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Clear churches coast to coast with DPA

Clear churches coast to coast with DPA
Elevation Church

Clear churches coast to coast with DPA


DPA Microphones’ instrument, vocal and headset microphones are said to suit multiple applications at churches of any size. This can be seen throughout recent installs throughout the US, from the east coast’s Our Lady of the Rosary and Elevation Church to Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary and Bethel Church on the Pacific coast.

South Carolina’s Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church turned to Devin Sheets, lead engineer for audio installation company Alpha Sound. Sheets selected the brand’s 4018 Supercardioid Gooseneck microphone, and two each of the 4011 Cardioid Condenser and 4060 Miniature Omnidirectional microphones. “This church has been blessed with very high-quality liturgical elements,” Sheets shared. “The sleek and sophisticated nature of these microphones match the aesthetic of the space very well. The 4018 provides the utmost natural sound at the ambo and for the priest’s chair, where we created a custom wireless mic stand setup. The 4011 mics also amplify the choir and cantors beautifully. The 4060 mics are hidden on the rear wall for added ambience in the narthex and sacristy. The space now has fully intelligible spoken word in every seat.”

Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Rosary

Elevation Church faced a similar issue with vocal clarity, as well as gain before feedback within the room and near the wedges. The North Carolina house of worship called on audio director Justin Whisnant, who tackled the challenge with multiple DPA solutions. For broadcast events, the church Pastor utilises wireless d:facto vocal capsules, along with a 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone. A 2011C Compact Cardioid and 4055 Kick Drum Mics are trusted for recording projects, both live and in the studio, while a 4017B Shotgun serves as a crowd mic and the new 2012 Compact Cardioid and 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Mics amplify the church’s B3 organ. The brand’s 4099 Instrument Mics can be found on horns and strings, especially during Easter and Christmas services.

“DPA microphones are just so easy to work with,” said Whisnant. “They give us the clarity and response we are looking for – whether we are recording, doing live mixes or streaming online. The d:facto and 6066 have been great mics for our Pastor. We are able to get his handheld loud and stable in the wedges without a lot of work. His headset has also allowed us to keep his mic loud enough in front of the PA without any feedback. Then, for our pop-up church setup, the 4099s and 4055 make it possible to get a great mix quickly and easily.”

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