Sound Mixer Uses DPA Microphones To Capture The Sounds Of “Mixed-Ish”

DPA Microphones’ 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Mic was used by veteran sound mixer Bryan “Sol” Aponte to capture the dialogue of one of the ABC Network’s top sitcoms, “mixed-ish.” With two Emmy nominations and several TV series spanning a 20-year career under his belt, Aponte recently swapped out his previous lavaliers for the 4061s last year because he likes the natural sound quality these DPA mics provide.

“When I first tested the 4061s, I fell in love with them and immediately replaced my inventory of lavaliers with DPA mics,” he said. “The presence boost on the 4061s not only sounds natural, but you can place them almost anywhere on talent and capture great sound. Also, the 4061 mics don’t create microphonic noise—a challenge that I’ve faced with other brands—and they take my mixing game to the next level.”

Sound Utility Nick Carbone (left), Boom Operator Jack Hill (center) and Sound Mixer Aponte (far right) on the set of

Sound Utility Nick Carbone (left), Boom Operator Jack Hill (center) and Sound Mixer Aponte (far right) on the set of "mixed-ish."

With a capsule designed with a double vent protection system and moisture resistant materials, the DPA Microphones 4061 miniature lavalier features a condenser element with a frequency and sensitivity response that can accurately reproduce audio signals from the human voice. There is also a DPA concealer clip designed specifically for the 4061.

“The concealer clip has helped me to solve an issue with which I have long struggled—clothing rustle, which is every mixer’s worst nightmare and a challenge we are constantly trying to overcome,” Aponte said. “Since incorporating DPA into the mix, that problem is nearly non-existent; they are a game changer.”

Aponte has also added DPA’s 6060 CORE Subminiature Microphones to his inventory. “I started using DPA’s 6060 CORE as a ‘behind the button’ mic’ing option, and I love it,” he said. “it’s amazing how small the capsule is without compromising on sound quality.”

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