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DPA Tackles A Medieval Fantasy

To ensure that his original recordings were as pristine as possible, Emmy Award winning Production Sound Mixer Ronan Hill employed DPA 4071 lavalier microphones to capture the on-location dialogue while filming the third series of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

“As someone who was brought up to “get it on the boom” and only use radio mics when there was no other way, I have become a convert to them when used with DPA’s 4071 lavalier microphones,” he says. “The DPA 4071 is great when used outside. They give really good isolation from environmental conditions, while still retaining a natural vocal quality. They are also good when recording inside as they offer reinforcement to the boom. It is a rare occasion when they aren’t included in the mix. The DPA 4071 microphones have really helped to keep ADR on Game of Thrones to a minimum and have contributed to the show receiving a Primetime Emmy for Best Sound.”

Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, was created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The plot revolves around a violent dynastic struggle among several noble families for control of the Iron Throne. Since first airing in 2010, the show has been a huge critical success and has won numerous awards for the quality of its production.

“The show is filmed in many remote and hard to get to locations – and in all kinds of weather conditions,” Ronan Hill says. “In Series One we were shooting in temperatures of -17º C, while in Series Two we had to contend with a hurricane. Every day is an adventure in sound.”

Replacing poorly recorded dialogue during post production may be an intrinsic part of making a film or television programme, but it certainly saves production companies time and money if ADR can be kept to a minimum. DPA’s 4071 mics became the lavalier microphone of choice on Game of Thrones at the start of Series Two having been recommended by supervising sound editor Stefan Henrix.

“You soon appreciate how good they sound” Hill explains. “They are available with well thought out accessories to aid fitting, and we fitted them to all cast with dialogue. Thankfully, the cast appreciate that the costumes are difficult for sound so they are tolerant to tweaks that will save the need for ADR.”

With three series of the programme now under his belt, Ronan Hill still maintains that his favourite shooting experience was Blackwater (Episode 9 in Series Two).

“With large battle scenes in addition to the great dialogue, it had real potential for sound,” he explains. “There was so much texture to record and then the challenge to isolate the dialogue from it. Game of Thrones has a character count of over 300. Scenes can have more than 10 principal characters speaking and there is always the professional pressure to capture the dialogue on location and keep ADR to a minimum. I wanted to give a presence to the big action scenes and burst the old myth that no scripted dialogue means no sound. I also tried to ensure rehearsal for any songs to be sung live.”

Hill’s familiarity with DPA microphone technology has, to date, been limited to DPA 4071s but he hopes to expand on this in the future.

“As a result of my good experiences with the DPA 4071s and the positive feedback I have heard about DPA’s other microphones, I can’t wait to try more of them,” he says.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Digital Rapids Selected as One of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers

November 23, 2012 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video content to wider audiences — has been selected as one of the Greater Toronto Area’s top employers for 2013.

Now entering its eighth year, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., Canada’s largest publisher of specialized employment information. This special designation recognizes the Greater Toronto employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Criteria include physical workplace; work atmosphere and social programs; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The winners were announced earlier this week in a special editorial supplement published by The Globe and Mail newspaper.

“We’re proud to be selected as one of the region’s best companies to work for,” said Brick Eksten, President and CEO of Digital Rapids Corporation. “Since our inception, we’ve recognized that our goals are achieved through the talent and dedication of our employees. We’ve strived to create an organizational culture and environment that both foster and reward those attributes, and this recognition shows that we’re succeeding.”

Digital Rapids provides market-leading media processing and workflow solutions, technology and expertise that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Digital Rapids’ flexible hardware and software manage and perform the transformation of video and audio into the multiple formats required by applications ranging from production and archive to multi-screen viewing on platforms from PCs, tablets, mobile phones and game consoles to broadcast television and ‘smart’ TVs. Digital Rapids solutions have been adopted by thousands of customers worldwide — from leading broadcast networks, motion picture studios, cable television operators, telcos, online content portals and post production facilities to corporations, government agencies, schools and churches.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

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