In US hit show The Americans, two Russian spies pose as Americans during the Cold War while residing in Washington D.C. in order to spy on the US government. After working on Gossip Girl for years, sound mixer Paul Pouthier was more than ready to take on this new project.
“I was coming off six years of Gossip Girl and any dialogue that didn’t involve privileged Upper East Siders was very welcomed!” he admits.
“Seriously, I was blessed to get The Americans, thanks to the late Allan Byer and UPM Steve Rose. The immediate yes came out of the desire to be in the mix position full time, but I was very pleased to learn it would be a show not only about spy action, but about family as well.”
Music has always been in Pouthier’s bones, from listening to his mother’s record collection at eight years old, to teaching himself guitar at 50. Audio engineering was a natural path for him to follow, which eventually led to sound mixer credits including Suits, New Amsterdam and Orange Is the New Black.
Pouthier recorded nearly all of The Americans’ dialogue with a portable bag system packed exclusively with Lectrosonics wireless. Transmitters included four SMDWBs, two HMa plug-ons, and a mix of original SM, SMa and SMV packs.
Receivers comprised four UCR411a plus two Dual SR units, the predecessor to today’s SRc. Set comms were handled by IFB-T4 and UM400a transmitters paired with R1a receivers.