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Midsomer Murders conceals DPA microphones

The television show is one of the first to use the new d:screet Slim Miniature Microphone

ITV’s long running detective series Midsomer Murders is among the first television shows in the UK to record dialogue using DPA’s new d:screet Slim Miniature Microphone.

The company says the microphone was developed in response to demands from the film industry for an even smaller lavalier mic that could not to be seen, even if it was in shot and the d:screet 4060 hi-sens and 4061 lo-sens Slim Microphones have a flat capsule. They also come with a button-hole mount featuring a small side entry pipe that allows sound to enter the microphone’s diaphragm through the actor’s button hole. The microphone cable runs perpendicular to this pipe, making it easy to secure the Slim mic capsules behind clothing or to conceal them in the seam of a shirt.

Production sound mixer Jonathan Wyatt, who has worked on Midsomer Murders for the last three years, now has a collection of 14 d:screet 4060 and 4061 Miniature Microphones, including four of the new d:screet 4061 Slim mics.

“I have been using DPA microphones since about 2003 when I phased out my old Trams,” Wyatt says. “I particularly like the d:screet 4060, which I tend to use on everyone because its open sound blends so nicely with a boom. It is also a favourite with my sound team because they really like its concealer. The new 4061 Slim sounds great, too, although it doesn’t offer as much in the way of wind protection.”

Wyatt adds: “I’ll be shooting Midsomer Murders until November … The series shoots between Pinewood and Oxford and is entirely a location drama. We do get to work in some lovely locations, although they are often on a flight path. As with any TV drama, the directors don’t want to do any sound post sync unless really necessary so we do have to work hard to get the sound right first time, even with planes flying over!”

Midsomer Murders is based on the crime-novel series by author Caroline Graham and follows Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby’s efforts to solve crimes that occur in the wealthy, isolated and entirely fictional English county of Midsomer.

Pictures: Midsomer Murders Sound Crew Adam Johnston, Jonathan Wyatt and Liam Ryan