Lyons, CO (February 10, 2005)–When it comes to broadcasting the biggest football game of the year, what the audience doesn’t hear on the air is just as important as what they do hear. That’s why ESPN and FOX Sports turned to DPA microphones to help battle the wind and the noise of Jacksonville’s Alltel Stadium during Super Bowl XXXIX.
Various types of DPA mics were used by the networks for pre-, post- and live game coverage, according to Gary Baldassari, a DPA technical adviser. “The 4088 Miniature Cardioid headband mics were used by a panel of ESPN commentators at a place called the Freedom Fountain, down on the river,” Baldassari said. He added that while ESPN commentators Chris Berman and former Dallas Cowboy great Michael Ervin were using the headworn 4088s, FOX Sports own sideline reporter Pam Oliver has been a devotee of DPA headworn mics since Super Bowl XXXVI.
Moreover, DPA headworn mics were also used exclusively on FOX pre-game, halftime and post-game shows with Fox’s commentating crew of James Brown (JB), Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson.
“The networks’ on-air talent love the DPA headband mics for their sound quality, visual elegance and versatility but unsurpassed rejection is really why the networks trust DPA products,” Baldassari explained. He added that DPA supplied multiple Windpac windshield systems on the NFC side of the field and on each 20-yard line was a large Windpac used to shield 4011 cardiod microphones. The Windpac system is capable of withstanding wind gusts of up to 85mph while still allowing for accurate sound recording and audio transparency.
The DPA 4011 Cardiod Microphone was employed due to its linear frequency response range from 40Hz to 20Khz and the ability to be pointed to reject stadium PA scoreboard sound, enabling a clear audio feed that was used to supply at least 25 other domestic and international networks. “All the cardiods used were pointed to minimize scoreboard PA intrusion,” Baldassari reiterated. “Again, the DPAs are known for their excellent rejection and at the Super Bowl, there’s a whole lot of noise that you don’t want going out over the air.”
The DPA 4088 Miniature cardioid headband microphone was specifically designed for use in feedback prone environments. Completely adjustable, this headworn microphone with a miniature boom, which attaches to the headband frame capturing both ears, is small and lightweight, providing a secure and comfortable fit. The 4088’s uncompromising sound quality, coupled with its high SPL capabilities, makes it the perfect choice for professionals requiring clarity, realism and increased gain before feedback.
“The mere fact that the major networks choose DPA mics over other brands is testament to the high quality and precision of our products,” said DPA president Bruce Myers. “We’re honored to be part of such a mega-event and to help in making the Super Bowl a sound success.
DPA Microphones, Inc.