Royal Academy of Arts chooses DPA
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
benji-fox-with-dpaBenji Fox, AV events manager at the RA
UK - The Royal Academy of Art’s new Benjamin West Lecture Theatre in London presents some unusual acoustic challenges.
Ensuring high quality sound is a prerequisite for such a prestigious building and it was therefore imperative that the right microphones were chosen – ones that could cope with the unusual acoustics and with the wide variety of uses that the lecture theatre covers.
“DPA microphones have proved to be the ideal solution because they allow any technician or engineer to jump in and achieve quality sound.” says Benji Fox, AV events manager at the RA. “We are using a selection of the company’s products in a number of different ways, including acoustic mics for lectures, belt packs and lapel mics for panel discussions and the new 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Microphones for smaller panel discussions, filming and live streaming.”
Opened in 2018 as part of the RA’s Burlington Gardens’ landmark redevelopment to mark its 250th anniversary, the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre signals a new stage to the RA’s heritage of rigorous and lively debate. Hosting events such as the Festival of Ideas, this space has become a haven for celebrated thinkers from across the arts to come and share their ideas and opinions. As well as being double-height, the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre also showcases bespoke seating and modern design.
The Lecture Theatre’s DPA inventory now includes two 4018 supercardioid microphones, which are positioned on custom lecterns at the front of the room.
“These are ideal for lectures because they have such good off axis response, so speakers can still be clearly heard, even if they move to the side of the microphone,” Fox says. “We also have five 4098 supercardioid mics rigged on a ceiling winch as pickups for ambient audio and to add to our hearing loop system. We do a lot of podcasts in the Lecture Theatre and these mics are great for delivering high quality stereo sound.”
For panel discussions, the RA is using DPA 4080 miniature cardioid microphones that are usually attached to panellists’ lapels.
(Jim Evans)

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