Dan in Reality Life

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Above: Daniel McCoy booming Kesha on the set of Rising Star.

LOS ANGELES, JULY 8, 2014 – When Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, scored the sound supervisor role for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, he knew he would need an innovative miking solution to support the performances. In addition to his tried-and-trusted d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun Mic from DPA Microphones, McCoy also relies on his new DPA d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.

With behind-the-scenes competitor interviews, commentary from host Josh Groban and mentoring from the likes of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, Rising Star incorporates significant moments of dialogue in addition to the performances. In order to account for the show’s various ENG and reality needs, McCoy simultaneously uses the d:dicate 4017 and d:screet 4061s to give the post production team the ultimate choice in audio dynamics.

Using the d:screet 4061s with the Wisycom transmitters is a first for McCoy, a long-time enthusiast of DPA Microphones. New York-based Gotham Sound supplied the one dozen d:screets and beltpacks for Rising Star. McCoy chose the d:screet 4061 because it has a lower sensitivity and can handle 144dB SPL, which allows him to avoid distortion on the powerful singing voices. In addition, post requires vibrant-sounding mics that can be concealed, and DPA was the perfect solution.

Continued after the jump.

Gotham Sound Atlanta Grand Opening!


Special thanks to Janice Burley-Black from the Georgia Department of Labor and Klaus Kleber from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for helping with the ribbon cutting!

Gotham Sound Atlanta has its grand opening today! Come visit us at 500 Bishop St. NW! Take the second entrance around the back of the complex to find us in the corner in Suite F-5.

We'll be open special hours during opening week with casual drop-in evenings for you to meet the team and enjoy some light food and drink. The hours will be Wed, June 25th - Fri, June 27th from 9am to 7pm with Meet & Greet 4-7pm; Sat, June 28th, 10am to 5pm (Meet & Greet all day); and Sun, June 29th (Meet & Greet all day).

We'll also have prizes to give away all week:

  • Wednesday 6/25 - Sony Headphones
  • Thursday 6/26 - Sennheiser Wireless
  • Friday 6/27 - Boom Pole
  • Saturday 6/28 - $500 Gift Certificate
  • Sunday 6/29 - $500 Gift Certificate

Drop by the store for your chance to win!

Gotham Sound Atlanta's regular hours will be 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Call (404) 855-2255, or email [email protected] to get in touch and let us know what we can do to help support your next production!

Gotham Sound Atlanta Opens 6/25!

ATLANTA, GA — Gotham Sound Atlanta opens June 25th, 2014, bringing the customer service you've come to expect from us to Georgia, with complete sales, rentals, communications, & service departments!

The new space will be located at 500 Bishop St. NW, Suite F5, Atlanta, GA 30318! Once we're open (that's June 25th!), you can drop by the store, call (404) 855-2255, or email [email protected] to get in touch! We're honored to be serving the Atlanta area sound community more directly and hope to see you there!

We'll be open special hours during opening week with casual drop-in evenings for you to meet the team and enjoy some light food and drink. The hours will be Wed, June 25th - Fri, June 27th from 9am to 7pm with Meet & Greet 4-7pm; Sat, June 28th, 10am to 5pm (Meet & Greet all day); and Sun, June 29th (Meet & Greet all day).

More info below the jump!

Comedians in Cars Getting Wired

Suppose you have a certain high profile talent who has a kooky idea for a show. He wants to take classic cars, pick ­up other high profile talent, drive them around the city (stopping at various locations), treat them to coffee, and drive them back home – all while seamlessly recording their entire conversation, without having a sound person present in the car as it zips around New York.

What would you do?

This is exactly the scenario presented to Gotham when director Jojo Pennebaker called us in 2012 about Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The stipulations were that it had to be seamless, it had to be unobtrusive, and there had to be total coverage – with no retakes. Lucky for us, Zaxcom wireless provide a unique feature set that allowed us to accomplish exactly this.

Marty Kelly specced a system that would allow for the above reliably, and with minimal fuss. Stationed in a follow­car with a Sound Devices 744t, Marty used Zaxcom TRX900 transmitters for the talent lavs – ensuring that even if the follow-­car were to get separated from the main talent, the on­board recording function of the Zaxcom transmitters would ensure that recording continued undisturbed. Another sound mixer, with another Sound Devices 744t and redundant RX900 receivers was stationed at the final destination – again, ensuring that should the follow-­car become separated, a reliable and faultless recording solution could proceed as planned when talent arrived at the new location. In this way, thanks to the on­board recording feature of the Zaxcom TRX900 wireless, we were able to provide our client with the solution they were looking for.

So the next time you're presented with an audio problem that seems impossible, be sure to call Gotham! We have the gear and the expertise to cater a unique solution to any recording challenge.

No matter how daunting the task may seem, we've got you covered.

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This does not constitute an endorsement by Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee or Sony Pictures Television.

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