DMT Supplies Super Pro Tools|HD System for 'Looney Tunes' Recording

Nov 3, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Music scoring mixer/producer Bruce Botnick called on DMT Rentals to supply the high-precision recording systems he needed to capture Jerry Goldsmith's musical score for Warner Bros.' new movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The score was recorded with a 100-piece orchestra, plus drums, electric bass and guitar at Warner Bros. Eastwood Stage in Burbank, Calif.

Pictured: The scoring crew at Warner Bros. Eastwood Stage during dates from left: music editor Ken Hall; DMT president Doug Botnick; Barry Fawcett (Warner Bros. floor man); Richard Wheeler (Warner Bros. cue/floor man); Ryan Robinson (Warner Bros. scoring technical support); Jamie Olvera (Warner Bros. client services, in front); Pro Tools operator Tom Graham; Greg Dennen (Warner Bros. scoring recordist); Pete Germansen (Warner Bros. scoring technical support); Bruce Botnick; and DMT's Brad Cobb. Not pictured: recordist Bob Bayless. Photo: E. J. Annas

Botnick specified two DMT Super Pro Tools|HD system digital audio workstations, in addition to a pair of Genex Audio GX8500 MO-based recorders—one running in 24-bit/48kHz PCM mode and the other in singe-bit Bit Direct Stream Digital for an SACD release—and an iZ Technology RADAR 24 hard disk recorder for backup. The engineer tracked the output of studio microphones to a large-format DMT Super Pro Tools|HD System using a sampling frequency of 192 kHz to capture the ultraprecision output from an array of Pacific Microsonics Model Two AD/DA converters connected to his primary Decca Tree Array of vintage Neumann M50 microphones. A smaller DMT Super Pro Tools|HD system recorded Botnick's main film mix.

Regarding his choice of DMT Rentals to supply these multiformat recording systems, Botnick said, "Anybody can have the equipment, but DMT Rentals are fanatics when it comes to making sure that these critical systems perform reliably and consistently; they leave no stone unturned to ensure that nothing lets me down on a critical scoring date. I use a number of PMI, Genex and dB Technologies AD122 Gold A/Dl converters supplied by DMT."

For studio monitoring Botnick used his Quested LCR systems and a dedicated Quested subwoofer. He also used a rack of DMT Rentals' new AMS Neve Model 1081 Equalizers on his overall orchestral room microphones. "The Model 1081 offers EQ curves and settings that are musically related," the engineer said. "They let me add gentle overall sound 'color' to the room mics."

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