Alleroed, Denmark (May 20, 2013)-United Studios and Outside Broadcast chose DPA Microphones' 5100 mobile surround microphone to capture the ambiance of the Amsterdam Arena for the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final telecast.
Huub Lelieveld, senior sound supervisor for United Studios and Outside Broadcast, says, "UEFA was adamant that the broadcast quality had to be top class as this was a huge, 35-camera production that was going out to broadcasters all over the world. We wanted to make sure the audio quality would be as high as possible and that we captured the ambiance of the stadium in phase-coherent surround, so that it sounded huge in surround, but also still sounded great in stereo and even mono."
Lelieveld, in conjunction with his colleague Mischa Kortleve, tested the DPA 5100 microphone during one of the UEFA preliminary rounds in the Amsterdam Arena to ensure they were the right choice for the important Cup Final event on May 15th. DPA's Dutch distributor Amptec supplied the microphone.
"We recorded all our microphones to multitrack and decided, after extensive listening tests, that the 5100 was perfect for the Cup Final," he says. "The DPA 5100 was rigged in the catwalk of the stadium where it was able to capture the whole arena in surround. We complemented this system with four DPA 4006A omni microphones, which were hung from the catwalk in each of the four corners of the stadium, and we also used two DPA 4017B shotgun microphones positioned on our two Steadicams as these were smaller and lighter than the microphones we usually use."
Based in Hilversum, Holland, United is part of the Euro Media Group that has production and post production facilities in Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. United operates nine OB vehicles and mobile control rooms and provides broadcast facilities to capture major sporting events and live music concerts all over Europe.