DPA, Martin Audio deployed for UEFA Europa League Final

A DPA 5100 mobile surround microphone captured the ambience of the Amsterdam Arena as Chelsea emerged victorious over SL Benfica at the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final. Inside the stadium, a Martin Audio W8LM system carried sound over the frenzied crowd.
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DPA Microphones’ 5100 mobile surround microphone was chosen by United Outside Broadcast and Studios to capture the ambience of the Amsterdam Arena at the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final. Inside the stadium hung 14 clusters of Martin Audio W8LM line array enclosures powered by Crest Audio CKi amplifiers networked through a Peavey MediaMatrix fully redundant DSP system, supplied by TM Audio. Also supplied by the Dutch pro-audio company were Renkus Heinz SR-62 cabinets for the arena concourses and a Martin Audio OmniLine system in the VIP rooms. The microphone was supplied by DPA’s Dutch distributor Amptec. Huub Lelieveld, senior sound supervisor for United Outside Broadcast and Studios, commented: “UEFA was adamant that the broadcast quality had to be top class as this was a huge 35 camera production that was going out to broadcasters all over the world. We wanted to make sure the audio quality would be as high as possible and that we captured the ambience of the stadium in phase coherent surround so that it sounded huge in surround, but also still sounded great in stereo and even mono.” Lelieveld, in conjunction with his colleague Mischa Kortleve, tested the DPA 5100 microphone during one of the UEFA preliminary rounds in the Amsterdam Arena to ensure they were the right choice for the important Cup Final event on 15 May. “We recorded all our microphones to multitrack and decided, after extensive listening tests, that the 5100 was perfect for the Cup Final,” he said. “The DPA 5100 was rigged in the catwalk of the stadium where it was able to capture the whole arena in surround. We complemented this system with four DPA 4006A omni microphones, which were hung from the catwalk in each of the four corners of the stadium, and we also used two DPA 4017B shotgun microphones positioned on our two Steadicams as these were smaller and lighter than the microphones we usually use.” www.dpamicrophones.comwww.martin-audio.com



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