Sound Devices captures anthem sounds for London 2012 Olympics

A Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder was used to capture the sound of athletes in action for Beat 2012, a documentary chronicling Mark Ronson’s creation of Coca-Cola’s anthem for the London 2012 Olympics.
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A Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder was used to capture the sound of athletes in action for Beat 2012, a documentary chronicling Mark Ronson’s creation of Coca-Cola’s anthem for the London 2012 Olympics.
Called Anywhere in The World, the track became part of an interactive installation called the Coca-Cola Beatbox, covered in this month's edition of PSNEurope.
For the documentary, location recordist Diego Sanchez traveled with Ronson and a crew of five people to meet an archer in Singapore, a 400-m runner in Moscow, a Tae Kwon Do fighter in Mexico, a 110-m hurdler in Denver and a table-tennis player in London. Ronson listened to the principal sounds of each sport to get a feel for the right mix. With the technical support of sound designer Henning Köphnel and location recording advice from Sanchez, Ronson recorded the sounds while each athlete performed his sport. “We decided to record the sport sounds to two linked Sound Devices 788T digital recorders, as we anticipated a multitude of different microphones in each situation,” said Sanchez. “We opted for Sound Devices for several reasons. First, I have used these recorders for years, and being the only member of the sound crew with location experience, it seemed logical to stick to them. Second, their small size meant a small package for a 16-track recorder, allowing the crew to relocate and reset, while filming with ease. Also, the amazing headphone monitoring and track routings of the 788T allowed crew members to each listen to a different mic or mix, while still recording all of them.” According to Sanchez, the reliability of the 788T was another major consideration in selecting the Sound Devices recorder for the project. “From shooting outdoors in Singapore in the middle of summer to dealing with a 20-degree temperature change in the weather from day to night in Denver, not once did the 788T experience a crash, a file corruption or a failed recording.” “Thanks to the reliability and advanced capabilities of the Sound Devices equipment, we were able to capture some amazing audio,” Sanchez concluded. “The final documentary is a beautiful, inspiring and a very aurally rich 60-minute piece.” www.sounddevices.com

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