This philosophy explains why Woodford is so dedicated to the DPA product range, and why he has accumulated such a large stock of DPA microphones.
"All DPA microphones have low self-noise and lack of colouration," he explains. "The personal microphones have become many sound recordists' first choice for use with radio microphones, while the DPA d:dicate™ 4017C shotgun microphone
, teamed with the Cinela Pianissimo windshield, is rivalling many established short shotgun microphones."
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