Sound Devices and Dan Dugan Sound Design to Add Automixing to Sound Devices 688 Mixer

Sound Devices said firmware version 3.00 will make its 688 audio mixer the first field mixer/recorder ever to offer Dan Dugan automixing internally.

Sound Devices said the inclusion of the Dugan Speech System, along with Sound Devices’ MixAssist, makes the 688 the “go-to” automixing tool for field production applications.

Dugan automixing takes over the nerve-wracking job of cueing mics in and out, freeing up the location recordist to pay more attention to the artistic balance,” said Dan Dugan, CEO of Dan Dugan Sound Design, Inc.

“Mixes are cleaner and post-production time is reduced for dramatic dialogue recording. In addition, over-the-shoulder recordists for news, documentaries and reality shows will appreciate how my automixing makes it possible to use several mics at once without background noise build-up.”

Unscripted dialog, multiple characters and wide-and-tight multi-camera coverage often require the use of wireless lavalier mics and multi-track recording. In these situations, automixers improve intelligibility, reduce noise and reverberation and maintain consistent overall gain as microphones are turned on and off.

Both Dugan and the MixAssist algorithms have the same goal — attenuating unused microphones to reduce background noise and the likelihood of feedback. The way they do it differs. There are subtleties that may steer a user to one method over another. The inclusion of Dugan automixing gives the sound mixer a situation dependent choice.

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