Los Angeles, CA (September 9, 2014)—Mike Stock, senior audio mixer for TBS late-night show Conan, uses DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 omnidirectional miniature mics for host Conan O’Brien, sidekick Andy Richter and their guests.
One of Stock’s challenges is the set, and specifically the moon background behind O’Brien’s desk. Made of plastic, the digital screen usually reflects audio, bouncing it back into the mics, but Stock has found that the d:screet 4061s help to filter out that noise.
Additionally, the compact design of the d:screets offer the ability to close-mic anyone who pops in on set. Stock prefers affixing the mics directly on the participants, concealed in both props and clothing.
“I have personally used DPA products for years and made the switch here at Conan to the d:screet 4061 a few months ago,” says Stock. “I like that they have a hotter output than other mics, so you don’t have to crank up the mic preamps and console. The output seems to be a higher voltage than others, which is important, especially with low talkers on the show. The d:screet 4061 really helps with that.”