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We are about to shoot a musical episode on a scripted series that doesn't normally have a lot of musical numbers. It is my understanding that the music will be prerecorded and we will have a playback op on set who will deal with earwigs, etc. I am expecting to use the same methods we normally do when there is a music performance in an episode, just on a larger scale. I will record a track of the music feed and music tc from the playback op, and be ready for recording live singing on set if necessary. If there is dialogue we will use the earwigs when necessary to get it clean. As the production mixer, are there any major differences I should prepare for? Any advice or warnings? Do I need to plan for a large number of additional tracks? If they want the singing recorded on set, are there preferred microphones (lav and boom) other than what we normally use? (Sennheiser MKH50, Sanken COS-11, etc.) Any advice is welcome. Thanks!

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My basic advice is that you are there to do the job you usually do: record what the actors say (or sing) in front of the cameras.  I'd recommend doing that the same way you do all your work for this client, and only introduce new technology (like diff mics) as needed.  It sounds like you have a good handle on how to get this done, if the production (and other) depts are clear on what the tasks are and what you'll need to add to the usual drill (like earwigs etc) to get it done.  Production, in particular, needs to understand that sound will have a bigger and more time-consuming row-to-hoe that day.

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Just check that there is a playback op and that he/she will provide a feed

Best if the playback is music only if you are recording the singing

Yes earwigs are the way to go and you will need adequate time for fitting lavs and earwigs

All like Phil said

I could tell a war story about this but next time!!

 

mike

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