New York/Copenhagen (March 23, 2015)—TimbreMusic tonemeister Mikkel Nymand used DPA microphones when recording a collection of famed Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s symphonies and concertos performed by the New York Philharmonic.
The recordings, captured at Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, were for The Nielsen Project, Dacapo Records’ commemoration of Nielsen’s 150th birthday. As one of the most famous concert venues for classic performers, Fisher Hall has a history of presenting audio challenges for symphonic music—namely diffusions that fall short of producing a rich natural sound and an imperfect early reflection pattern. To account for this, Nymand tested the acoustics of the venue during pre-production to locate the best placement of microphone solutions. A longtime DPA Microphones user, Nymand knew that a combination of the d:dicate 4015A and 4006A mics would help alleviate these issues and provide the most natural sound.
“DPA mics have clarity, dynamics and the ability to re-produce original transparent sound, which are all qualities for which DPA stands,” shares Nymand, who is also a product manager for the Danish mic manufacturer. “I was forced to listen to different types of microphones during my education as an audio engineer, but I always come back to DPA Microphones.
“The natural element is most important to me. Once you have listened to the dynamics of a real orchestra, you can tell right away when the sound is not naturally produced. You know that pristine sound character is different for each instrument, so every time I want to be as close to the original sound source as possible, I return to the d:dicate 4006A omnidirectional microphone.”
Nymand used DPA’s S5 surround mount, which enabled him to position three d:dicate 4006A mics above the orchestra. Additionally, to capture the ambient sound, he positioned two wide cardioid d:dicate 4015A mics toward the audience. Additional microphones were spaced out on the stage to produce an optimal audio balance.