Sound Devices Goes the Distance with Academy


788T Recorder Improves Workflow on Set of High-Profile Films

Last Updated: February 2, 2016 8:27 pm GMT
(Tarrytown, New York--February 2, 2016) As one of the motion picture recording industry's most respected and in-demand Production Sound Mixers, Thomas Varga has worked on nearly 100 films during his illustrious 30-year career. In that time, Varga's portfolio includes such acclaimed films as Blue Jasmine, Cedar Rapids, Precious, We Own the Night, The Immigrant, The Woodsman and Secretary. His most recent project Sisters is a popular comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

One of Varga's career highlights came when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which also earned him a Cinema Audio Society award for best sound mixing. In order to record the captivating dialogue of the actors in Birdman and all other projects, Varga depends on his trusted gear from Sound Devices, which includes a 744T recorder for on-the-go shots, two 788T recorders for his main cart, and a 664 mixer/recorder.

Varga was first introduced to Sound Devices when the company launched its 442 mixer. "I was doing a couple of documentaries, working out of a bag, feeding cameras, and I rented a 442," says Varga. "The first thing I remember thinking was how good the preamps sounded and how well laid out it was - everything I needed was right on the front panel. Sound Devices' mixer was cleaner and more focused than its competitors. The ergonomics of it were really great. The first Sound Devices product that I purchased was a 744T, which I still own and love to carry around to get ambiences in remote places. If I have to go somewhere that I know will need a lot of battery time, Sound Devices' 744T goes with me."

Thomas Varga on the set of "The Book of Henry"

Thomas Varga on the set of "Nerve"


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