DPA Microphones captures extreme sound effects for Baby Driver

Sound designer and composer Watson Wu created the best sound effects for the action film with his DPA Microphones

Since 2001, sound designer/composer Watson Wu has been creating award-winning content for video games, film, TV and ads.

For his latest project, the crime film thriller Baby Driver, Wu used two DPA d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphones to record the car’s engine compartments and on-board sounds. He also used one d:dedicate 4017B Shotgun Microphone for the external sounds of the car.

“On Baby Driver, I used the d:screet 4016 to capture full frequency and bold sounds,” Wu said. “The discreet 4061 captures a lot of bottom ends, which gives that aggressive sound that I want. They can be extended to hundreds of feet long with the extension MicroDot cables. It is a fantastic microphone.”

For the on-board sounds, he sat in the front passenger seat next to a professional driver, with the microphones routed to his Sound Devices 788T-SSD recorder on his lap. The d:screet 4061s were mounted inside a Rycote Mini Windjammer and with the help of gaffer tape, they were strapped to a firewall, allowing for the hood to be closed. Wu recorded up to eight sounds simultaneously, including the vehicle’s stereo system, outside next to the exhaust pipes and passenger areas.

“The tiny d:screet 4061’s gave me a lot of bass response and high frequency that I needed,” he continued. “They kept performing despite the hot Atlanta summer weather and the hot engine compartment.

“My DPA mics were very consistent with the overall sounds throughout the multiple days of the recording sessions. We literally killed three cars with how hard we ran them but despite the heat and abuse, the DPAs kept working with no problems.”

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