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Sound Devices prevails against harsh Cave of Crystals

Sound Devices’ 744T digital audio recorder and 442 field mixer were recently used for a Nine Network Australia feature story on Mexico’s Cave of Crystals – one of the harshest environments on earth.
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Sound Devices’ 744T digital audio recorder and 442 field mixer were recently used for a Nine Network Australia feature story on Mexico’s Cave of Crystals – one of the harshest environments on earth. Located in the mining town of Naica in the middle of Northern Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert, the Cave of Crystals is connected to the Naica Mine, which is nearly 1,000 feet (305 metres) below the surface. The Cave of Crystals’ main chamber contains giant selenite/gypsum crystals—some of the largest natural crystals ever found. It's not the first time the company's recorders have found themselves in 'extreme' locations; a 788T recorder was recently submerged for the first ever documentary to feature underwater surround sound. Nine Network Australia’s sound recordist Charles “Chick” Davey descended into the heart of the mine, where furnace-like heat and searing humidity can kill a person in minutes. “The main challenge faced during this shoot was moisture and heat,” said Davey. “With stifling 100-percent humidity and temperatures hovering around 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius), this meant the Sound Devices gear was basically covered in beads of moisture within minutes of entering the cave. In no time, the gear became hot to the touch, and I was worried it would not operate properly. However, my experience with Sound Devices gear and its reputation put my concerns at ease and it once again performed admirably under these extreme conditions.” Another challenge Davey faced was navigating the jagged cave floor to get as much footage as he could in the short amount of time he could spend in the cave. “Just moving around in general was quite difficult, as the ground was very uneven, and time was always a factor while inside the cave because we could only enter for short periods at a time,” he added. “Temperatures were hot and the humidity was ridiculous, but the Sound Devices gear never gave up. The 744T and 442 faced up to the environment without any real dramas. There were no break downs and the audio was never compromised.” www.sounddevices.com

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