DPA Rolls Up to 'Counting Cars'

Rado Stefanov, sound mixer for History Channel's "Counting Cars," has been using DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4063 micas for both talent and ambient sound recording.
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Las Vegas, NV (November 21, 2014)—Rado Stefanov, sound mixer for History Channel's Counting Cars, has been using DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4063 micas for both talent and ambient sound recording.

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Counting Cars chronicles the daily activities of Danny “The Count” Koker and his team at Count’s Kustoms, a car and motorcycle restoration and customization company in Las Vegas. The show is typically shot in locations like the middle of the Nevada desert, where Danny test drives vehicles, or in his paint shop, where the staff spray paints them. Traditional booming applications wouldn’t work, so Stefanov’s “no booming” approach means using DPA d:screet 4063s and Zaxcom wireless transmitters and recorders.

“The DPA miniatures sound exactly like boom mics with the added advantage that I can plant them directly on the talent or vehicles’ engines and interiors,” says Stefanov. “This is especially helpful during the test drive scenes as I can not only record the dialogue of the driver and passenger, but also the hum and roar of the muscle cars or motorcycles that are on set. The main advantage of the DPA mics is that they have a high SPL, which means they can handle extremely loud sound sources and won’t distort when we go from very low dialogue to very noisy car and bike sounds.”

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