The Right Sauce for the Source

August 11, 2022, 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

All hours are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

The Right Sauce for the Source

Educational Session

What do costume changes, hats, wigs and makeup all have in common? How about, they're all things the audio team in any theatre love to hate! Luckily, there's more than one way to tackle these artistic hurdles and come out with a show that sounds amazing. Join DPA Microphone's Paul Andrews for this interactive, practical session on live microphone techniques for theatre. During the session, Paul will take a volunteer from the group and mic them up as if they were about to go on stage. He'll show best-in-practice mic'ing techniques for live theatre application, as well as suboptimal mic techniques that are often deployed out of necessity, and how the placement of the microphone in each of these scenarios affects the sound and speech intelligibility of the performer on stage.

Paul will record live samples using a variety of different microphone types and placement techniques, and then play back the audio for all to hear. This session will focus on the usage of DPA lavalier microphones to get the exact sound you desire from the stage - right from the source - with little (or no) processing involved. Although this session will be geared towards live microphone techniques in theatre, Paul's background in live music, studio recording and location sound shall not be forgotten. Participants are encouraged to challenge Paul with any mic'ing scenario they've faced... we're positive he'll be able to offer a solid recommendation and maybe even share some contextual experience of his own as well!

After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to properly mic a performer, regardless of any artistic costume hurtles that are faced!

Date, Time & Location: Thursday August 11, 2022 | 10:45 - 12:15 MDT | MECC - Bianca Room + Via Zoom
Full Conference Pass Virtual-Only: YES (link will be sent to registrants via email)
Duration: 90 mins
Level: General (for all)
Discipline: Sound.

Presenters: Paul Andrews, DPA Microphones

Paul began his musical career as a student at the University of Denver, studying classical guitar under Ricardo Iznaola. He then made the transition into audio recording at A&M Records, and before joining the team at DPA stationed in Nashville, Paul was the Owner/Engineer of Bridge Recording Studios in Colorado. During his extensive career in audio recording, Andrews has worked with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Boyz II Men, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans and the CSU Symphony Orchestra and Big Band.