David Yaffe is the production sound mixer for ABC’s popular series, Lost. The show recently won Best Drama Series at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards here in Hollywood, and David talks to us about what he’s doing on location to make Lost such a captivating experience. Whatever happened to Yaffe? Well, I’m back in Hawaii, doing Season Two of Lost. After a few months on the mainland doing Monk and House, I was asked to return for 10 months of fun in the sun and mud in the jungles. So I will share some of my experiences on this show, as well as what equipment we use, techniques for recording in these conditions, etc. My comp mix is always on track one. This is the dailies mix as well as the master track for the editors. I ISO all the rest of the mics on the other tracks. We only transfer track one for dailies. We have telecine make a mirrored copy of my master DVD that day and have it sent to the sound editors so they can load them in immediately and have a listen, maybe get a head start. In our case, hopefully, by the time picture comes, they have them loaded in, logged and ready for assembly. Those ISO tracks can really save a mix that might have an overlap or some clothing noise on one of the radio mics. I’ve been here on and off for a year and a half now. I have to say, my Cameo (an incredible digital mixer) and DEVA have held up beautifully. They’ve been out in the rain, humidity, wind, sand, etc and never failed once. Winning the Emmy for Best Drama certainly makes all this hard work worthwhile somewhat,
at least all of the hard work everyone on the show puts in, away from home and their families, working in the rain and sun and humidity is appreciated.