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Microphones for film

There are many ways to land great sound for a film production. Sometimes positioning microphones on the actors (bodyworn microphones) is the best choice. At other times a booming microphone is the best solution. 
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- Bodyworn microphones
- Flexible microdot adapter system
- Booming microphones

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BODYWORN MICROPHONES

Bodyworn microphones can be tremendously useful in many filming situations: noisy environments, wide shots, very reverberant spaces, tight spaces and more.

With bodyworn d:screet™ Miniature Microphones you can capture the best possible sound, while at the same time completely concealing the microphone. These mics allow you to ensure repeatable, superior sound quality, unseen by the audience. They come in a range of variants, including the virtually invisible d:screet™ Slim Series, which can meet your special concealment needs. 

“When I first heard DPA's d:screet™ 4061 and 4071 microphones, the sound was so transparent and natural that I felt it could be cut with the boom without any uncomfortable shift in the timbre of the voice. Of course, we still need booms but we can now mix and match between the two depending on the requirements of the scene."


Simon Hayes, production sound mixer
 

LEGACY OR CORE – THE CHOICE IS YOURS

The legacy d:screet™ Miniature Microphones have always been, and still are, some of the most clear, consistent and robust miniature microphones you can find on the market. They are known for working across a wide dynamic range as well as exhibiting low distortion across all SPLs. But, if you need to squeeze a little more performance out of your mics, choose CORE.

CORE is a powerful new technology at the heart of DPA miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion.

In the film recording industry, CORE can potentially save the sound crew a lot of time, effort and money. DPA microphones are known for their ability to withstand expressive acoustical sound pressure levels (SPL) without distortion and now CORE minimizes distortion even more. With such a large dynamic range, one microphone can be bodyworn on an actor that needs to whisper in one scene and scream in the next.

CORE is available for select models of d:screet™ Miniature Microphones.  Learn more about CORE


 



microdot adapters


Flexible adapter system

The adapters for wireless systems give you flexible, simple and affordable possibilities.

You are no longer bound to one wireless system. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter, instead of incurring the cost of a whole new microphone. And when you make the switch, you won't hear any loss or change in sound quality due to the narrow production tolerances of the mics.

The d:fine™, d:screet™ and d:vote™ series of miniature microphones work with all leading wireless mic solutions, such as Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Zaxcom and many more. DPA Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. It protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.

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BOOMING MICROPHONES

A properly boomed actor sounds very natural to the ear. Boom microphones are a staple in most film sound engineers arsenal of tools.

dpa 4063 used on mad max: fury road set

The d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Microphone has a hypercardioid pickup pattern  designed with a unique interference tube that provides excellent off-axis rejection.  This unique directional pattern is useful when you need high directivity with high background noise rejection.  Rejection of background noise is needed when you cannot place the mic close to the sound source. The even shorter d:dicate™ 4018C Supercardioid Microphone, Compact has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response. It is designed for use in film miking applications where space is limited. Like interior car scenes placed in the sun visor.

"We never lost a mic due to the environmental conditions – they performed very well," he says. "Overall, the DPA d:screet™ 4063 Miniature Microphones were definitely the best choice for dialogue. I've been using them for a few years and they are fantastic. In fact, since finishing Fury Road I have used DPA mics to record two television mini-series in Australia – Return to the Devil's Playground and The Kettering Incident. Both these projects have required minimal ADR. The feature film, The Sapphires, also had live vocals blended with playback and the mics worked very well at capturing this."

- Ben Osmo on recording Mad Max: Fury Road with d:screet™ 4063 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones
 

IN CONVERSATION WITH SIMON HAYES

Over the last 20 years Production Sound Mixer Simon Hayes has worked on more than 45 feature films, including the acclaimed 2012 version of Les Misérables, which won him an Oscar.
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