The new Reference Standard microphones from DPA are being used on the Australian production of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.
Specified by sound designer Mick Potter and supplied by Amber Technology to production company System Sound, the DPA spec in use at the production’s host venue of the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, includes: 4007 omnis across brass, woodwind and percussion; 4011A and 4011C cardioid mics, plus 4061 omni miniatures for the strings; a 4099B instrument clip mic on the double bass; and 4061 miniatures for all 36 cast members, with the principals wearing two each with dual transmitters and receivers.
“The orchestra sound is amazing and the overall sound of the show is very impressive,” said sound supervisor Shelly Lee. “I’m particularly impressed with the cello and bass sound as these instruments can be the most challenging to amplify. I would choose to use DPA microphones whenever possible.”
Amber Technologies’ Leon Hart added: “DPA’s Reference Standard microphones not only offer the convenience of modular capsules and microphone preamps at a new price point, but the new design sees changes such as an increase in dynamic range to 120dB and improved RF rejection.”
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