Alpha Sound Selects DPA for Famed Cathedral AV Overhaul

Date: 21/04/2021
Alpha Sound Selects DPA for Famed Cathedral AV Overhaul

St. Mary’s Cathedral is one of the most popular and beautiful Catholic churches in the Portland area. It serves as its parish’s diocese, hosting weekly masses, services and sometimes daily visits for a large, devoted congregation. The church needed to ensure its audio-visual equipment could convey its important messages in a smooth, intelligible manner—something that was previously lacking due its domed cathedral and marble walls. When it came time for an AV upgrade, St. Mary’s turned to Alpha Sound, a leading AV installer in the Pacific Northwest. With 40 years’ experience, the Alpha Sound team was ready to tackle the live acoustical issues at the cathedral while also choosing equipment that would not impede the church’s elegant décor. To accomplish this, the installer selected more than 20 mics from DPA Microphones, the largest DPA install to-date in the area.

Everything about this space is elegant and high-end,” says Devin Sheets, lead engineer, Alpha Sound. They have gone to great lengths to beautify the space, and we wanted microphones that would complement the aesthestics of the church. The placement was also crucial, as they did not want any microphone stands regularly in the way.”

Built in 1925, St. Mary’s Cathedral has experienced concerns with its congregates not being able to clearly understand spoken word and the music portions of services due to the reverberant acoustics in the church. This also affected the livestreams of services, which have become an integral part of its offerings since the start of the pandemic. With these challenges, it was critical to choose mics that perform well, yet fade into the background to allow for the live masses and services to shine. Included among the many DPA mics at St. Mary’s are 4097 and 4098 goosenecks, 4099 instrument mics and 4080 miniatures, along with 4006C and 4011F pencil mics.

In addition to eliminating the need for stands on a regular basis, there was an immediate requirement to solve the intelligibility issues both in the room and for the livestream,” continues Sheets. The space is very reverberant, so we needed microphones that would sound as natural and clean as possible. This way, we could ensure that we were not compounding the inherent difficulties of the acoustics. There are also several fill speakers nearby, which frustrates the ability to achieve gain from the presenter microphones as they move about the venue. The DPA 4098 Gooseneck Podium Microphone and the DPA 4080 Miniature Cardioid Lavaliers are absolutely astonishing in terms of inherent gain before feedback. For the livestream, having dedicated pairs of microphones for the piano, organs and choir really help to clear up the sound when combined with the 4006C ambient mics in the center of the room to pick up audience responses.”

Alpha Sound also selected eight DPA 4097 CORE Micro Gooseneck Microphones hanging from the ceiling above the choir and above the front and rear organs, supported by a pair of DPA 4006C Omnidirectional mics for ambience. This setup gave the church the audio solutions it needed without sacrificing the visual appeal. The team also installed four DPA 4011F Cardioid Capsules on MMP-F Modular Active Booms and two 4011C mics on short stands for various special events where the choir changes and instruments were added. Two DPA 4099P Piano Microphones were also selected. The 4099P mics can be left inside the piano when the lid is closed for storage, eliminating the need to set the mics back up before each use.

DPA was initially chosen because of its impressive performance in past Alpha Sound installations. “Going this heavy with DPA was a really big step for our company; it means the brand really impressed us,” says Sheets. “We previously used DPA microphones with incredible results. The sonic quality really stuck in our minds. That, combined with the industry name recognition, made it obvious that we should be moving in the direction of DPA for our high-end clientele. The DPA 4098 Gooseneck Microphone was so impressive in a prior install that we amended the St. Mary’s quote to include this mic.”

The DPA microphones also work seamlessly with the rest of the equipment Alpha Sound selected, which includes a Dante-enabled network with a Yamaha MRX7-D processor to ensure day-to-day operations perform without skipping a beat. A custom-decorated Nexo line array speaker system was additionally installed in the open air high above to enable maximum sound quality in what the team dubbed, “a difficult acoustic space for amplification.”

“In our opinion, you can’t buy better than DPA,” says Sheets. “People all around the world respect the brand and we know that it’s good. We’ve experienced the mics and we love them.”



Tags: DPA Microphones | AV installation | instrument mics
Submitted by Nicole Rosen (D. Pagan Communications)
View author's directory page

Related Interviews
  • DPA Microphones at NAB 2015

    DPA Microphones at NAB 2015

  • DPA Microphones at NAB 2014

    DPA Microphones at NAB 2014

  • DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

    DPA Microphones and Bubblebee Industries at BVE 2014

  • DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

    DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

  • DPA Microphones at NAB 2013

    DPA Microphones at NAB 2013

  • DPA Microphones at NAB 2012

    DPA Microphones at NAB 2012


Related Shows
  • KitPlus Summarise the Broadcast and Pro Video News 12th Oct 2020

    KitPlus Summarise the Broadcast and Pro Video News 12th Oct 2020


Related Articles
  • How to choose the right broadcast microphone

    How to choose the right broadcast microphone


News
Calrec exclusively partners with Protel in New Zealand Posted: 29/06/2022
Calrec exclusively partners with Protel in New Zealand

Calrec, a leading designer and supplier of broadcast audio mixing consoles and equipment, has announced Protel as its exclusive technology partner and distributor in New Zealand.

Tags: audio | audio networking | AoIP | new zealand | audio consoles
Submitted by Jump PR
More from this author
MovieLabs Launches 2030 Showcase Program to Help Advance Strategic Growth in the Media and Entertainment Industry Posted: 29/06/2022
MovieLabs Launches 2030 Showcase Program to Help Advance Strategic Growth in the M and amp;E Industry

MovieLabs, the technology joint venture of the major Hollywood motion picture studios, has launched the 2030 Showcase Program to recognize organizations in the Media & Entertainment industry that are applying emerging cloud and production technologies to advance the industry in reinventing the media creation ecosystem and to help realize the MovieLabs 2030 Vision and its goals of enhanced efficiency and interoperability.

Tags: Showcase | IBC | strategic growth
Submitted by PRComs
More from this author
ShotDeck Recreations Contest Returns Posted: 28/06/2022
ShotDeck Recreations Contest Returns

Bigger competition. Bigger bragging rights. Bigger prizes.

The ShotDeck™ Recreations contest returns July 1 through July 31, 2022.

Tags: cinematography | cinematographer | cinema | shot | color | contest | lawrence sher | ASC | ASC cinematographer
Submitted by Lewis Communications
More from this author
TWIST IST Ties the Knot With JVC Professional Video Posted: 28/06/2022
TWIST IST Ties the Knot With JVC Professional Video

GY-HC900 and KY-PZ100 PTZ CONNECTED CAM™ Cameras Provide Flexible, High-quality Solutions for Integration at New Wedding Facility

Tags: JVC Professional Video | PTZ Camera | Integration Solutions
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
More from this author
IBC2022 Announces Headline Speakers and New Content Initiatives as Excitement Builds Around Live Return Posted: 28/06/2022
IBC2022 Announces Headline Speakers and New Content Initiatives as Excitement Builds Around Live Return

With IBC Show set to return to the RAI Amsterdam this September after two years of virtual formats, IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) today announces a world-class line-up of headline speakers and a partnership-led approach to bringing more innovative content to the show and driving new advances across the media, entertainment and technology industry.

Tags: IBC2022
Submitted by Platform Comms
More from this author
Ikegami Europe Announces Unicam UHK-X750 4K-UHD HDR Studio Camera Posted: 28/06/2022
Ikegami Europe Announces Unicam UHK-X750 4K-UHD HDR Studio Camera

Ikegami Electronics (Europe) announces a major addition to its range of broadcast production cameras. Introduced at the April 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas and now confirmed for the EAME market, the UHK-X750 is a full studio/OB camera optimised for fixed-mount operation on a pedestal or tripod. Integrated into a robust metal housing designed to ensure extreme ruggedness, it includes high frame-rate capture for slow motion applications, global shutter sensors and versatile connectivity.

"The UHK-X750 is intended for production studios and outside broadcast service providers seeking high mastering quality to maximise the commercial longevity of their productions," comments Ikegami Electronics (Europe) Broadcast & Professional Video Division manager Michael Lätzsch. "It offers all the advanced capabilities of Ikegami's flagship Unicam UHK-X700 except for those that apply to portable shoulder operation. Distinguishing elements of the UHK-X750 include a lower centre-of-gravity and easier staging compared to a portable camera."

Tags: Ikegami Electronics | broadcast cameras | 4K HDR video monitors | optical camera links | medical imaging equipment | 4K hybrid base station | 4K EFP cameras | 4K studio cameras | 8K EFP cameras | 8K studio cameras | optical camera links | IP camera links | CCUs | OB v
Submitted by Stylus Media Communications
More from this author
Mo-Sys announces new StarTracker Mini and StarTracker Max as company reveals exciting new development path Posted: 28/06/2022
Mo-Sys announces new StarTracker Mini and StarTracker Max as company reveals exciting new development path

Mo-Sys Engineering, a world leader in Virtual Production solutions, remote production and image robotics, has today announced plans to introduce two new StarTracker products together with an innovative exchange programme. The introduction of StarTracker Mini will expand the Mo-Sys range, increasing its market reach to a new generation of Virtual Production creators, while StarTracker Max enables Mo-Sys to bring forward its improved camera tracking technology for professional broadcast and cinematic use.

Tags: StarTracker | StarTracker Mini | StarTracker Max | Camera Tracking | Streaming | YouTube | Virtual Production | Broadcast | Cinematography | Professional Tracking | Tracking technology
Submitted by Manor Marketing
More from this author
Top Honor for Women in Media WIM + ZEISS Altitude Awards Goes to Eszter Csepeli, HCA Posted: 28/06/2022
Top Honor for Women in Media WIM + ZEISS Altitude Awards Goes to Eszter Csepeli, HCA

ZEISS hosted the Women in Media WIM + ZEISS Altitude Awards Ceremony on June 9 to celebrate the recipients of the prestigious annual honors. Held at Cine Gear Expo in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the air was thick with anticipation as the auditorium filled with nominees, WIM members, and guests.

Tags: Zeiss | lenses | optics | cinema optics | resolution | frame rate | shutter speed | aperture adjustment | autofocus | broadcast | film | video | film | television | production | streaming | cinematographers | videographers | cinematography | filmmaking | ASC | director of pho
Submitted by Lewis Communications
More from this author
Professional Tiffen Filters for DJI Mini 3 Pro Drone Posted: 27/06/2022
Professional Tiffen Filters for DJI Mini 3 Pro Drone

Tiffen’s 3-Filter Neutral Density Kit for the DJI Mini 3 Pro offers a simple professional method of controlling the lighting conditions while operating this popular drone. Using Tiffen’s lightweight filters helps manage the camera aperture for ideal exposure without color shift.

Tags: Lighting | local 728 | lighting design | light | cinematography | digital cinematography | director of photography | cinema | commercial | music video | phosphor lighting | led | lightbridge | pipelines | area 48 | Lumix S1H | reflector | cine | production | Force 7
Submitted by Lewis Communications
More from this author
CIO Once Again Adds Cobalt Iron to Its List of 10 Best Cyber Security Companies Posted: 24/06/2022
CIO Once Again Adds Cobalt Iron to Its List of 10 Best Cyber Security Companies

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that for the second year in a row it has been named one of CIO's 10 Best Cyber Security Companies of 2022. This distinction is thanks to the Cobalt Iron Compass® enterprise SaaS backup platform, which delivers intelligent data backup at massive scale while making the backup infrastructure impervious to cyberattacks.

Tags: Cobalt Iron Compass | Cyber Security
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
More from this author
KILOVIEW Expands its NDI Ecosystem for Supporting End-to-End IP Video Transmission and Production Posted: 24/06/2022
KILOVIEW Expands its NDI Ecosystem for Supporting  End-to-End IP Video Transmission and Production

KILOVIEW is expanding its family of Network Device Interfacem(NDI)-compliant solutions with the introduction of its new NDI Recorder, which joins the company’s growing ecosystem of IP-based hardware and software video encoding, decoding, conversion, switching and streaming technologies.

Tags: kiloview | ndi | core | recorder | encoders | decoders
Submitted by
More from this author
Broadcast Pix Mixes Future Technology with the Past for Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean Posted: 24/06/2022
Broadcast Pix Mixes Future Technology with the Past  for Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean

The Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean has built its reputation by combining historical exhibits with social commentary to tell the story of this rich basin of civilization. The Museum recently enhanced its storytelling capabilities with the addition of a Broadcast PixMX Hybrid Integrated Production Solution.

Tags: broadcast pix | ip | gx hybrid | software | streaming | museum | MUCEUM | france
Submitted by
More from this author
Clear-Com Sponsors AVIXA Women Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2022 Posted: 24/06/2022
Clear-Com Sponsors AVIXA Women and rsquo;s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2022

Clear-Com®, a global leader in voice communications systems, was a first-time sponsor of the popular annual AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at the InfoComm 2022 trade show. A long-time supporter of Rise, a group promoting gender diversity within the Broadcast and media technology industry, Clear-Com is now adding their support to the AVIXA Women’s Council, focused on supporting women in the professional AV industry.

Tags: clear-com | arcadia | avixa | infocomm
Submitted by
More from this author
Imperfections Make the Perfect Addition to Maxon Capsules Posted: 24/06/2022
Imperfections Make the Perfect Addition to Maxon Capsules

As part of the company’s continuing effort to add value to its subscription offerings, Maxon is pleased to announce the addition of 50+ 4K premium tiled textures to the Maxon Capsules collection, designed to bring photorealism to artists’ renderings by adding minor flaws to the surfaces of 3D objects. The greyscale maps feature a mix of scratches, dust specs, smudges, fingerprints, hairs, residue, isolated fingerprints, all scanned from real surfaces and meticulously tiled. The Surface Imperfections Volume 1 texture library was created by David Gruwier and has been licensed by Maxon for immediate royalty-free use by all Cinema 4D and Maxon One subscribers.

Tags: Maxon | Maxon Capsules | Cinema 4D | Surface Imperfections | VFX
Submitted by Zazil Media Group
More from this author
Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 Posted: 24/06/2022
Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 includes an adjustable touchscreen screen for easier framing of shots, a larger battery for longer shooting without needing to charge or change batteries, as well as support for an optional electronic viewfinder. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 has the latest Blackmagic generation 5 color science and retains the popular cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO and EF lens mount from the previous model.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Announcement | camera
Submitted by Blackmagic Design
More from this author
Pages:   [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 > >>