Sound recordist David Kamp chooses DPA Microphones to record insects

David Kamp selects DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 Miniature Microphones to create his new sound library collection

Sound recordist David Kamp has chosen DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 Miniature Microphones to put audio for a new sound library collection entitled Insects & Swarms.


Kamp records and designs sound for animation, art and museum installations, commercials, short films, games and VR. He has been recording in this project thousands of flies, bees, mosquitos and locusts, some of which were recorded individually while others were captured as part of a large insect swarm.


“The big advantage of the d:screet™ 4060 mics is their tiny size – capsule and cable.”

“They were ideal for some extreme close-ups and other unusual perspectives where many other microphones simply wouldn’t fit,” David Kamp explains. “I’d had good experiences using them for stealth ambience recordings for a Korean city sound collection I made in Seoul last year, so I knew the sound quality would be excellent. The big advantage of the d:screet™ 4060 mics over other bigger condenser microphones is their tiny size – capsule and cable.”


Kamp’s Insects & Swarms collection began when he needed a sound effect of a long continuous wing buzz for a project he was working on and realised that his personal sound library did not cover this.




“I started exploring ways to synthesise those sounds from scratch with my modular synthesiser and after some experimenting I got what I needed,” he says. “But the process made me want to try to record real insects, starting with individual insects like flies, bees and so on. I wanted to turn this into an Insects & Swarms collection for Shapingwaves, so I had to do it properly. I set out to record many different insects – single ones and swarms – at different locations, and I also created more variations with a modular synth.”


“Recording flies require the most creativity because I had to get a lot of them in one place at the same time,” he explains. “I bought a small terrarium intended for reptiles and hung two d:screet™ 4060 Miniature Microphones, plus windscreen, in the centre of the lid. I then put around 100 fly pupae (bought at a reptile food shop) into the terrarium and waited a few days for them to hatch. I soon had a neat fly swarm in a box, buzzing away. I put the mics in place before the flies hatched so that they could be in the centre of the action without me having to deal with hundreds of potentially escaping flies in my studio. Once I had my recordings I set all the flies free in a nearby meadow –  no fly was harmed during the making of the collection!”


Kamp’s collection was recorded at 96 kHz with the microphones running into either a Sound Devices 633 or a Sonosax SX-R4+ recorder.


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