various impulse devices, including signal cannons, blank guns and live firing weapons. – Jake

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