Milford, NH (December 10, 2012)—Production sound mixer Mark LeBlanc has adopted the Earthworks DP30/C mic, designed for close miking toms and snare, for his film projects.
LeBlanc zeroed in on the DP30/C after meeting with an Earthworks representative to discuss the challenges faced on movie sets. "I selected the DP30/C because it would address a possible need to have a mic that could easily be hidden because of its non-standard shape," LeBlanc explains. "Until that day, I never considered using an Earthworks mic because the literature showed it to be a studio mic."
While shotgun microphones are a more traditional choice for location recording, LeBlanc found the DP30/C to be suited to the work. "The DP30/C rejects sound coming from the rear as good as, if not better than, some shotgun mics specifically designed to reject sound," explains LeBlanc. "Its extremely low vertical footprint allows me to use it in scenes that otherwise a microphone would not be able to get in."
"The very first film I used the DP30/C on was a SyFy original movie called MonsterWolf. I was in a large government office building and was having trouble with some of the other mics I had in my kit at the time. I threw the DP30/C on the pole as a last-ditch measure and was blown away by the results. Since then, the DP30/C has made an appearance in every movie I've mixed since." LeBlanc also used the DP30/C on all of the interior scenes for Beasts of the Southern Wild, horror movie MaskMaker and The Outsider, staring Craig Fairbrass and James Caan.
"It's one of the most natural sounding mics I've ever used," LeBlanc says. "Very little coloration of the sound as presented to the mic. It gives you a very good feel for the room as it was on the day of shooting."