DPA 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid mics are often used at the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California, San Diego.
San Diego, CA (February 10, 2014)—The La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) doubles as both a home to professional theatrical productions and a teaching facility for theater students. Both sides of the equation are making the most of numerous DPA d:dicate microphones that were recently purchased for the facility, including 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid mics and 4061/4062 omnidirectional miniature mics.
“We premier a lot of new productions, which requires us to be flexible in our sound and video area because with works in progress things can change every day,” says Joe Huppert, sound and video supervisor for La Jolla Playhouse and the UCSD department for theater and dance. “In these situations, we also work directly with Broadway sound designers who have set ways of doing things, and they always expect us to have DPA Microphones.”
Primarily used on instruments and as foot mics, DPA Microphones is a regular part of the La Jolla rotation. The theater also embedded its 2011C mics in various areas of the stage for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” for which the actors climbed around the set, and one was even suspended upside down, six feet above the stage. In this production, the sound team was able to pick up the audio for all of the performers.
In addition to hosting professional productions, La Jolla Playhouse’s five theaters also are home to a variety of student-run shows and university events. Supported by the venue’s professional carpenters, electricians and sound technicians, the students are mentored on what audio equipment will work best for their production. They ultimately take this gear and implement it on the stage.
The theater also occasionally rents DPA’s 4021 compact cardioid microphones to use in addition to the 2011Cs as foot mics for its high-end performances, such as the Second City Comedy Troupe that often performs at the school. At these times, Huppert calls on the theater’s sound designer, Eric Stahlhammer, owner of Greater Sound Designs, to specify the gear.