New York, NY (June 12, 2015)—Firehouse Productions once again used DPA Microphones for the recent 2015 Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS.
The audio team used DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional and d:fine 4088 directional headset microphones to capture the vocals of the production’s performers, including co-hosts Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. DPA 4061s were also used in the orchestra pit. Singer Josh Groban’s audio team selected DPA’s d:dicate 4011ES cardioid microphones for his performance, which was accompanied by a piano.
Each show that performed rehearsed in its respective theater prior to the award ceremony. “The show’s engineers prefer the sound and durability of the DPA mics, which need to survive being sent to the various theatres during rehearsals,” says Vinny Siniscal, RF coordinator, Firehouse Productions, who, along with Sisse Jonassen, was also in charge of tech’ing all of the mics on-site.
“There were a lot of problems with other devices in the past in terms of broken connectors as a result of too much activity, traffic and handling,” Siniscal recounts. “For a production like this, which is broadcast live to millions of people, it is crucial that the mics survive being rigged, plugged and unplugged, yet still maintain the required level of sound consistency.”
Siniscal recalls first looking for new mics to use during the Tony Awards. He and his crew liked how well DPA’s cardioid 4088s were used in corporate applications, especially in front of a PA for a large group. “The d:screet 4061s have a very similar functionality and sound quality, with an added benefit that they can also be hidden easily in a stage costume,” he explains. “We were looking at a lot of different mics, but overall—in terms of color, durability and sound quality. When we took over the Tony Awards, we knew that both mics were the right tools for this application.”