1. State-Of-The-Art Sound Equipment For 'Quantum of Solace'

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-03-21

    The 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, will feature state-of-the-art sound equipment according to 4rfv.

    Production sound mixer Chris Munro will be using a PD606 recorder from leading company Fostex.

    Munro said: ‘The Bond movies often use innovative techniques and new equipment. It’s fitting that the Fostex recorders have been used on all my Bond movies so far and each new film has seen the release of a new product. On Tomorrow Never Dies, the DV40 was used, The World Is Not Enough, the PD6, Casino Royale used the DV824/PD6 and now Quantum of Solace will be the first to use the PD606 along with the DV824.’

    The PD606 takes full size DVD discs for greater recording time and has been redesigned for simpler operation when used on this latest 007 film. According to Fostex, demand was so high that almost all the units of the first allocation were pre-sold.

    Munro continued: ‘Despite what the name suggests, the PD606 is effectively an 8 track machine. Whilst it has 6 inputs, there are also 2 mix tracks available.’

    ‘As the PD6 was design-based on the DV40 the PD606 is design-based on the DV824, an 8 track machine.’

    ‘What’s more, varying numbers of tracks can be recorded throughout a single disc and track configuration can be changed at will. If only 2 or 4 tracks are required it doesn’t fill the others with blank space, which is a real space and time bonus for editors,’ he said.

    Munro will also be traveling along with the Quantum of Solace production around the world: ‘Starting in the next few weeks, I will be travelling to Panama, Peru, Chile, Austria and also Italy. I am confident in the PD606 and know the Fostex design quality won’t let me down. It’s so important to have a machine I can rely on when recording on location away from home.’

    Along with Eddy Joseph, Mike Prestwood Smith, Martin Cantwell, and Mark Taylor, Munro won the BAFTA award for Best Sound in Casino Royale at the February 2007 awards event.

    Stay tuned to the CBn main page for the most up-to-date and complete coverage of Quantum of Solace.