The Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, Norway, is putting its new DPA d:fine Headset Microphones through their paces on a production of Les Misérables, which opened on September 6th 2012.
The theatre has replaced its old stock of DPA 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones with 40 directional d:fine Headset Microphones and 40 d:fine omni microphone booms, which are being used with a new 32 channel Shure Axient wireless system. The microphones were supplied by sound company Lydproduksjon Tromsø AS, in conjunction with DPA’s Norwegian distributor Lydsystemer.
Jim Oddvar Hansen, Head of Sound at the theatre, says: “The new d:fine Headset Microphones replace a selection of DPA 4060 miniature microphones that we had had for some time. As our previous experience with DPA technology had always been good, it made sense to upgrade using the same manufacturer’s products.”
Jim Oddvar Hansen adds that the d:fine headset microphones were chosen because they offer the latest technology and are also very comfortable for performers to wear.
“The microphones stay in place even with theatre productions like Les Misérables that include dancing and running about the stage while singing. This was a major consideration when it came down to our choice of headworn microphones – we needed something that not only offered exceptional sound quality but was also durable and practical. The DPA d:fine fits all these criteria.”
The Hålogaland Theatre, the regional theatre for Troms and Finnmark, has also invested in 40 DPA omni microphone booms, which are less sensitive to handling noise and to wind, blows and pops.
“We felt that omni microphones would give us the best sound quality for musical productions,” Jim Oddvar Hansen adds. “Also, having both long and short booms provide maximum flexibility and makes it possible to use the microphones on children, or to hide them underneath costumes.”
The Hålogaland Theatre’s production of Les Misérables stars some of Norway’s most talented artists and will run until 28th of November 2012.