New York, NY (December 23, 2014)—Peter Pan Live!, NBC’s recent live primetime television production of the classic Broadway musical, followed the success of the network’s 2013 depiction of The Sound of Music, raking in more than nine million viewers. A total of 48 d:scree 4061 miniature microphones were used to support the entire cast, which included Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Allison Williams as Peter Pan.
Each lead and principal actor was double-miked, with a single mic on each member of the ensemble. Having gained familiarity with the DPA d:screet 4061s from years of Tony Awards productions, Mark Dittmar, audio producer for Peter Pan Live! and lead design and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions, credited both the sound and the size of the mics for highlighting the show’s top level performers.
“DPA d:screet 4061s have become our premier high-end microphone,” says Dittmar. “We used them on The Sound of Music last year, which was the first big NBC live musical, and even knowing where the microphones are hidden, you cannot see a single one. It’s the combination of size and sound quality that makes the d:screet 4061 the perfect choice for this application; it was the same thing this year. Most of the cast members were wearing two microphones, so we were even able to hide two on one person. From my experience, the sound quality of the microphones is spectacular and that is especially evident when miking an actor who has a very dynamic vocal range.”