Sound Mixer Felipe “Flip” Borrero Turns to DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ 4161 Slim and Heavy Duty Omnidirectional Microphones to Solve Unique Audio Challenge.
Award-winning and Emmy-nominated (OZARK Season 2), veteran Sound Mixer Felipe “Flip” Borrero, CAS, has experienced many audio challenges in his 40-plus-year career working on countless movies and television shows. But, there’s always a first for everything. The sound mixer was recently tasked with finding the right mic solution for the title character in the blockbuster film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, that would not only provide an ideal audio solution but would also conceal perfectly within the character’s costume and not be obstructed. Flip and his team found what they were looking for with DPA Microphones’ d:screet™4161 Slim and Heavy Duty Omnidirectional Microphones.
“The Spider-Man costume was designed to tightly wrap around [lead actor] Tom Holland’s body and face, which made it very difficult to mic him,” Flip explains. “My sound utility for the project, Tyler Blythe, conducted diligent research and found the DPA d:screet™ 4161, which we integrated into Holland’s helmet. Strips of mold skin were used to tape the cable of the microphone down the side of the mask into his suit and attached to a tiny Lectrosonics SSM transmitter sitting in the small of his back. The result was fantastic. It is the most natural-sounding mic I’ve ever used and needed very little additional color.”
In addition, Flip finds his DPA mics to be extremely reliable in all types of outdoor conditions. “My DPA mics hold up remarkably well in wet scenes,” he says. “I have used them in 100-degree humid Atlanta summers, in the rain and on cold winter nights with temperatures well-below freezing. They almost never fail me, and you can’t ask for anything more. They are an integral part of my audio recording workflow with my booms, which means less worrying about phasing or proximity. I am very happy with my results using DPA lavalier mics. “In my experience, there are no other microphones that can compare to my DPAs. These mics are the way to go, and I’m excited to use the brand on future projects.”