SFX Gets Bewitched
With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to showcase the haunting powers of SFX than with a good old fashioned witch hunt?
No, we're not talking about the Salem, MA kind of witch hunt, but the Middlebury College production of The Bewitched, a show featuring witches, warlocks and all things spooky. Sound Designer, Chris O'Connell has implemented SFX into every one of Middlebury's productions, with much success.
month, Mr. O' Connell describes the use of SFX on The
Bewitched and how it has helped the College in creating a terrifyingly
His Own Words:
department at Middlebury College uses SFX for all of
our productions now, including our recent American College Theater Festival
National Finalist, Peter Barnes' "The Bewitched."
an audio engineer's standpoint, one of the nicest features of SFX
is the ability to trigger cues and cue lists via serial and MIDI commands.
With a digital sound board, and a bit of simple custom circuitry, this
allowed us to run two computers in parallel to create a two point of failure
system. Especially in a production like "The Bewitched,"
which had to travel, it was very compforting to have a second backup system
running in parallel the entire time. Indeed in one instance, one of the
PC's had a problem in the middle of a complex sound cue, and we were able
to switch over with almost no perceptible interruption in the sound.
Finally, SFX gives us the unique ability to easily modify effects on the fly during rehearsals to respond to frequent requests for minor changes which would have been extremely difficult without such a program.