Academy award winning miniature mics

AMPAS honors DPA with a Technical Achievement Award
 

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to bestow a Technical Achievement Award to Jens-Jørn Stokholm and Ole Moesmann for the innovative development of miniature high-performance DPA lavalier microphones. 


The Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, a virtual event, will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10 CET. Watch here.



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DPA’s contribution to audio is shrinking our larger mics into miniature versions while keeping the original properties –  clarity and accuracy. This has given the sound engineers in the film industry amazing possibilities. 

– Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO DPA Microphones 

 

 

Development of DPA’s miniature lavalier 

Jens-Jørn Stokholm is an expert in the miniaturization of electronics and electro-mechanical devices. He started as an R&D engineer at the Danish hearing-aid company Oticon, but soon set out to form his own company together with a colleague. The company was named Microtronic A/S and Jens-Jørn developed logarithmic potentiometers and switches aimed at the hearing aid business. Within a few years, the company became the market leader and it still exists today under the name Sonion.



DPA’s contribution to audio is shrinking our larger mics into miniatures while keeping the original properties – clarity and accuracy. This gives new possibilities to the film industry.

Jens-Jørn left Microtronic in 1984 and while early retirement would have been the natural step, as a true entrepreneur he decided to tackle a new mission – to make a miniature microphone. He achieved this task with his new business partner Dan Ingemann Jensen, in a company called Muphone.  

When the founders of DPA Microphones, Ole Brøsted and Morten Støve, approached Muphone to develop a miniature microphone for the professional audio industry, an important partnership was started. Jens-Jørn tweaked his hearing aid microphone into DPA’s first miniature microphone. In 1996, the 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone was launched. This microphone is still used and loved by many film sound engineers today.  



Not only did Jens-Jørn design DPA’s first miniature microphone, but he also mentored DPA’s current head of R&D, Ole Mosemann, ensuring that subsequent DPA miniature microphones would be based on the design heritage of the 4060.   



Ole came to DPA to work on his final university project about interference tube technology, which is used to improve the function of directional microphones. He worked together with Jens-Jørn for more than a decade and contributed to all the miniature microphones that DPA manufacturers and sells today. His work on interference tube technology has helped design some of the best miniature directional microphones on the market. He also led the R&D team to design the unique CORE by DPA technology that reduces distortion, expands dynamic range and increases clarity in miniature microphones. Most recently, he was the lead designer for the 6060 Subminiature Microphone, which is only 60% the size of the 4060, yet retains the main specifications of the original, featuring uncolored sonic character, low noise level and high SPL handling.

Technical Achievement Award history 



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored science and technology in the movie making process since the very early years of the organization. The Academy established the category of Scientific or Technical Achievement at the (4th) Academy Awards back in 1931. The awards at that time were: 

  • Class I: For basic achievements which influence the advancement of the industry as a whole. 

  • Class II: For high level of engineering or technical merit. 

  • Class III: For accomplishments which are valuable contributions to the progress of the industry. 

First recipients 

 

CLASS I (STATUETTE) 

  • Electrical Research Products, Inc., RCA-Photophone, Inc., and RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., for noise reduction recording. 

  • DuPont Film Manufacturing CORP, and Eastman Kodak Co. for super-sensitive panchromatic film. 

CLASS II (CERTIFICATE) 

  • FOX Film Corp. for effective use of synchro-projection composite photography. 

CLASS III (HONORABLE MENTION) 

  • Electrical Research Products, Inc., for moving coil microphone transmitters. 

  • Rko Radio Pictures, Inc., for reflex type microphone concentrators. 

  • Rca-Photophone, Inc., for ribbon microphone transmitters. 

Starting with the 1978 (51st) Awards, the “Class I” Scientific and Technical Award became the Academy Award of Merit, “Class II” became the Scientific and Engineering Award and “Class III” became the Technical Achievement Award. 

https://www.oscars.org/sci-tech/about 

Academy award winning miniature mics

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6060 Series Subminiature Lavalier

Just 3 mm (0.12 in) and available in a normal and a loud SPL version, the 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Lavalier mics pack the audio power of our larger, award-winning DPA mics. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that really matter. By shrinking CORE by DPA technology, we ensure you don't have to compromise on sound to focus on aesthetics.
 

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4060 Series Omni Miniature Mic

This entire series of miniature microphones is based on the original 4060; the very first miniature microphone developed by DPA from the best technology previously only used in hearing aids and measurement microphones.
 

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4660 Series Heavy Duty Omni Mic

Made for situations where you require maximum security and where the visual size of the mic is less important. The series is available in three different sensititity variants - 4660, 4661 and 4671 - each with its own advantages. This robust series features a stainless steel housing, a heavy-duty cable relief and a thick 2.2 mm (0.09 in) cable.

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4160 Series Slim Omni Mic

These mics are perfect for your film assignment or for any other situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. The series is available in two sensitivity variants, the 4160 for normal SPL and 4161 for loud SPL. With sound on par with DPA’s legacy Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, you can be sure that the  Slim will not disappoint.

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Films made using DPA’s miniature lavaliers

Numerous films each year use DPA miniature microphones hidden on actor’s bodies, in hair and costumes. Here are a few more recent films that use them.

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Sound Mixer Felipe “Flip” Borrero Turns to DPA Microphones’ 4161 Slim and Heavy Duty Omnidirectional Microphones to Solve Unique Audio Challenge.
Spider-Man: Homecoming
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The Australian Production Sound Mixer is particularly impressed with DPA’s latest innovations including the 6000 Series of Subminiature Microphones and CORE by DPA amplifier technology.
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
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ToneMesa Deploys Wide Variety of DPA Microphones with Wisycom Transmitters and Receivers for Latest Ray Romano Project.
Paddleton
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After numerous winning awards for his short films, director Alex Guéry used DPA microphones to record the audio for his first full length feature, Près de Moi.
Près de Moi
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Production Sound Mixer Jesse Parker calls upon ‘Holy Trinity of Sound’ to capture pristine audio and provide smooth workflow for feature film
Altitude
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d:screet™ SC4098 used in filming of True Memoirs of an International Assassin
True Memoirs of an International Assassin
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DPA gets up close and personal with Scarlet Johansson.
Lucy
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This action–packed movie presented a number of audio challenges, but thanks to DPA's d:screet™ Miniature Microphones these were easily overcome.
Mad Max: Fury Road
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The company's tiny lavalier microphones allowed production sound mixer Simon Hayes to capture original dialogue at the point of shooting.
Guardians of the Galaxy

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