Cedar eliminates sound on location
SINGAPORE: Renowned Singaporean sound engineer Justin Loh has worked around the world, recording audio for feature films and television dramas for clients such as HBO, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Fox and Mediacorp. His work involves both working in studios and out on location. His most recent assignment was for an upcoming feature film produced in Singapore, Apprentice, and saw Mr Loh’s first use of a Cedar DNS 2 dialogue noise suppressor.
‘I was on a 12-day drama shoot and on one of the nights the production team were using a Honda portable generator,’ Mr Loh recalled. ‘Those things are pretty noisy and while the gaffer did his best to move it as far away from the shoot as possible, this was only about 30m because of limitations in the length of power cables. This was an excellent opportunity to use the DNS 2. Using a CMIT5 shotgun microphone, I dialled in around 4dB of suppression and it worked very well.’
As a freelancer, Mr Loh enjoys all kinds of pro audio roles, having also served as a mixdown engineer at several large concerts in Singapore, including Coldplay and Robbie Williams. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Lasalle School Of The Arts. Following his role on the film, Mr Loh also put the DNS 2 to use during an interview shoot.
‘During an interview job, there were computer servers in the room and the fan noise was considerable,’ explained Mr Loh. ‘A simple 3dB down on the DNS 2 was all it took to eliminate it.’
‘The beauty of the DNS 2 is that you are able to input a single channel and output both the processed and unprocessed audio to the recorder, which adds options for both the recordist and the audio post engineer,’ noted Joel Chia from CDA Pro-Audio, Cedar’s Singaporean distributor. ‘If noise is a problem that has to be suppressed or eliminated, there's no better solution than the DNS 2. It's also surprisingly affordable, which places it within the reach of many people, not just location sound recordists but also studios, live broadcasters, smaller venues, and freelance production people.’