Geordy Sincavage, owner of the sound effects company Sinc Sound that records ambient sound for productions, has described DPA's d:dicate 4006A omnidirectional mics as "a game changer" after using them for HBO TV series' The Leftovers and Westworld.
Sincavage also used them for the multiple Academy Award-nominated film The Revenant to capture the sounds of boots walking, oars splashing in water and snow crunching under foot.
“I started using DPA microphones around two years ago by recording for The Revenant,” said Sincavage. “I wanted to do stereo room miking on a separate track in Pro Tools and to do that I needed two separate microphones.
"I reached out to Chris Spahr, VP of sales and marketing in the US, at DPA because I needed the cleanest microphones that would give me the truest sound. So many microphones colour sound and DPA mics have the flattest sound with no noise floor. The resulting audio was clear and concise, which is hard to find when you are trying to replicate the sound that you are hearing in real life through a microphone.”
The d:dicate 4006A’s were also used "nonstop" for Westworld, added Sincavage. “That show is very different and has a lot of transitions," he said. "There are scenes that take place in these old western buildings, such as a bar, and we needed to record creepy wood steps and big sounding floor surfaces.
"There was a scene when a big safe comes out on a wooden landing and the actor drops it down on the floor. I wanted to make sure I kept a distance from the action, but also got the sound of the safe exploding off the floor. Utilising the d:dicate 4006As was a game-changer, as I was able to mic from a distance and still capture the native sound of the safe.”