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Sound Devices Delivers for ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

As a production sound mixer and owner of Louisiana Film Sound, Mark LeBlanc’s credits include Beasts of the Southern Wild, G.I. Joe: Retaliation,American Horror Story and the soon-to-be-released Zipper. After 25 years in the industry, LeBlanc understands the importance of capturing pristine audio, and that’s why he relies on the 788T and 702T Portable Recorders and 664 Field Production Mixer from Sound Devices for his recording needs. His kit includes several additional Sound Devices accessory products, including the MM-1 Preamplifier, CL-9 Linear Fader Controller for 788T and CL-WIFI for 788T.

Mark LeBlanc’s sound cart

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Having turned to Sound Devices for the now-wrapped American Horror Story: Freak Show, LeBlanc used his 788T to capture B-unit sound for the characters Bette and Dot, conjoined twins played masterfully by Sarah Paulson. Those familiar with the show know there are moments when the sisters communicate telepathically. For these situations, LeBlanc had to feed pre-recorded dialogue into an in-ear system so Paulson could more easily respond to the dialogue of the opposite sister he was recording. LeBlanc relied on the internal routing of the 788T to create a mix-minus setup where Paulson heard only the pre-dub from the playback system, but not her live dialogue; at the same time, everyone in production could hear both sides of the conversation. The setup ensured that the pre-dub was not picked up in the recording.

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