11.21.2007 02:16 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
DPA upgrades in-house studio

Danish manufacturer DPA Microphones has upgraded its in-house studio with a Pyramix Virtual Studio digital audio workstation and three Digital Audio Denmark/Merging Sphynx 2 eight-channel audio converter systems. DPA prides itself on maintaining a state-of-the-art facility, enabling the company to test its mics under the most exacting acoustic conditions. The studio is also increasingly in demand as a commercial facility, carving out a niche for piano overdubs courtesy of DPA’s Bösendorfer grand piano.

The upgrade to the Pyramix/DAD setup allows DPA product specialist Mikkel Nymand to make 24-channel test recordings in the DXD (Digital Extreme Definition) format, which produces a resolution 8X better than CD quality. The rig has been mounted in a wheeled rack, allowing easy transportation for location recording.

“Pyramix is the one of the only workstations available that enables recording and editing in DXD, allowing us to hear the differences in our microphones so much better,” Nymand said. “The DAD AX24/Merging Sphynx 2s are front-end devices importing the mic signal directly into the Pyramix via MADI. This combined technology has allowed us to get much closer to the analog source, so we can really hear what the mics are picking up.”

DPA is currently working on an SACD project of grand piano recordings using different combinations of DPA mics, as well as a demo DVD of surround recordings made in various performance spaces and cathedrals, also for demo purposes.

For more information, visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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