DMT Rentals Supplies Pro Tools Recording Systems for 'Terminator 3'

Jun 9, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Renowned music scoring mixer Dennis Sands (Cast Away, Contact, Forrest Gump) called upon DMT Rentals for his most recent film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which will be released in mid-July. The DMT-supplied systems used to capture Marco Beltrami's score during dates at the Sony Scoring Stage (Culver City, Calif.) and mixing sessions at the Warner Bros' Eastwood Scoring Stage (Burbank, Calif.) included two custom-designed DMT Super Pro Tools|HD recording systems; the system bypasses the normal Digidesign converters, operates at mixed sampling frequencies and combines all system components in a fully integrated rack unit..

The film's soundtrack combines 128 synth tracks and 64 tracks of live orchestra. "For the T3 scoring sessions, we used two separate DMT Pro Tools systems," Sands said. "One Pro Tools|HD system was dedicated to capture the orchestra, while another Pro Tools rig replayed the synthesizer elements, allowing me to creatively handle the complex mix. With some of the projects I work on, it's not unusual to have over 200 channels going to the mix; you just run out of faders. One of Pro Tool's great features is that you have the ability to mix inside the workstation without taking up channels on the console."

The DMT Super Pro Tools|HD recording system includes eight channels of Pacific Microsonics Model Two 192kHz AD/DA converters, 40 channels of Genex 192 kHz GXA8 Linear Phase A/D converters and dB Technologies 96kHz D/A converters, linked to a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD DAW equipped with 64 digital I/O and 48 analog I/O ports. Accessories include a Rosendahl Nanosyncs master clock, a Gefen Extender System, two UPS units and a 23-inch Sony widescreen display. Finally, a 48-channel iZ Technology RADAR HDR system running at 48 kHz serves as a backup recorder.

"DMT Rentals is a key element in my world," Sands enthused. "Since I cannot afford a single breakdown—especially when we are up against the gun while recording the score and remixing it for the dub stage—I rely on DMT and its staff to keep me up and running. Since we are always chasing the clock, I cannot afford a moment's downtime. DMT keeps me active with reliable, well-maintained hardware and on-the-button staff. It's a perfect combination for me."

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