Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, miking Kesha on Rising Star
Los Angeles, CA (July 9, 2014)—Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, sound supervisor for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, has been miking up the likes of Kesha, Josh Groban, Ludacris and Brad Paisley on DPA microphones on his new gig.
In addition to his d:dicate 4017 shotgun mic, McCoy also makes use of his new DPA d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.
With behind-the-scenes competitor interviews, commentary from host Josh Groban and mentoring from the likes of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, Rising Star incorporates significant moments of dialogue in addition to the performances. In order to account for the show’s various ENG and reality needs, McCoy simultaneously uses the d:dicate 4017 and d:screet 4061s.
Using the d:screet 4061s with the Wisycom transmitters is a first for McCoy, a long-time user of DPA Microphones. New York-based Gotham Sound supplied the one-dozen d:screets and beltpacks for Rising Star. McCoy chose the d:screet 4061 because it has a lower sensitivity and can handle 144 dB SPL, which allows him to avoid distortion on the powerful singing voices.
“Wisycom’s transmitters are essentially the Ferrari of wireless,” adds McCoy. “I’ve been using DPA d:screets for years, and now I’m hearing them with new parameters. Since the transmitter is equipped with an AF input mic powering at 5.5 V, as opposed to the standard three or four, we can get an enhanced dynamic range and improved frequency response from the microphones. It’s been a real ‘ear opener,’ if you will. Using the d:screet 4061s and transmitter with a 24-bit 96 KHz A/D and D/A converters gives me a sound that makes me feel like I’m back in a recording studio while I’m in the field.”