AAG Live selects two d:dicate™ microphones to amplify presenters inside custom podium solution
DPA Microphones' d:dicate™ 2011ES Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone
and d:dicate™ 4018ES Supercardioid Microphone
were paired together to create a custom podium for presenters and award recipients at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The solution was selected by both the production team and engineers after a collective A/B shootout was conducted against the award show’s previous podium microphone.
Provided as part of a collaborative effort between AAG Live, Republic Production Company and Frequency Coordination Group, the podiums utilized during the ceremony were a custom design. “We stacked the d:dicate™ 2011ES and d:dicate™ 4018ES mics on top of each other, feeding the wires through a tube to conceal and construct each podium. This provided a unique sound that was tailored to this event space,” explains Jason Atwell, CEO of AAG Live and Republic Productions. “The podiums and DPA mics were supplied by my two companies, AAG Live and Republic Productions. First, we manufactured the actual podium and tubing, and then retro-fitted the mic and used the standard capsule clip to keep it in place. We built the preamps into the base and relied on the right-angle extension of the d:dicate™ 2011ES and d:dicate™ 4018ES to run to the transmitter.”
The d:dicate™ 2011ES is best used in close-miking situations and is optimized for onstage use because of its blend of clarity, richness and range. The d:dicate™ 4018ES has a highly directional supercardioid pickup pattern, with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response, making it an ideal choice for the presenters onstage. Combined with the MMP-ES Modular Active Cable with side entry, they make an elegant and unobtrusive solution.
“By loading the preamp down the cable, it makes the top of the podium even more compact,” adds Brooks Schroeder, owner of Frequency Coordination Group. “It’s a lower profile, so when we put our base cover on, it keeps it as small as possible.”