Sound engineer Håvard Christensen, who is Head of Stage Engineering at Stormen, was site manager during the construction phase and worked closely with Arup Theatre Consulting, which specified all sound, visual and communication systems.
“I was also a user representative during the planning of the new concert hall because I had spent several years working for a local PA company,” he says.
Choosing DPA microphones was an easy decision for Christensen to make because he had used the company’s products for many years in his own studio, which specialises in classical and jazz recording.
“I have always regarded them as the No. 1 choice for natural sound reproduction of any instrument, both acoustic and amplified,” he explains. “Another very important feature is the accuracy of the pickup pattern. This makes feedback easy to control and makes bleed from adjacent instruments sound more pleasing.”
Stormen’s stock of DPA includes over 20 d:dicate™ Recording Microphones
, 20-plus d:vote™ Instrument Microphones
, four d:screet™ SC4098 Podium Microphones
and over 30 d:fine™ Headset Microphones
, all of which were supplied by DPA’s Norwegian distributor, Lyd-Systemer.
“We have invested heavily in d:dicate™ condenser microphones because they are so versatile,” Christensen says. “They are used for many different purposes including drum overheads, percussion, horns, strings, woodwinds, piano, choir and speech. We have also invested in 10 tube stands, which are very popular when we want to minimize the visual impact of the sound equipment on stage.”