Peter Ølsted utilizes DPA mics to keep up with the show’s constantly-changing production needs
Recently making its television debut in the United States, Pop TV’s Swedish Dicks is a half-hour single-camera comedy following the new detectives as they solve some of the strangest and wildest cases LA has ever seen. To keep up with the show’s constantly-changing production needs and to capture the hilarious happenings, veteran Sound Mixer Peter Ølsted relied on a selection of DPA microphones.
In fact, Ølsted says that all production audio was recorded exclusively using the DPA mics. “I’ve been using DPA for over 20 years, and knew the mics’ reliability and versatility would make them a perfect choice for this type of production,” says Ølsted. “The show’s fast-paced shooting style and often last-minute changes meant I needed to be able to seamlessly mix from a lavalier mic, to a boom mic, to a plant mic. Having the same frequency response from every microphone in a scene made DPA my go-to manufacturer.”
For Swedish Dicks, Ølsted used a mix of DPA microphones, including the d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun, d:facto™ 4018 Supercardioid, d:screet™ 4098 Supercardioid, a d:facto™ Vocal and both the regular and slim versions of the d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional mic. The majority of the show is boomed with the d:dicate 4017. Ølsted also used the d:facto 4018 capsule along with DPA’s MMP-GS preamp accessory, as well as the d:screet 4098, for plant mics.
“My DPA’s really came in handy and excelled in relation to any competitor mic when we were filming car scenes”
“Hiding DPA’s is easier than any other mic I have tried,” adds Ølsted. “My DPA’s really came in handy and excelled in relation to any competitor mic when we were filming car scenes. I was able to place the directional mics in visors, headsets, the center console – wherever I needed! The 4098s with the 4018 capsule made the dialogue inside the cars sound better than ever before. We’ll never fully eliminate the acoustical properties of a car, but with DPA, capturing car conversations is no longer a hassle.”
According to Ølsted, DPA’s d:screet lavs are just that – discreet. “The noise usually traveling via the cable is almost eliminated with DPA’s – it’s incredible. The concealer mount for the d:screet series pretty much makes it a ‘set ’em and forget ’em’ kind of situation, which is ideal on this type of production. My d:screet mics live in the concealers and it’s extremely rare I have to use other mounting techniques. I just recently started using the button hole mounts on Swedish Dicks and the results were great.”
“I will definitely be using DPA on my future projects”
”In my mind, there really is no comparison. I always find myself returning to DPA after trying out other manufacturers’ microphones. I have not used any other mics with the same versatility and interaction capabilities between different models as I have with DPA. The natural sounding, flat frequency response every type of mic from DPA has, is incomparable in my opinion. I will definitely be using DPA on my future projects.”