UK- Hire company Richmond Film Services has invested in a DPA d:dicate 4041-SP condenser microphone, making it one of only two companies in the UK to own this product.

Designed to work in a standard 48V phantom power environment, the d:dicate 4041-SP offers a totally transparent audio path with a low noise floor. With a one-inch diaphragm, this microphone is the largest product in DPA's extensive range.

Nigel Woodford, owner and founder of Richmond Film Services, says: "I bought the DPA d:dicate 4041-SP to satisfy a request from a customer who wanted to use it for Foley work. It was teamed with a Nagra Seven recorder, which has sufficiently high quality mic pre-amps to do it justice. Apart from Foley work, I can see a future for it in capturing vocals, particularly in the studio, where its low noise floor and very high SPL handling, will make it a very popular choice."

Richmond Film Services (RFS) was established more than 30 years ago by Woodford and his wife Valerie. Since those early days when it had just one Nagra recorder available for hire, the company has grown rapidly and now supplies a wide range of broadcast quality sound equipment to professional sound recordists working in the film and television industries.

Quality is key to the success of RFS, with the Woodfords insisting on stocking only the very best and most up to date professional audio equipment. The inventory includes over 170 DPA microphones, which are so prized by Woodford that he keeps them in a special safe. Among them is one of the last remaining DPA hydrophone mics, which are no longer made and very rare.

"I regard high end microphones as a good investment," Nigel Woodford says. "If somebody wants to spend a short time recording, and then a lot of time mixing and editing, it makes sense to rent the best microphone for the project rather than buying a cheap look alike."

As well as hiring sound equipment to film and television production companies, outside broadcast companies and many freelance sound recordists, RFS also sells accessories and has a workshop where it repairs and services customers' own equipment as well as maintaining its own.

Woodford says his engineers love a challenge and have been known to invent various bespoke items for customers. The company also works hard to fulfil - and exceed -customers' expectations, including buying equipment that they specifically ask for.

"We bought a DPA d:dicate 3506 ER omnidirectional stereo pair with two 4006 microphones with active cables to satisfy a customer's request and this has now been used for the duration of the Proms for the last two years," he says. "It joins our collection of DPA d:dicate 4011A cardioid recording mics and a stereo kit with two high voltage omnidirectional microphones, as well as our DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, d:fine Headset Microphones and d:facto Vocal Microphones."

(Jim Evans)

Nigel Woodford, owner and founder of Richmond Film Services with DPA

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