Since wrapping that shoot, Martin says he’s seen a significant uptick in requests for similar setups from his customers. “DPA makes quality, top of the line equipment, and we try to push it every chance we get,” he says. “For anyone who has needed to accomplish similar shoots to things I’ve done, I always share my insight and experience. The MMA-A
combo not only became a very commonly requested setup for other similar cell phone-style jobs I worked on, but they became heavily rented and purchased items at the shop as well.”
For Martin, his experience with DPA mics began back when the 4017 Shotgun Microphone
was introduced, so he certainly has a lot of experience to share with customers. “Soon after finding the 4017, I switched over to only using DPA’s lavalier mics,” continues Martin. “I think I own variations or multiple quantities of every tool that DPA makes. They’re my go-to microphone for most situations.”
A sound mixer by trade, Martin got his start in the industry in 2001, straight out of high school. After working for Dateline NBC, he made the jump to commercial production, but has also worked on feature films. As a sound mixer, Martin found himself unsatisfied with his options of audio equipment suppliers, so he co-founded Audio Department in 2008 with former general manager Frank Scibella. Based in Burbank, California, Audio Department primarily serves the commercial, film, television and documentary industry, providing professional-grade equipment. Martin is also the owner of Sound Guys Solutions, a product manufacturing company.