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Microphone Masterclass

September 19 @ 11:00 - 18:00 MDT


In cooperation with our Canadian distributor GerrAudio Distribution, we would like you to join us for a full-day of learning, demoing, knowledge-sharing & networking with some of the biggest and best-known experts in sound design in the theater and live music industries.

The experts
Donal Hodgson (UK), Sound Engineer, Mixer, Pro Tools Expert

Donal Hodgson has more than 25 years of experience recording all types of music – from solo acoustic to rock, orchestral and electronica. He’ll be sharing knowledge and experience with miking and recording from his work with artists like Sting, Tina Turner, Arrested Development, Primal Scream, Duran Duran and many more.

In the last year, Donal has mixed an acoustic set for the Arctic Monkeys, recorded tracks with Mirwais for his second album, recorded new tracks with Richard Ashcroft and mixed Connie Talbots new album.

Michael Laird (CAN), Theatre Sound Designer

Michael Laird specializes in Sound Design for Musical Theater and his work has been heard throughout North America. In addition, Michael has mixed and performed RF duties on shows for various producers, including Mirvish Productions, DanCap, Musical Stage Company, and many others.

Selected Sound Design credits: John (Company Theatre); Seussical, Annie, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad (YPT); Joni Mitchell: River (The Grand Theatre); Onegin, Once On This Island (Musical Stage Company); West Side Story, Avenue Q, Romeo & Juliet, Spamalot! (Citadel Theatre); Great Expectations, Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Evil Dead: The Musical, Cannibal! The Musical (Starvox); A Beautiful View (da da kamera).

Bo Brinck (DK), Miking Expert, DPA Microphones

Bo Brinck has been working in the audio industry for many years, first as a musician and later as a miking expert and trainer at DPA Microphones. Bo will be explaining some audio and miking theory and demoing a wide range of microphones so that you can hear what you are learning.

The details

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

11:00 am to 6:00 pm (doors open at 10:30 am)


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
McMaster University

The program
Morning session:
DPA mics in general, speech intelligibility, bodyworn mics with Bo Brinck

Afternoon session:
Theatrical sound design with Michael Laird

Music/Instrument miking techniques recording/live with Donal Hodgson

Hands-on demonstration of music miking techniques with Bo Brinck and Donal Hodgson

This full-day masterclass will be full of fun as well as learning. The morning hours will be spent in the company of Bo Brinck. Bo will present some theoretical information about DPA mics and their usage, specific focus will be placed on ensuring clear vocals and high speech intelligibility. He will also present DPA’s product portfolio, including DPA’s miniature bodyworn microphones.

After a delicious catered lunch, Michael Laird and Donal Hodgson will be the special guests. Michael will be talking about his theatrical sound design experiences. Donal will take us through his special tips & tricks on live music / instrument miking before giving a hands-on demonstration of miking techniques together with Bo Brinck.

The day ends with a raffle of a d:vice™ LAVALIER KIT, the opportunity to network with attendees, the speakers and, of course, the hosts GerrAudio and DPA Microphones employees from Denmark as well as the US.

The extras
Delicious catering and afternoon coffee / snacks, a goodie bag with DPA swag and special sales offer.

Special offer
Those attending the World Tour in Hamilton can trade in their Shure, Sanken, Countryman or Sennheiser Miniature Microphone and receive $125 off towards the purchase of a DPA d:screet™ Miniature Microphone.

Seating is limited! Get your ticket now.

Practical information
The event takes place on campus at the LiveLab on the Second Floor of the Psychology Building. The building is located at the Corner of University Ave and College Ct – Room PC202A


September 19
11:00 - 18:00
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McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S Canada

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