Q: What advice would you give to other women who are interested in a career in audio?
A: There are a lot of big personalities in this industry and you just can’t ever take anything personally. Be nice to people because that’s what they are going to notice, but always remember that it’s about the job first. The person who’s the PA on-set today could be in the production office hiring you tomorrow, so you want them to know you work hard and are a team player. Always do your best, people will remember when you put the effort in.
The sound industry is a very tight-knit community; we love to mentor each other. I have friends all over LA and we’re always looking out for each other, whether it’s to bounce an idea or share new techniques. So, never be afraid to reach out and ask questions. Also, especially for women, be respectful of those who have come before you and have fought the battle so that you can be here.
Lastly, remember that you are a permanent student when you’re in the audio industry. The moment you have the attitude that you’re out of school, you’re done growing as a professional. As sound mixers, especially as technology continues to advance, we’re constantly developing and coming up with new approaches on how to do things. This is where having an open mind will serve you well.
Q: Can you tell us about your first experience with DPA Microphones?
A: From the first time I got my hands on DPA microphones in 2013, I was hooked. I remember I came on to a set where I was going to be booming. Without taking a close look at the mics, I began my sound check and I immediately noticed the difference. I couldn’t believe how clear and natural the sound quality was—so full and so beautiful. As it turned out, I was using DPA’s 4017 Shotgun Mic
. From that moment, I knew that was going to be my choice solution for booms—the sound quality simply cannot be beat. While working on this show, I also had the opportunity to get my hands on the brand’s 4061/71 Miniature Omnidirectional mics
. They sounded so full and so natural. It was really beautiful—and that’s when I fell in love with DPA Microphones. From there, I began to share my love of the brand with other sound mixers, and a bunch of my colleagues jumped on the DPA bandwagon. I’m constantly raving about my DPAs.
Q: What DPA mics do you use, and what are some of the standout features or functions that have been helpful?
A: Over the past seven years, I’ve acquired an arsenal of DPA solutions. This includes the 4017 Shotgun
Miniature Omnidirectional and 4098
Supercardioid Microphones. I turn to these for all my audio recording needs in TV and film applications. When I use DPA’s plant mics, I know I can just plug them in and hide them, and they’ll always capture crystal-clear sound while not being visible on camera. Sometimes, small microphones don’t sound very natural because of the reduced size of the diaphragm, but somehow the geniuses at DPA figured out how to make this work. Also, the 4061 and 4071 mini lavaliers are simply amazing—those tiny mics pack a big punch!
DPA Microphones’ build quality, coupled with its sonic palette, provide me with the perfect microphone solution for all my recording needs. Like paint to an artist, mics are everything to a sound mixer, and I need solutions that I can rely on. I often work in rough conditions—ones in which you wouldn’t want to introduce your microphones. With DPA, I know that the mics will survive no matter what environment I’m working in; and they’ll sound great the entire time.
Additionally, films are shot in a hundred different ways—shots, settings, locations—and then all of that sound goes to post-production to be blended together. With DPA, I can make the post team’s job easier because my microphones match sonically. This way, when they swap between the lav tracks and the boom tracks, it doesn’t jump out at you; it sounds seamless. The sonic consistency between DPA’s microphones is very impressive—you can’t hear a difference from one mic to the next. That’s very valuable to me as I typically work with multiple mics at one time. Personally, I always find DPA to be a joy to mix. Working with the brand always puts a smile on my face.
Q: As a fan of DPA Microphones, how do the brand’s solutions improve your overall workflow when on-location?
A: Directors are going to come up with an idea of how they want to do something — as a sound mixer, you have to make it work. To achieve this, I need microphones that sound great, don’t inhibit the actor and aren’t visible on camera. I found all of that with DPA Microphones. I’ve only had wonderful experiences with the brand, and with every DPA mic that I’ve managed to get my hands on, they just knock it out of the park every time. Nothing has come close to DPA in my world. I’m able to get everything I need I get a full-spectrum response with the most natural sound. I look forward to continuing to rely on DPA’s solutions on future projects.