SoundPro ’18 Insider #2
Posted on: Wednesday 19th of September 2018
The second of our special features, bringing you information and insight from some of the exhibitors who you can meet at SoundPro’18 on October 6th.
Vlad Boom Services
One of the highlights of SoundPro’18 will inevitably be the Fisher boom pole – which visitors will be able to try out for themselves.
We asked Peter ‘Vlad’ Laugalis to explain why being a boom operator was such a cool job. He told us:
1. You can hit Frank Skinner on the head and get away with it
2. You’re performing correct and continuously variable microphone placement without getting off one’s backside
3. The best seat in the theatre to enjoy actors at their [cough] craft
4. Being a part of ‘man and machine in perfect harmony’. Very Kraftwerk!
5. Knowing that what we do is still important – the viewer at home will glance up from their smartphone to the TV screen depending on what they hear.
6. Getting paid for doing what is essentially a giant video game made of meat
7. People think you’re a museum exhibit operated by an out of work actor
8. You get high. All the time. Really high. [This is not a drug reference, as far as we know – Ed]
9. Lording it over who can or can’t put their coffee/script on your platform
10. Did I mention hitting Frank Skinner on the head?
DPA Microphones has officially introduced the 6000 series – the company’s smallest ever high-end pro-audio microphone capsules as additions to its industry-leading d:screet Lavalier and d:fine Headset Microphone ranges.
The d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones are just three millimetres in diameter – two millimetres smaller than DPA’s existing 4000 series of miniature microphone products. They also incorporate the recently launched CORE by DPA amplifier technology, so while they may be small, they pack a powerful punch in terms of performance.
DPA is represented by Sound Network in the UK.
Also appearing under the Sound Network umbrella, you can buzz along to Bubblebee at SoundPro’18.
Bubblebee founder and designer Poul Mejer is a veteran field recordist for TV productions who understands the challenges faced by sound professionals thanks to first-hand experience in the field. Bubblebee Industries range of ‘Windbubbles’ are designed to retain as much of the microphone’s natural sound as possible, boast industry leading quality and have become indispensable accessories for sound recordists worldwide.
Sony – represented by Sound Network in the UK – is renowned for its professional audio wireless systems, favoured by many major theatre and broadcast production companies.
The company’s new 3rd-Generation DWX digital wireless system sits at the cutting edge of digital wireless technology in terms of quality, size and capability, with “the smallest digital beltpack and lowest system latency on the market”.
PMC monitors? You can see them at SoundPro’18.
A big advocate is producer Emre Ramazanoglu,who has invested in a pair of PMC twotwo8 monitors for his studio in London and is already finding that their clarity and detail is helping to speed up his workflow, particularly on mix projects.
“They are incredibly detailed and have great volume and a nice, full range,” he says. “As well as being musical and exciting, they remain proper reference monitors that suit everything I throw at them.”
Multi-talented Ramazanoglu has worked with a diverse range of artists including Richard Ashcroft, John Newman, Kylie Minogue and Paloma Faith. Two of his recent album projects – for Noel Gallagher and Lily Allen – were shortlisted for the 2018 Mercury Prize.