DPA d:screet 4060 microphones how have new mounting clips, which reduce clothing noise.
Pat Nunn, an acclaimed broadcast sound supervisor, is using updated DPA d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones with new mounting clips as first his choice for television programs.
Nunn, who spent 25 years at the BBC before leaving to start London’s Bam Bam Sound in 2010, is an expert sound supervisor and location sound recordist. He has been responsible for sound in game, soap operas, sports, magazine and entertainment programming.
“Since being introduced to the new clips by DPA’s UK Sales Office Sound Network, I have used them in conjunction with a d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphone to mic presenters, talents, guests and contestants on five shows,” Nunn said.
“The new clips are a game-changer because they hold the microphone away from the body and this significantly improves the sound quality. Previously, the clips were flat, and the mics would often get caught on clothing, especially loose folds, to create unwanted maddening friction and rubbing noises. That resulted in delays and, in some cases, distress, especially if I was miking guests who were being interviewed about a difficult subject.
“The new clips also give me four different ways of attaching them, so whether I am using them side on (for a shirt or tie) or straight down (for a t-shirt, high collar or dress) I can use the same clip. What’s more, they don’t tend to fall forward, which is another big advantage – and having some air around the whole mic makes for a better sound, too.”
DPA’s updated d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphone was also praised by Nunn, who said he is impressed by its “very clean, clear sound” and “very low distortion.”
“I started using d:screet 4060s nine months ago when I found the new clips,” he said. “Over that time, the microphones and cables have been very robust and resilient. I have used them on adults and children, and on audience members with very close PA and the odd spot mic. I have had no mic or cable breakages, which is remarkable when you consider that we often do four shows a day with ten adults on each show. That’s 10 changes per show, four times a day!”
Nunn said that he often only has a few seconds per person to equalize each channel, so he appreciates the fact that d:screet 4060 mics need a lot less equalization than the mics he previously used.
DPA revised the d:screet 4060 range of mics in 2014, adding a thin layer of reinforcement where the cable meets the capsule. This added even more durability to the mics, making them more resilient to any strains or rigorous handling they might receive in professional sound environments.
“The improvements DPA has made to its d:screet 4060 microphones, cables and clips are significant because they are now highly reliable. I’ve been constantly miking and de-miking shows over the last nine months without any problems, and this proves that whatever issues these microphones had in the past have been well and truly fixed. I’m now very happy with them and use them on all my shows where a personal mic is required.”
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