Sound recordist Malthe Bjørn Jensen used d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones to record dialogue and ambience on the film Silent Night.
Danish sound designer and film sound recordist Malthe Bjørn Jensen likes DPA’s d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones
so much that he wants to eat one! It’s true – he really is curious to see what sounds he might capture if he swallowed one of these tiny mics.
While recognising that it’s probably best not to try this for real, Jensen says: “I’ve always been really impressed by the big sound you get from these very small microphones. Their small size makes them very handy - I often use them on film sets to record sounds in places where a bigger microphone wouldn’t fit.”
Jensen adds that having inconspicuous cables also makes them easy to hide. “For example, if I’m recording dialogue I work with the costume department to hide them in the actors’ costumes,” he says. “I usually use DPA concealers
and a piece of fake fur to eliminate rustle, but sometimes, if the costume is tight, I use Bubblebee Invisible Lavalier Covers because they work very well. It’s also useful that the microphone’s grid provides a boost in the high mid-range, which is ideal when you are positioning the mic in a costume that muffles the sound.”
The sound quality Jensen gets from DPA lavalier microphones is often a useful back-up on a film set, especially when shooting wide angle shots where you don’t want to see a boom.
“I use a DPA d:dicate™ 4017B
as my shotgun mic because it works really well with the d:screet™ 4061 Miniature mics,” he explains. “The way the sound balances between the two means that I have less work to do in post. I love the sound of this microphone - and the fact that it is lightweight on the boom is handy if you haven’t been to the gym for a while! It is good for outdoor recording and for indoors where longer shotguns don’t fit under the ceiling or where they pick up too much reflection and do weird phase things. I’ve also used it to record sound effects, usually with it mounted on a stand.”