DPA Captures California Sound

Production sound mixer Timothy O’Malley chose to employ DPA’s d:mension 5100 mobile surround microphone for Becoming California, a two-hour documentary sponsored by The California Environmental Legacy Project.
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Sacramento, CA (December 5, 2014)—Production sound mixer Timothy O’Malley chose to employ DPA’s d:mension 5100 mobile surround microphone for Becoming California, a two-hour documentary sponsored by The California Environmental Legacy Project.

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“I used the DPA d:mension 5100 specifically for this film because there wasn’t a lot of dialogue to be captured,” he explains O’Malley. “Instead, I captured the 5.1 surround sound effect of the environment, such as the wind hitting the trees, elephant seals snorting on the beach or birds calling to their mates. The wind was especially important because there’s a lot of it out there. The d:mension 5100 was the only solution. You can’t compare it to other products on the market; it’s just that good.”

“In theory, the d:mension 5100 shouldn’t work because the mics are so close together, but it is perfectly engineered with these little capsules and plastic spacers, which make it sound great. The d:mension 5100, along with my Sound Devices 788T recorder, were my first two equipment purchases after college,” says O’Malley, who graduated with a film degree in May 2011.

Narrated by actress Jane Fonda and with an original score led by Grammy Award-winning musician Pat Metheny, the documentary is set to air on PBS this fall. The film features 15-minute segments of beautiful videography from each of the state’s national parks. In addition to the documentary, each park will feature its individual 15-minute segment in its welcome center, many of which are newly renovated. With more than 30 parks throughout the state, the entire project took more than a year to capture.

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