Since it first started operating, the University of Saint Francis has worked to give students the tools and knowledge needed to prosper as a professional in a highly competitive industry. Time and time again, the school’s Music Department Program Director Miles Fulwider relies heavily on DPA microphones during the 2018 performance season for concerts and recordings.For over 10 years, Fulwider has used DPA on various projects, such as traditional orchestra and acoustic ensemble recordings, concerts and 3D immersive audio applications. “This year we used DPA mics for a couple of high-profile professional sessions,” says Fulwider. “Also, our music ensembles just finished up on their performance season and DPA microphones were heavily used. From flying the microphones above our choir to mic’ing the drumkit in our jazz ensemble, the microphones have become a welcomed addition to our studio and stage equipment.”
The USF has an extensive supply of DPA products, including the d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphones, d:sign™ 4098 Supercardioid Gooseneck Microphones, d:facto™ 4018 Vocal Microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.
“Our students now request to use DPA mics on all of their recordings,” adds Fulwider. “Regardless of the genre, students have heard the difference, clarity and overall performance of these microphones and prefer to work with them for all sessions. It is not only easier for them to hear the source material, but also to make better educated decisions about placement and techniques. With the use of DPA’s microphones, students understand what the physical and technical ramifications of subtle microphone movements are during a recording or performance. It trains their ears to hear those differences, so they can make more educated decisions.”
The school has also taken part in a number of sponsoring opportunities, including a performing arts group called Jesters. The group consists of over 80 individuals of all ages, with intellectual and developmental disabilities and used DPA microphones for their annual spring performance. “The venue (USF North Campus auditorium) where the Jesters performed had a number of factors to consider,” says Fulwider. “Working with the group, we were unable to use anything that was body-worn. We also kept the venue quite cool so there was an increase in HVAC noise in the hall. We needed a solution that could not only be flown to capture the stage performance, but also maintain strong off-axis rejection to reduce the noise level and allow us to use adequate microphone amplification before potential feedback. We found that solution with DPA mics. I feel every recording session and concert can be enhanced greatly with DPA microphones.
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