Initially, Joiner was worried about the audio and how the mics would capture the conversations with all of the obstacles. “When I asked him what his final thoughts were, he was thrilled,” says Alexander. “I was able to record the behind-the-scenes conversations beautifully, which in turn, gave him the story that he was looking for.”
Alexander also used DPAs to record Joiner interviewing the owner of the Ford GT team outside the garage. “Originally Joiner was using mics from other brands and couldn’t hear any part of the interview due to the noisy environment. I hooked him up with the d:screet™ 4071
and also used the d:dicate™ 4017B
; from those two mics I was able to hear every word.”
Since the race was 24-hours-long, the production team relied on a secondary crew who started around 2:45a.m. The audio tech that relieved Alexander was using a different mic. “I thought it would be a good experiment to see how the sound lined up against my d:screet™ 4071 mics,” said Alexander. “The levels received from the competitor mics did not quite make the cut, while I was able to get full conversations using the DPA mics.”
For Alexander, DPA is his go-to microphone company. “I’ve never had an issue with using my d:screet™ 4071s,” he adds. “Even in horrible situations; they’ve taken some incredible sound pressure levels and still provided excellent dialog.”
Other recent projects for which Alexander has implemented a variety of DPA microphones include various Philharmonic concerts, location shoots of the PGA tour on behalf of the Golf Channel and La Voz Kids, the Spanish-language version of The Voice, which airs on Telemundo.