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Get HD Sound For HD Pictures with DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

Broadcasters attending IBC 2013 will only need to stop at DPA Microphones’ stand D76 in Hall 8 to cover all HD broadcast microphone applications, from the single interview to the complete TV show.

Since its beginning in 1992, DPA Microphones has been developing microphones that deliver HD sound from the deepest sounds to the highest peaks, covering the whole dynamic range, delivering perfect, linear HD sound.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “People spend a lot of time in front of their TV and enjoying this experience depends on the picture they see and the sound they hear. This is where DPA microphones make the difference. A poor sound, even with a good picture, is not accepted. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for the sound engineer to work with DPA microphones. This means that they are extremely linear and need very little or no EQ’ing. DPA is the only company on the market that delivers the same sound pattern, whether you work with a miniature microphone or a larger d:dicate™ microphone. The microphones simply blend perfectly and give a fantastic sound experience – for the sound engineer and the audience.”

Broadcast applications cover many situations and different miking possibilities depending on requirements, taste and specifications. In the broadcast studio the TV host is close miked with a DPA lavalier miniature mic mounted on the chest, or perhaps the elegant d:dicate™ mic on a goose neck mounted on the desktop. The journalist (the VJ) who interviews people in the field needs lightweight equipment because he has to record both the video and the sound at the same time. He would be miked with a DPA miniature or headset mic, while recording the interview with a d:facto mic. In a full blown TV talent show, the TV host wears a d:fine™ Headset Microphone, the singer sings into a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the band is reinforced with d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate Recording microphones and the whole ambience is captured with the 5100 Mobile Surround microphones. And the list of combinations goes on and on.

“We believe we deliver the best sounding microphones to the broadcast industry and you can challenge us on that,” Christian Poulsen adds. “The audience deserves the best and we want to be the first choice when it comes to the best sounding microphones. The hallmarks of DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques ensure that every DPA microphone delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility.”

Beside DPA’s unique miniature based microphones, broadcasters will be particularly interested in the new d:dicate™ 4017C Shotgun microphone, a shorter version of the popular d:dicate 4017B Shotgun microphone. Thanks to the modularity of this new d:dicate range, DPA has been able to team the much loved 4017 shotgun capsule with its compact C preamp to create a microphone that is ideal for boom recording in tight spaces and rooms where ceiling height is limited. Offering the same functionality as the 4017B-R, which is the shotgun microphone in a Rycote Windshield, the 4017C-R offers the same solution, just with the 4017C and a smaller Rycote Windshield to give outside broadcasters, journalists and location film-makers everything they need for clear, directional sound, regardless of weather or environmental conditions.

The d:dicate series has been expanded with yet another new preamplifier solution, two modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry), plus a number of modular active booms (MMP-F). These new microphone solutions can be used in many different applications, for example as a microphone solution on a desktop, on a podium, suspended for high-end capture or on elegant stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination. The new active cable only adds a centimeter to the capsule, making it even more discreer than the compact C preamp, but giving comparable performance.

At IBC 2013, DPA Microphones will also be showing its new, high quality d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone that gives users unlimited possibilities for their performance. This eagerly awaited addition to the DPA condenser microphone range brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

DPA will complete its IBC 2013 line up with its expanded d:fine™ series of Headset Microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, these unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms, d:fine™ headset Microphones are designed to fit comfortably and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

At the DPA stand every microphone can be listened to and there is even a tombola where you can win a d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone every day at 5 pm.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 8, Stand D76 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DK-Technologies Releases New LTC Engine for the PT5300 Master Sync Generator at IBC 2013

DK-Technologies is using IBC 2013 as the platform to release its latest LTC and 3G additions to the field proven PT5300 Master Sync Generator (Hall 8, Stand B60).

In master sync applications, the new LTC fallback function allows the PT5300 to align with the internal high precision clock – a feature that is of huge importance to users working in situations where GPS coverage is patchy or inadequate.

In slave sync applications the LTC engine enables the PT5300 to genlock to VITC time-code derived from the black-burst input.

The new LTC engine will be shipping as an integral part of the PT5300 by September 2013. The improved functions are available to existing PT5300 users as an upgrade module.

DK-Technologies has also announced that the PT5300 Master Sync Generator and its change-over companion product, the PT5211, will both be 3G compatible by the end of 2013.

“With years of experience and thousands of field hours under the PT5300 hood, we feel that 3G is a natural progression,” says DK-Technologies’ COO, Jacob Christensen.

The 3G upgrade will be available as an optional hardware module and will be backwards compatible with all existing PT5300 and PT5211 units.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

DK-Technologies DK Meter Goes ‘All In’ for IBC 2013

DK-Technologies has given its DK Meter software a comprehensive revamp so that it now incorporates Picture Preview and SMPTE timecode reading. And, in a move that will be enormously beneficial to broadcasters, it has also completely removed complex license structures allowing full access to all software features to any DK Meter user.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “By removing complex license structures, we have made it possible for all DK Meter users to access any of the software features available today. The change, which amounts to a significant increase in functionality and value, applies to any meter in the DK Meter range. Existing users can download the new software free of charge from our website: www.dk-technologies.com.”

The new software, which will be on show at IBC 2013 (Hall 8, Stand E60), also allows 3G SDI video streams to be previewed on the DK Meter screen for instant check or permanent video display.

“Broadcasters need the ability to preview the 3G SDI Video stream and, for DK-Technologies, incorporating this feature into our DK Meter software was an obvious progression,” Kjems adds. “Achieving this was technically challenging but we can now offer our users the ability to measure, monitor and preview the de-embedded SDI audio stream. Picture preview is a very useful additional feature as it can be used to quickly check the SDI video stream and is also handy when the DK Meter is being used as a mini video monitor.”

Additionally, the new software features SMPTE timecode reading for instant view and Logging against timecode. This gives all DK Meter users an easy and accurate way of addressing relevant loudness corrections and actions.

Finally, the DK Meter has undergone a significant facelift, making it much clearer to read and much more user friendly. The user interface step-up includes larger and smoother fonts and a completely new color scheme, elevating the precision metering of the DK Meter to a new level of readability and resolution.

For more information about the new DK Meter software, please visit DK Technologies at IBC 2013, Hall 8, Stand E.60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

DK-Technologies Steps Up Audio and Waveform Monitoring at IBC 2013

DK-Technologies is using the IBC 2013 platform to launch the PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor. This flagship addition to the DK range introduces a unique combination of Audio, Loudness and Waveform monitoring at the highest precision, allowing it to blend into virtually any metering application.

On show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2013 stand (8.B60), the PT0800 offers broadcasters an extended collection of high quality video and waveform monitoring tools. The video section is flanked by an audio toolbox, complete with Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK’s proprietary StarFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and much more. In addition, the PT0800 complies with all major broadcast standards and includes Loudness and True Peak logging.

The DK-Technologies’ PT0800 is highly customizable and allows for virtually any combination of audio and video tools to be viewed and adapted to the specific application and use. The user interface functionality can be tailored to accommodate the functions, views and features desired by the end-user.

“The PT0800 is the most flexible and customizable high quality metering unit on the market today,” says Uffe Kjems, DK-Technologies Product Marketing Director. “This product will make audio and video engineers’ lives much easier and will help broadcasters cope with the fast changing requirements that they face.”

The PT0800 hardware is modular and allows for input/output choices of AES, HD SDI, Analogue, and Dolby E formats, enabling up to 4 camera inputs alongside up to 64 audio inputs and 16 outputs, all under preset control.

DK-Technologies will start shipping the new PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor from October, 2013. If you would like more information about this product, please visit www.dk-technologies.com or visit the company at IBC 2013 – Hall 8, Stand B60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

Ethix Management Appoints Doug Maddison At Technical Director

Event production specialist Ethix Management has marked an exceptionally successful 12 month trading period by appointing Doug Maddison to the position of Technical Director.

The company, which produces a wide range of events from product launches and outdoor festivals to corporate hospitality, has recently undergone a major corporate restructure, and Maddison’s appointment is the next step in that process.

Paul Jones, founder and Managing Director of Ethix Management, explains: “In 2012, Ethix partnered with the Star Events Group to provide technical production, including sound, lighting and power, for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays around the UK. In order to cope with the additional workload, I took the decision to split the company into two separate entities – Ethix Management, to service our existing clients, and the newly formed Ethix Production Services, to service the Olympic contract.

“Both companies have been incredibly successful and have attracted many new clients and projects, therefore I needed to strengthen the management structure in order to keep up momentum and take the businesses forward into the future.”

Doug Maddison, who has been with Ethix Management for five years, has now taken on responsibility for running the technical side of the business, leaving Jones free to concentrate on winning new contracts.

“Doug is highly experienced in the technical side of event production and is the ideal person to help drive the company forward,” Paul Jones adds. “I am confident that with Doug as part of the management team we can continue to grow both companies and deliver the same high levels of quality and service that we are renowned for.”

Ethix is currently involved in a number of high profile productions around the world. It recently provided event production for the Big IF Rally in London’s Hyde Park and for the Get Reading Festival, which attracted thousands of people to London’s Trafalgar Square. Its next major project will be Now or Never, an art installation project organised by the Vienna Tourist Board, which takes place simultaneously in Vienna, London and Berlin in September 2013.

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About Ethix Management:
Ethix Management has been providing rental services for over 10 years and supplying professional production solutions across multiple platforms for large scale outdoor events. Ethix is listed with the UKTI as a supplier for major sporting events in the Springboard to Success Directory. It has supplied many G8 and G20 summits in Europe on behalf of Associated Press and has worked for Broadcast Solutions as a supplier for CHOGM in Malta, Uganda and the forthcoming Sri Lankan meeting in 2013. The company has seen a substantial growth in 2012-2013, with work ranging from the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations on Piccadilly for Bliss Events, to the technical supply of the Vital Venue in Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, working in partnership with Star Events Group.

For more information about Ethix Management, please visit:
www.ethixmanagement.com

Ellie Goulding Switches To DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

Award-winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding has switched to a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone after trying it for the first time at the Chime for Change concert, which took place in London in June.

Currently touring in the USA to promote her second album, Halcyon, Goulding is now using the a wireless version of the d:facto Vocal Microphone for all of her concerts.

Goulding’s Front of House sound engineer Oz Bagnall and monitor engineer James Neale were introduced to the d:facto Vocal Microphone by Dave Kay at Adlib Audio. He recommended it as an ideal replacement for the hardwired microphone she had been using on her previous European tour. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was able to arrange a demo just prior to the Chime for Change concert, and Bagnall and Neale were so impressed by its performance that they bought one.

We both felt it was the best microphone for Ellie,” James Neale says. “She is really happy with it and is now using it for all her live performances.”

Oz Bagnall adds: “During Ellie’s European tour we struggled with level and ambient spill on her vocal, so we used a mic that was discontinued several years ago and was only available as a hardwired version. From that point our search was on to find a modern microphone with similar rejection but hopefully with better quality sound. We tried out a lot of different microphones before demoing the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone. Apart from sounding amazing, it was the only microphone that was able to deliver what we wanted in terms of rejection, plus it allowed us to go back to a wireless system which gives Ellie much more scope to move on stage.”

Goulding’s first proper try out with the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone came at the Chime For Change concert, which also featured artists such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Florence and the Machine. The microphone was supplied via Adlib Audio by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

“During the first sound check Ellie did find the change in tonality a little disconcerting because she wasn’t used to it, but we persuaded her to use it for the show and in the end she was very happy with the result,” Oz Bagnall says. “At FOH, the microphone was a huge success as I had all the level I needed and much improved audio quality and clarity. I especially like its flat response and virtually no low end proximity effect.”

Oz Bagnall demoed the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone with a Shure wireless system, but he is now using it with his existing Sennheiser system.

He says: “At Chime for Change our slot in the concert program put us on the side stage so that the main stage could be reset for Beyoncé. This meant that Ellie was in front of and in between the SL main and side PA hangs, which from a sound quality perspective is not an ideal position. However, thanks to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, the sound we got in the stadium was great. I was so pleased that we were able to take delivery of the wireless version of the d:facto before Chime for Change – and very grateful for the help Sound Network and Adlib Audio gave us.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Masterlabs Chooses a Prism Sound Lyra Audio Interface For Dedicated Analogue Conversion

Masterlabs, Ireland’s leading audio mastering facility, has invested in a Prism Sound Lyra audio interface, which it is using in conjunction with its SADiE 6 digital audio workstations.

The facility has attached Lyra to its analogue tape machines and Dolby units where it is performing dedicated high end stereo AD/DA conversion. This configuration allows Masterlabs to capture 192kHz files and feed them directly into its SADiE 6 workstations.

Masterlabs’ founder and managing director Aidan Foley says: “Prism Sound’s new Lyra audio interface is fantastic. Apart from being incredibly easy to use, it is providing us with very high quality audio conversion and an extremely stable clock. By keeping it separate from my mastering chain AD/DA converters, I can use it directly at the analogue source.”

Based in Dublin, Masterlabs operates from a purpose built facility that was designed from the ground up to meet exacting specifications. Since its formation in 1996, initially under the name of Digital Pigeon Mastering, the company has tackled mastering projects for some of the best Irish and International talent.

Prior to acquiring a Lyra, Foley put the unit through a shoot-out against other renowned converters to ensure that he was making the right choice.

“We already own a number of Prism Sound products, including a Maselec MEA-2 mastering equalizer and a Maselec MLA-2 mastering compressor limiter, so we knew from experience that the company’s products were well made and extremely reliable. This reputation for engineering excellence was one of the key reasons why we chose Lyra for our facility.”

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.
Masterlabs is using a Lyra 1 interface, which has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Prism Sound also offers Lyra 2, which has two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.
Masterlabs handles between eight and 10 projects a week, ranging from classical and Jazz to Dance and Rock.

“We are fortunate to handle all of the Irish output for Sony Music and Universal Music,” Foley says. “We also service the ever growing vinyl record pressing explosion that is occuring at the moment, and we have just purchased a second Neumann VMS70 lathe to keep up with that demand.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DPA Microphones Help Bill Gates Address the Big IF Rally

DPA Microphones played a significant role at the recent Big IF rally in London’s Hyde Park by ensuring that celebrities and VIPs such as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and film director Danny Boyle were clearly heard by the 45,000-strong crowd.

Sound, lighting and power for the event was supplied by Ethix Management, which has many years’ experience in event production.

Ethix Management’s Managing Director Paul Jones, says: “We took 12 DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones to the event and used them to mic various speakers, including Bill Gates. Apart from the fact that they sit so well on the user’s head and are incredibly comfortable, they were also chosen because they offer the best sound reproduction. When you are dealing with the spoken word there is absolutely no room for error as it is vital that the speakers are heard by everyone in the crowd. DPA d:fine Headset Microphones allow us to deliver loud and clear audio and, in our opinion, nothing beats them.”

The DPA d:fine Headset Microphones for this event were supplied by the company’s UK distributor Sound Network. Ideally suited to a wide range of applications, d:fine Headset Microphones offer impressive gain before feedback and are extremely rugged and reliable. These unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and are renowned for their audio accuracy. The microphones are available in both directional and omnidirectional options and in single or dual-ear designs with a choice of three lengths of microphone booms.

“We use d:fine Headset Microphones at many of the events we handle because we know we can rely on them to deliver the results we want,” Paul Jones adds. “We are now planning to invest in a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone so that we have an alternative available for speakers who don’t like to wear headset mics.”

The Big IF rally was organised by the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ coalition with the aim of raising awareness about global hunger. Throughout the day speakers such as Bill Gate, Danny Boyle, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Willliams and Nelson Mandela’s wife Graça Machel pressed for Government action to end hunger and save the lives of millions. Their comments were particularly directed to G8 leaders who were about to meet for a summit in Northern Ireland.

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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

Prism Sound’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE Travels To Helsinki

High profile guest speakers from Texas Instruments and Klippel are joining the next Prism Sound/Oxford Digital Audio Design Workshop LIVE, which takes place in Helsinki on August 21st, 2013. In an industry first, this groundbreaking event will be webcast live from the 51st AES Convention to audiences around the world.

The registration page for the live webcast can be found here:

http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com

The event, which is held in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society (AES), is open to all engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering. It will feature seminar sessions and workshops hosted by some of the most experienced engineers in the audio industry who will share their knowledge and practical expertise in active loudspeaker design, providing the audience with an opportunity to learn from their many decades of collective experience.

“The seminar sessions will cover aspects of analogue and digital audio system design and optimization, with a major emphasis on real-world, practical problem solving,” says Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement Product Specialist at Prism Sound. “Our audience will have plenty of opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and for networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries within the audio industry.”

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, who have joined forces to organise the Audio Design Workshop LIVE series, have extensive experience in the field of audio engineering.

Prism Sound has been developing audio measurement solutions for over 25 years and has pioneered many major innovations in this field. The company offers high quality audio analyzers that are suited to a wide range of test and manufacturing environments.

Oxford Digital specialises in digital audio signal processing for mobile and consumer equipment. Its products include an extremely compact audio DSP core with a rapid programming and development environment and Sonic Tuning Tools that allow rapid optimisation of the sound reproduced by compact loudspeaker systems. The complete toolset is targeted at reducing time-to-market and lowering software maintenance costs.

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will feature seminar sessions and Q&A opportunities where delegates will have the chance to ask the panellists for answers and advice.

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. This can be done online via the dedicated registration page: http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com or by calling +44 (0)1353 648 888.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DPA Helps James Currie Capture the Sound of East Arnhem Land

Sound designer James Currie has been using a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone to capture the audio for a new feature film entitled Charlie’s Country, which was shot on location in East Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer and produced by Nils Erik Nielsen and Peter Djigirr, Charlie’s Country, starring iconic Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, is a tragi-comic portrait of one man’s struggle to define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia.

For James Currie, who has more than 100 feature films to his credit, filming Charlie’s Country provided the perfect opportunity to try a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone for the first time. The microphone was recommended by Julius Chan, sales engineer at DPA’s Australian Distributor Amber Technology Ltd, who has given Currie advice on audio equipment in the past.

“Julius praised the microphone and, now that I have used it, I agree with his opinion,” Currie says. “We decided, before embarking on this production, that our basic post position was going to be Dolby 7.1 with a possibility of going to final mix with Dolby Atmos. A 5.1 microphone for recording atmospheres was therefore an essential item in the structure and vision of the soundtrack. The DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone was the instrument that allowed us to work with confidence and to approach the post production of Charlie’s Country with a strong degree of certainty.”

Currie adds that the subject matter and nature of the film also dictated his approach to the audio. He wanted a discrete array of tracks, along with clarity and a faithful representation of the sonic world of East Arnhem Land, so that no sounds needed to be introduced from elsewhere.

“The indigenous population of East Arnhem Land understand the natural world and their lives are tuned to that world,” he explains. “They make changes to their living conditions and proceed to ceremonies and other celebrations by obeying the change of seasons and the movement of nature and its sounds. The introduction of sound from elsewhere would be an insult to their understanding of the world and we would lose face within the community, to say nothing of a loss of confidence with the tribal elders.”

Filming in East Arnhem Land, which is deep into Aboriginal tribal land, came with its own set of issues. Currie describes the area as ‘Australian frontier territory’ and says only madmen and obsessive filmmakers would consider staying there for any length of time.

“Conditions in East Arnhem Land are character building at the best of times and, as this was my fifth production in the area, I knew it would be physically and mentally exacting,” Currie says. “It is a rugged, tough, tropical place, full of crocodiles, spiders of indescribable ugliness and large winged insects whose sole blood sucking purpose in life is to make working and sleeping entirely miserable for everyone. Charlie’s Country includes scenes that had to be filmed in the rain so we knew from the start that our equipment needed to be versatile and rugged in order to withstand the most demanding of conditions and locations. The DPA 5100 microphone gave excellent results and coped with all conditions remarkable well. Humidity is always an issue but the DPA 5100 sailed through without a problem, although its rain cover didn’t fare as well because quite a few bugs enjoyed its texture and ate holes in the fabric.”

Charlie’s Country is now in post-production in Australia where the mixing team are dealing with the 300+ atmospheres recorded on the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone. It is due to premier at the Adelaide International Film Festival later this year and may well be the first Australian production to be mixed in Dolby Atmos.

Currie adds that he has nothing but praise for the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround microphone, which delivered on every level.

“The results I achieved with this microphone exceed my expectations, which is not something one says very often in this business,” he explains. “To record the many and varied atmospherics of East Arnhem Land was a joy. The DPA 5100 provided an accurate and astonishing depth of recording that will allow us, in post, to extract the emotion and colour of the exotic Arnhem Land locations for a worldwide audience.”

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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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