DPA Microphones Capture Rocket Launch

Mar 18, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Florida-based audio engineer Gary Faller had a unique project: to rig a pair of large-diaphragm DPA 4041 stereo mics on the roof of the U.S. Air Force Hangar AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., to capture the sound of a Delta Rocket as it streaks into space to launch a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite.

The launch of GPS II-R was broadcast from a TV truck where Faller had to integrate a mix of network feeds, weather balloon reports, launch team dialog and the sounds from the rocket.

To accurately mike the sounds of the rocket from launch pad to the overhead track until it was out of listening distance, Faller depended on the DPA 4041S stereo pair into the HMA4000 130-volt power supply/preamp. The signal was then fed into a CD burner, which was then fed to a Mackie Console to cross-fade between the launch pad mic and the DPA mics—after the first mic had been destroyed by the blast impact.

To get this done with the highest audio quality under the circumstances, Faller used the DPA 3532S Mic Kit with A-B bar, windscreens and all of the accessories required for EFP applications. Describing the kit as “the ultimate way to go,” Faller added, “DPA basically gives you everything you need, and the mics had more than enough headroom to let me capture the sound accurately with the right balance and impact.

For further information, refer to DPA's Website at www.dpamicrophones.com.

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