DPA amplifies Romeo and Juliet
Friday, 8 March 2019
dpa-microphoneswilma-theater2DPA microphones on set at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre
USA - Sound designer and engineer Chris Sannino recently relied on DPA Microphones to utilise a discreet, wireless sound amplification source for the production of Romeo and Juliet at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre.
Already having an established history with DPA Microphones, Sannino chose DPA’s d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone, d:screet 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphone and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.
Since 2013, he has used the d:vote 4099 on a wide variety of woodwinds, pianos, string instruments and discrete theatre set mic’ing. The d:vote 4099, d:screet 4061 and d:fine 4088 (among others) have been featured in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New York City Summer Stage, The Vail International Dance Festival and Romeo and Juliet.
For Romeo and Juliet, Sannino used the d:vote 4099 on cello and saxophone, the d:screet 4061 on violin and vocalists and the d:facto 4018VL for the ensemble. “I chose to use DPA because it has an excellent personal history of durability, clarity and responsiveness combined with my frequent need for discrete wireless sources,” adds Sannino.
“The fidelity of a DPA mic far surpasses anything else I’ve utilised in terms of close mic’ing instruments and actors. I love both the d:vote 4099 and d:screet 4061 when close mic’ing the conventional orchestral instruments, and also all sorts of ancient instruments. You can never go wrong on a lute, theorbo, harp or zither.”
Sannino has also been very impressed with the ability of DPA’s microphones to handle the multiple costumes and moisture from the various live theatrical productions he has worked on. “With costumes, the DPA mics are excellent,” says Sannino. “They offer low ‘touch’ noise and excellent isolation in a variety of wardrobe change situations. In addition, one thing I can say about the d:screet 4061 that I can’t say about any other mic is that I’ve never had a capsule sweat out on me during a musical performance.”
(Jim Evans)

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