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Breaking Bad audio benefits from Sound Devices, Lectronics

Production sound mixer Darryl L. Frank relies on a selection of Sound Devices equipment and Lectrosonics receivers to capture location sound for the acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad production sound mixer Darryl L. Frank, CAS counts on a range of Sound Devices equipment and Lectrosonics receivers to capture sound for the popular AMC series about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine producer/seller. His rig includes the Sound Devices 788T with CL-9 Linear Fader Controller and the 744T with CL-1 Keyboard and Remote Control Interface and a 442 field mixer for process trailer or bag work. “Having the ability to go quickly from a cart-based system to a bag rig is very important, and with Sound Devices you can do that very easily,” said Frank. “Sound Devices products have been great – they are solid, hard-working machines. I have used them in extreme heat and sub-freezing temperatures with consistently great results.” The Lectrosonics equipment includes SMa and SM Super-miniature beltpack transmitters, LMa beltpack transmitters, UCR411a compact receivers, and SRb Dual-Channel Slot Mount ENG Receivers – all of which employ Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology. “Breaking Bad is a totally RF show,” Frank continued. “There are no cabled mics used at all. The New Mexico desert is a pretty inhospitable environment for cables, so the Lectrosonics equipment does it all. I love the audio quality and the reliability of the gear is unbeatable. I never worry about the equipment because it consistently delivers for me. It’s built like a tank.” Recently, Frank and his team were recognised with a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, for their work on the show. Pictured above are (from L-R) Darryl L. Frank; Brett Becker, 2nd boom; and Jeff Knudsen, boom operator.