Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny rang the NASDAQ bell while wearing a DPA d:fine headset microphone.
Allerod, Denmark (November 26, 2013)—DPA Microphones were used at the fourth Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin. Nearly 10,000 delegates from over 90 countries attended the two-day tech convention, which was officially opened when Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny rang the NASDAQ bell, while sporting a DPA mic.
Tony Lanigan, technical director and production manager at Dublin-based rental/staging company Avtek, was responsible for specifying the audiovisual equipment for the entire event. “We often use DPA headset microphones, especially in venues such as old buildings and echo-y, cavernous churches where there are lots of reflections,” Lanigan said. “For this event, at which there were over 200 exhibitors, they were absolutely the right choice.”
In total, Avtek used 50 DPA microphones—a mixture of d:fine 4088 Cardioid Headset Microphones and DPA d:screet 4066 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones. DPA’s Irish distributor Big Bear Sound provided some new d:fine units to add to Avtek’s existing rental stock.
“Wherever possible, we tried to use DPA d:fine 4088 Headset Microphones with Sennheiser belt packs because their cardioid construction was able to give us as much SPL as possible to overcome the ambient noise,” Lanigan said. “Some of the ‘pitching’ stages were in the middle of the exhibition areas with up to 10,000 people roaming through the space chatting and selling their apps etc. In that environment, a speaker with a lapel mic would have struggled to be heard.”