Another first for Puretone as Les Misérables breaks new ground in sound recording techniques Jan 2013
On UK general release since 11th January, the feature film version of Les Misérables is attracting rave reviews all over the world, but many audiences may not be aware of the groundbreaking approach taken to record the vocal performances of the actors. Normally actors would sing to pre-recorded backing tracks, however, Director Tom Hooper felt that this would inhibit the artistic input of the actors and production crew, so a new approach was devised. It was decided that in order to achieve maximum flexibility the actors would perform to the musical score being played live by a pianist out of camera shot, with the final orchestral soundtrack being scored and overdubbed later.
New approaches need cutting edge technology and Puretone were tasked with supplying all principal actors with custom-made ultra-miniature wireless earpieces in order to hear the live piano track without it being picked up by the sensitive vocal microphones. Following impressions being taken Deke Frickey, Sales Manager at Puretone, visited Pinewood Studios in order to carry out skin tone colour matching for a number of principal players, including Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. This colour matching process was carried out in order to further ‘hide’ the devices into the players’ ears.
“Having supplied the earpieces for the filming of Mamma Mia and Evita a number of years ago it was a pleasure to again be involved in such an iconic, and in this case groundbreaking, production” said Deke, adding “I understand that Les Mis has been nominated for a number of Oscars, including one for sound mixing, so we are very pleased about that and wish the cast and crew well at the award ceremony”.
Puretone Music supply each member of STEPS with their own Micro Monitor Classic 3s, ahead of their upcoming arena tour, which starts on April the 2nd. Click Here to view a full listing of their tour dates.
Quote from H: "We couldn't have done our sell out Arena tour without them! Thank you!"
Quote from Lee: "Puretone Music In-Ear Monitors helped me to fully focus on the musical dynamics of our Ultimate tour, providing clear quality of sound and in-ear comfort every night."
The Mini Band comprises 6 of the most musically gifted kids from the UK. The 8 to 11 year olds have had amazing success is such a short time.
Puretone Music supplied each member with their own set of custom-made Elacin ER's!
Below is the official video of The Mini Band’s first song 'Find The Time'.