Swedish specialist recording company Pole Position Production has captured the sounds of more than 100 vehicles – including fighter jets, tanks and racing cars – using its inventory of DPA microphones.
“We have tried a lot of different microphones, and have carefully built up a travelling bag consisting mainly of DPA mics,” said Pole Position’s Bernard Lohr. “We have found that besides excellent sound quality, our main demands for microphones are the possibility to withstand high sound pressure while maintaining premium quality, and to be mountable so that we can avoid wind, rain and any unwanted noise.”
This ‘first aid’ kit consists of eight DPA 4062 and four DPA 4061 miniature omnis, along with 4021 compact cardioids. Recently deployments include the use of the 4062s – positioned close to the exhaust and inside by the bomb hatch – to record the B-17 Sally B bomber for forthcoming Gaijin game Birds of Steel.
Noted Lohr: “We also mounted two 4061s in the cockpit, the 5100 surround mic in the cockpit, and our two 4021s in the rear of the plane. On the outside we had two 4011s and the DPA 4017 shotgun.”
Lohr also has fond memories of recording one of the few existing Messerschmitt 109 G-6s: “The recording we got with the DPA 4017 shotgun when this machine flew just a few yards away from us is totally amazing. First you hear the screaming of the compressor, and then the roar of the engine!”
For another recent project – capturing the Lamborghini Murceliago R-SV for Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – Pole Position pursued its usual approach to vehicles of recording eight tracks. “All cars are different, but for the Lamborghini we used three 4062s on the rear wing of the car, two of them close to the exhaust and one a bit further back,” said Lohr. “In the engine bay we mounted both 4061s and 4062s, since you never really know what sound pressure you will have, and there is little time to adjust things when recording race cars.”