Oscar orchestra relies on DPA

The 86th Annual Academy Awards’ orchestra performed remotely from Capitol Records on Sunday 2 March.

Since the piano was positioned among the noisy percussion instruments, the show’s orchestra mixer Tommy Vicari and orchestra setup coordinator Dan Vicari needed a way to isolate its sound. To accomplish this for the piano, the duo used a combination of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Microphones and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones. They also positioned a pair of d:dicate 4011E Hanging Microphones for the orchestra’s drum kit.

By using the unique combination of d:dicate 4011As and d:vote 4099s, the duo was able to close the lid of the Steinway Grand Piano, giving live and television audience members a full appreciation of the pristine instrument’s sound during the different presenters’ entrances, transitions, and other musical performances throughout the event. An additional pair of d:dicate 4011Es were also applied as overheads for the drums, which allowed them to pick up the full ambiance of the kit.