MICROPHONES FOR FILM APPLICATIONS

Great sound for a film production

There are many ways to land great sound for a film production. Sometimes positioning microphones on the actors (bodyworn microphones) is the best choice. At other times a booming microphone is the best solution.
I usually have multiple DPA mics set up because, for example, when capturing an emotional scene, someone may clutch their hands to their chest and completely cover the lavalier. Then, in production, the editor can switch to the shotgun mic and it won’t sound any different. The sonic consistency across all DPA microphones is amazing. The editors can seamlessly switch back and forth between mics and they can’t hear a difference — everything is crystal clear and evenly balanced.”
– Ben Nimkin, production sound mixer

Lavalier mics for film

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6060 Series Subminiature Lavalier

At just 3 mm (0.12 in) these mics can be hidden in even the most revealing costumes making them an obvious choice for film sets. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that really matter when capturing sound for the big screen. 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

Originally designed for wireless systems in theatres, today the 4060 Series is one of the most loved mics for film applications as well. This miniature captures speech in all of its nuances and is small enough to easily hide in costumes. A range of variants cater to specific audio needs.

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4160 Slim Omni Mic

These mics are perfect for your film assignment or for any other situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. With sound on par with DPA’s legacy Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, you can be sure that the 4160 Slim will not disappoint.
 

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Shotgun mics for film

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4097 Micro Shotgun Microphone

A perfect plant mic in difficult filming locations like a car, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun is small, slim and unobtrusive with a supercardioid pattern and a built-in shock mount. Just attach it to a transmitter, place it above the sun visor and point it towards the actors. It's ready for action.

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4017 Shotgun Mic

Designed for a broad range of applications, this microphone is ideal for use with camera systems, in fixed positions for broadcast / ENG / film booming and even studio recording environments. They are also often the natural choice on a sports scene where large areas are to be covered with a lot of microphones, i.e. a football field and the likes.

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4018 Supercardioid Mic

Ideal for long-distance broadcast, ENG and film miking applications, such as booming, dialogue, interview and table or podium use. This mic offers superb flexibility through modular accessories.

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Plant mics

Whether you're miking in a car or in other close quarters, a 4097 CORE Shotgun Microphone is a valuable and unique solution. With its small footprint and clear audio pick up, this mic can be quickly mounted in even the tightest spaces (like packed away above a car's sun visor, clipped to the dashboard or attached under a table).



The 4097 CORE Shotgun Microphone is designed with specific feedback from professional film sound engineers in order to supplement their available toolbox of microphone solutions. When used in combination with DPA boom mics and bodyworn lavaliers, a full package of high-quality mics for any film production's needs.

Theis mic has the perfect match between size and sound quality. It is tailored to film sound engineers' needs, as the mic head turns in the right direction and is easily mounted inconspicuous on a small transmitter via one of our appropriate DAD adapters. This makes it extremely fast to mount and direct towards the talent. With its built-in shock mount, the mic is the only solution of its kind with this small form factor. The high rejection, well-known off-axis response and natural sound, makes it easy to blend the signal of the 4097 Plant Mic with other signals during postproduction.

Bodyworn mics

Bodyworn microphones can be tremendously useful in many filming situations: noisy environments, wide shots, very reverberant spaces, tight spaces and more.


With bodyworn miniature mics you can capture the best possible sound, while at the same time completely concealing the microphone. These mics allow you to ensure repeatable, superior sound quality, unseen by the audience. They come in a range of variants, including the virtually invisible Slim Series, which can meet your special concealment needs.
 

“When I first heard DPA's 4061 and 4071 microphones, the sound was so transparent and natural that I felt it could be cut with the boom without any uncomfortable shift in the timbre of the voice. Of course, we still need booms but we can now mix and match between the two depending on the requirements of the scene."



Simon Hayes, production sound mixer
 

Boom mics

A properly boomed actor sounds very natural to the ear. Boom microphones are a staple in most film sound engineers arsenal of tools.


The 4017B Shotgun Microphone has a hypercardioid pickup pattern  designed with a unique interference tube that provides excellent off-axis rejection.  This unique directional pattern is useful when you need high directivity with high background noise rejection.  Rejection of background noise is needed when you cannot place the mic close to the sound source. The even shorter 4018C Supercardioid Microphone, Compact has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response. It is designed for use in film miking applications where space is limited. Like interior car scenes placed in the sun visor.
 
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Are you ready to buy a DPA microphone film application? Find the store closest to you.
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In conversation with Simon Hayes

Over the last 20 years Production Sound Mixer Simon Hayes has worked on more than 45 feature films, including the acclaimed 2012 version of Les Misérables, which won him an Oscar.
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