DPA Microphones Hits the Road with Counting Cars

Sound Mixer for popular reality show on History network uses company’s d:screet™ 4063 Miniature Microphones

LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – Rado Stefanov, sound mixer for Counting Cars, a spin-off of the popular Pawn Stars program, has taken a unique approach to reality show recording and sound mixing. Instead of using a traditional boom technique, he relies on DPA Microphones’d:screet 4063 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones for both talent and ambient sound recording. Airing on the History network, Counting Cars chronicles the daily activities of Danny “The Count” Koker and his team at Count’s Kustoms, a car and motorcycle restoration and customization company in Las Vegas.

Image placeholder title

The show is typically shot in some pretty unique locations, such as the middle of the Nevada desert, where Danny test drives vehicles, or in his paint shop, where the staff spray paints them, making sound mixing pretty challenging. The traditional booming applications just wouldn’t suffice for this production as the mics would end up caked with paint or the action van would be unable to keep up with the speed of the vehicles. Stefanov’s “no booming” approach to mixing, which consists of the DPA d:screet 4063s and Zaxcom wireless transmitters and recorders, has proven to be the ultimate solution.

“The DPA miniatures sound exactly like boom mics with the added advantage that I can plant them directly on the talent or vehicles’ engines and interiors,” says Stefanov. “This is especially helpful during the test drive scenes as I can not only record the dialogue of the driver and passenger, but also the hum and roar of the muscle cars or motorcycles that are on set. The main advantage of the DPA mics is that they have a high SPL, which means they can handle extremely loud sound sources and won’t distort when we go from very low dialogue to very noisy car and bike sounds.”

Due to Stefanov’s miking style, digital wireless capabilities are also essential to this production. “A lot of other mics have connection problems with my Zaxcom digital wireless system, but not the DPA d:screets,” he adds. “DPA has an adapter that fits perfectly with my existing setup, so I don’t have to deal with rewiring the mics all the time, which allows me to focus all my attention on creating the perfect mix. It also helps the directors and camera crew, because I’m situated off the set and out of the way of their shot. I can’t think of a better way to record this show than with the DPA d:screets.”

Image placeholder title

Since Counting Cars has such a distinct theme, the show also features some rather interesting sets. In one scene, the team might be in the shop building, buffing and painting the cars while in another, you may find Koker racing down the Nevada desert in the middle of the summer.

“Perhaps the best thing about the DPA mics is their ability to withstand the extreme conditions of our set,” continues Stefanov. “Not only do these mics continue to hold up to the heat, but they are the only mics that can be opened and cleaned to remove the paint and dust particles, from the desert, high-velocity sprayers and metal fabrication. This is especially ideal for the unique conditions of this show as it ensures the longevity of the life of my microphones.”

Image placeholder title

Currently in production for the next season, Counting Cars is produced by Leftfield Productions for ITV Studios, the production arm of ITV, plc, a Britain-based broadcaster. The show got its start after Koker, star of the show and owner of Count’s Kustoms, appeared on several episodes of Pawn Stars. The show’s supporting cast of characters/employees includes Kevin Mack, Koker’s best friend and right-hand man; “Horny Mike,” the shop’s airbrush artist with a knack for putting horns on everything; and Big Ryan, Koker’s nearly seven-foot tall project scout who is not to be confused with painter Ryan Evans; among others.


DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.


Image placeholder title

Mistresses Has a Love Affair with DPA Microphones

ABC’s Mistresses is a primetime soap opera starring Alyssa Milano that is based on the lives of four girlfriends living in Hollywood who are involved in an array of illicit and complex relationships, but it is the show’s miking solution that is far from complicated. A longtime DPA Microphones user, Sound Mixer Joe Michalski relies on the company’s d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun Mic in conjunction with several d:screet™ 4071 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics to achieve a pristine sound that requires almost no editing in post.

Image placeholder title

DPA Microphones Has a Laugh with Conan O’Brien

Every night, comedian Conan O’Brien entertains a television and studio audience with monologues, comedy skits, guests interviews and musical performances on his late night TBS show, aptly self-titled Conan. To ensure the audience never misses the punch line, Mike Stock, senior audio mixer for the show, depends on DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones which he uses on O’Brien, his sidekick Andy Richter and their guests, to overcome the sound challenges on set.

DPA Microphones Keeps Pace with Dancing With the Stars

Capturing pre-recorded materials for a fast-paced reality production, like the 20th anniversary season of Dancing With the Stars (DWTS), is never short of challenging. When Production Sound Mixer/Supervisor Daniel McCoy, CAS, owner of California-based audio production company ToneMesa, Inc., was given the task, he turned to DPA Microphones. Calling on 28 Heavy Duty d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, one of the first applications in the U.S., and his tried and trusted d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Microphones, McCoy utilized the mics to record the audio seamlessly amidst the contestants’ frenetic pace during rehearsals, a critical component of the show’s broadcast, which ended its season on May 20.