DPA Takes the Road to Rio

Grammy-nominated engineer Gabriel Pinheiro recently employed his DPA d:screet 4061 miniature mics on a feature film about Chico Buarque, a popular Brazilian musician.
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Rio de Janiero, Brazil (March 31, 2015)—Grammy-nominated engineer Gabriel Pinheiro recently employed his DPA d:screet 4061 miniature mics on a feature film about Chico Buarque, a popular Brazilian musician.

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“We shot the Chico Buarque film at the Cidade das Artes in Rio, which is a beautiful, new, 1,250 seat theatre,” says Pinheiro. “Everything you are going to see in the movie was recorded live, with no overdubbing and no fake singing or playing. I used all four of my DPA 4061s and also rented some more.

“I do a lot of acoustic music and this production had drums, acoustic bass, acoustic piano and at least one acoustic guitar at all times. For a few songs, we also relied on some clarinets, flutes and additional strings, including a quartet comprised of a cello, viola and two violins. We used the 4061s on all of the instruments because you just don’t see them. I’ve been using this technique for recording acoustic guitar in live environments for two years now. I just place one of those tiny 4061s on the inside of the guitar and it sounds amazing.”

Pinheiro says he especially appreciates the flatness that DPA microphones offer. “On some microphones, you have what they call a colored sound, which means that the microphone itself has some sort of curve, but the DPAs, including the 4061s, are really, really flat,” he says. “The mics don’t mess with the sound at all and you can do all the tricks you want later. They have everything you need from low to mid to high frequencies, and despite their miniscule size, they have a huge sound. It’s a very impressive microphone and film directors love it because it is practically invisible.”

Pinheiro also purchased a d:dictate 4011A about a year ago as a studio mic for various music projects.

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