Cape Canaveral, FL (March 10, 2004)—It’s not everyday that an audio engineer gets to capture the sound of a Delta Rocket as it takes off into space, but audio engineer Gary Faller recently did exactly that. Faller put a pair of large-diaphragm DPA 4041 stereo mics on the roof of historic U.S. Air Force Hangar AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to capture the sound of the rocket as it streaked into space to launch a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite.
The launch of GPS II-R was broadcast from a TV truck where Faller had to integrate a mix of network feeds, weather balloon reports, launch team dialog, and the sounds from the rocket. To accurately mic the sounds of the rocket from launch pad to the overhead track until out of listening distance, Faller depended on the DPA 4041S stereo pair into the HMA4000 130V power supply/preamp. The signal was then fed into a CD burner, that was then fed to a Mackie console to cross-fade between the launch pad mic and the DPA mics after the first mic had been destroyed by the blast impact.
To get this done with the highest audio quality under the circumstances, Faller used the DPA 3532S Mic Kit with A-B bar, windscreens, and all of the accessories required for EFP applications. Describing the kit as “the ultimate way to go,” Faller added, “DPA basically gives you everything you need, and the mics had more than enough headroom to let me capture the sound accurately with the right balance and impact.”
DPA Microphones, Inc.