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Game of Thrones sound engineer praises ‘robust’ DPA microphones

From extreme temperatures to tricky shots, the Game of Thrones sound engineer has praised the durability of DPA microphones

The sound mixer for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones has spoken out about his preferred choice of microphone for the fantasy drama.

Daniel Crowley uses a large selection of DPA microphones which have a “direct impact on how the audience engages with the actor’s performance”, and relies on lavaliers to mix with booms on multi-camera shoots.

“To me, no other microphone captures an actor’s performance with as much integrity and authenticity as DPA,” said Crowley. “I believe the mic quality has a direct impact on how much an audience engages with an actor’s performance, which is why I exclusively use DPA for Thrones.”

“My favourite mic is the 4011C on the boom for interiors,” he continued. “In the most recent episode, Jon Snow pledged his allegiance to Dany, a scene where every word is important. Jon had no shirt on, which meant no lavs could be used, and the ‘morning sun’ lighting on top of the small four poster bed gave me mere centimetres above Jon and Dany’s heads. I could barely squeeze the 4011s on poles over the actors, but even with limited space the results were astounding. This scene was mostly whispered but with my DPA’s the viewers didn’t miss a word.”

Game of Thrones’ seventh season was shot across various regions and in a wide range of temperatures. “We shot on location in a few different countries and landscapes,” said Crowley. “DPA’s are used in temperatures from -4 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The fact that we can rely on the DPAs to perform just as well after traveling all over different countries and in any temperature is testament to its robustness.”

Crowley uses six different DPA mics on set. For lavaliers, he uses DPA D:screet 4063 Miniature Omnidirectional with Lo-Sens & DC and D:screet 4080 Miniature Lavalier Cardioid Microphones. On boom, Crowley uses D:dicate 4011A and 4011C Cardioid and D:dicate 4017B and 4017C Shotgun microphones.

Crowley is looking forward to taking his DPAs on more adventures for the final season of Game of Thrones and beyond. “Season eight is going to be massive and I can’t wait to get started again. My DPAs will be right beside me and I look forward to using them on many different projects moving forward.”