Small enough to be easily hidden without hindering the audio of a performance, DPA’s d:screet™ Miniature Microphones
are a great fit for young professionals and industry veterans who enjoy working with mics that produce a crisp sound and maintain a linear dynamic range. “Right out of the gate, it was clear to my lead engineer, who has never had the opportunity to work with DPA before, that we wouldn’t need to be nearly as aggressive on the EQ as we typically are,” adds McFall. “With the mics positioned so close to the performer’s mouth, we often run into issues with a nonlinear response. The 4071s, however, didn’t have any feedback problems and allowed us to find an EQ that sounded equally good at the high end as it did at the low end.”
In addition to the technical improvements noted by the lead engineer and students working behind-the-scenes, the aesthetic differences were also noticeable. “The performances are mostly funded by ticket sales, so we’re used to working with lower budget mics,” continues McFall. “I was impressed by the construction of the 4071’s — they are very well built and the cables are very easy to hide in the costumes.”
McFall began his career in the live audio industry doing corporate events and installation work before he later moved to the touring circuit, working with NETworks Presentations on national tours of Cabaret and RENT. In 2004, McFall took a position with Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where he currently serves as a systems engineer when he’s not volunteering at LVA.
LVA’s theatre season for the 2015/16 school year includes RENT, Footloose, and Crimes of the Heart. For more information, please visit their website