Since its inception, the University of Saint Francis’ Music Department has prepared students for a professional career in the performing arts. As USF Music Department program director, chair and tonmeister, Miles Fulwider is passionate about music and giving his students the education and tools necessary to succeed. As USF’s 2018 performance season finished, Fulwider once again relied heavily on DPA Microphones for all of the department’s concerts and recordings.
Fulwider has used DPA microphones for over a decade on many different projects, including traditional orchestra and acoustic ensemble recordings, concerts and 3D immersive audio applications. “This year we used DPA mics for a couple of high-profile professional sessions,” says Fulwider. “Also, our music ensembles just finished up on their performance season, and DPA microphones were heavily used. From flying the microphones above our choir to miking the drum kit in our jazz ensemble, the microphones have become a welcome addition to our studio and stage equipment.”
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The USF inventory of DPA mics includes the d:dicate 4011 cardioid microphones, d:sign 4098 supercardioid gooseneck microphones, d:facto 4018 vocal microphones and d:vote 4099 instrument microphones.
In addition to the USF Music Department’s use of DPA mics, the school sponsored Jesters, a performing arts group composed of 80+ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ranging in age from 8 to senior citizen, which used DPA mics for its annual spring performance. “The venue [USF North Campus auditorium] where the Jesters performed had a number of factors to consider,” says Fulwider. “Working with the group, we were unable to use anything that was body-worn. We also kept the venue quite cool, so there was an increase in HVAC noise in the hall. We needed a solution that could not only be flown to capture the stage performance, but also maintain strong off-axis rejection to reduce the noise level and allow us to use adequate microphone amplification before potential feedback. We found that solution with DPA mics. I feel every recording session and concert can be enhanced greatly with DPA microphones.”