Los Angeles, CA (December 20, 2016)—“I’ve been using DPA for over 25 years and have no plans to stop anytime soon,” says Patrick L. Smith, whose most recent projects include Little Big Shots, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
“I never go into a television or music project without a DPA microphone in my arsenal,” says Smith. He is currently working on two motion pictures with producer/director Dan Pritzker, and mixing albums for Jeff Watts, Connie Han, Delfeayo Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
He has been using DPA microphones since 1989, using them while recording and mixing the film scores to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Mo’ Better Blues, as well as during recording sessions with Wynton and Branford Marsalis at RCA/BMG Studios in New York City. “My first experience with DPA was their d:dicate 4006 and 4007 omnis back in the late ‘80s, and I was immediately impressed.”
Smith is also the four-time Emmy Award-nominated former director of audio for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he worked for 22 years mixing over 4,500 shows. “On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, we needed a compact but high-quality microphone with outstanding off-axis response and DPA’s 4022 fit the bill. DPA mics yield a high-fidelity sound with little or no processing [such as EQ or compression].”
An accomplished live sound mixer, Smith adds, “It is a lot easier to get a natural sound in the PA that works for the broadcast mix when using DPA. You have to EQ a lot less when using DPA mics.”