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Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Roger Drego on Creating Fail-Proof Sound for Mega Live Events New!

In a session titled 'Performance Guarantee of Mega Scale Live Sound Projects', Roger Drego, Managing Director, Electrocraft, took to the stage at PALM Conference 2022 to share invaluable challenges and insights with regards to guaranteeing fail-proof sound reinforcement during showtime. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Bringing Futuristic AV Ideas To Life New!

MMRDA, responsible for promoting, monitoring, and developing various sectors in Maharashtra, including, but not limited to transport, housing, water supply and more, entrusted EYTE to revamp and upgrade Wadala Monorail Depot's Boardroom with state-of-the-art AV infrastructure. Abdul Waheed, Managing Director, EYTE Technologies Pvt Ltd, in conversation with PALM Technology, reveals how his team transformed the visage and acoustics of the boardroom and managed to execute the impossible feat in a matter of seven days. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Exploring the Dynamics of India's Pro AV market with Renkus-HeinzNew!

Renkus-Heinz is a professional loudspeaker company known for its innovative technology that redefines sound to empower its audience. PALM+AV-ICN got in touch with Karan Kathuria, Renkus-Heinz's Director of Sales and Business Development, Asia, Oceania and SAARC, to learn more about the company's plans for India and its strategy to stimulate growth across different verticals.read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

7 New Trends in AV Conferencing to look out for this year New!

From augmented meetings and interactive whiteboards to LED video walls and seamless acoustics - Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant at PALM AV-ICN, reports a comprehensive roundup of the biggest AV conferencing trends to keep an eye out for in 2022. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA 2021 Winners Felicitation New!

The IRAA 2021 winners were felicitated at the PALM expo on 28th May 2022 in the presence of Jury members. Check out the pics here. Nominations for IRAA 2022 close on 30th October so hurry and send in your nominations now! read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022 - Glimpses & HighlightsNew!

The PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022, held from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, witnessed 20,000+ unique visitors from the world of pro audio, display, lighting, and integration. Take a look at the three-day expo's glimpses. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

HARMAN Live Arena dazzles with a range of latest audio and lighting gearNew!

The HARMAN Live Arena one of the most popular demo features at the PALM Expo entered its 11th year. The Live Arena facilitates live demonstrations of advanced sound and lighting systems, through three-day live musical performances, featuring popular and budding artists and bands from the country's independent music scene.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

CAVS (Certified AV Specialist) Course returns for its second consecutive editionNew!

The ethos of CAVS is to provide an independent neutral education forum suited to Indian AV ecosystem to gain their commitment to a future career in AV as a technician and join an integration team on par. AV professionals in India were imparted basic knowledge of AV from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at the CAVS three-day training.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Conference & SeminarNew!

Curated by PALM AV-ICN magazine, the PALM Conference & Seminar was the optimum learning and networking platform for attendees, where the best talent and top-notch professionals from the country shared their expertise, skills and knowledge. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

High Quality Attendance At Palm & Av-Icn Expo 2022New!

The professional sound, professional display, professional lighting and integration market of importers, distributors, dealers and actual users congregated in full strength at the BEC, Mumbai, to witness the largest display of product range from top global brands, sourcing millions of dollars inventory for distribution and rental.... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA strikes an energetic progress path with new chiefNew!

K.J. Singh recording engineer of brave new-gen albums is a spirited veteran deeply involved with Indian recording arts and professionals. The entire jury of IRAA after years is now entirely fresh, newly appointed by KJ... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Attendees to PALM & AV-ICN Expo 2022New!

PALM AV-ICN 2022 proved to be far busier and well attended than expected. Who exactly attends and exhibits at India's foremost audio, lighting, and audiovisual technology expo? Read on for detailed breakdown of the attendee figures... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Chopra's Keynote Pushes For Indian Manufacturing, Indian BrandsNew!

The 20th PALM Convention Keynote address by Founding Director Anil Chopra gave a clarion call for major investment into manufacturing pro audio, pro lighting and pro AV hardware in India... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

What to expect from NEC at InfoComm India 2022New!

Joining PALM AV-ICN for a quick interview is Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, wherein he elaborates on the exciting products attendees will be able to witness at the NEC Booth E20 at InfoComm India... read more


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11 Questions with Kalle Hvidt Nielsen - CEO, DPA Microphones



Kalle Hvidt Nielsen - CEO, DPA Microphones


Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO at DPA Microphones since September 2016 gained extensive knowledge of developing cutting-edge technologies in audio, in his previous positions as CEO at Bang & Olufsen A/S and Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S. Here, he fields 11 questions on acquired legacies from these companies, milestones in DPA history, DPA’s relentless focus on innovation, business transformation and overall IP creation, the Indian pro-audio market and more.

1. DPA has been producing microphones for live sound, recording studio, film and broadcast and the company is especially known for miniaturization. Can you tell us a bit about this technology, what makes it unique, and which specific market segments is DPA targeting with the miniature mics?

DPA Microphones is a spinoff from the world’s largest sound measurement company, Brüel & Kjær, so our legacy is built upon extremely precise recording mics (pencil mics). In 2005, we merged with a sub supplier from the hearing aid industry. This cooperation gave us the necessary technology to shrink the form factor of our high-quality pencil mics while keeping the audio quality. The introduction of miniature mics that performs like high-end studio mics revolutionized the use of microphones in broadcast, film, theater, live and houses of worship.

2. What is your global standing in the professional microphone industry?

Microphones are a very small part of the cost of the full audio system - typically about 1% - yet it is critical for the performance and output of the entire system. More and more audio engineers understand that the most economical way of improving the sound system is to use the best mics possible. This way, the first part of the audio chain is reproduced clearly and in the highest possible quality. This drives our strong growth; we’re the supplier of the best performing microphones in the market used by top professionals.

3. What is the technology that makes DPA’s CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone an award-winning product? If you have to name one single component most responsible for vocal clarity in the mic what would it be?

The essential part of a DPA mic is the mic capsule, which captures tiny sound vibrations in the air and converts them into electric signals. For subminiature microphones like the 6066, these signals are extremely weak. This is why we have designed a unique amplifier technology called CORE by DPA technology that is inside the 6066 and many of our other miniature mics. This combination - the capsule and the amplifier - is what delivers the clear and undistorted sound coming from a 6066.

In addition to vocal clarity, the 6066 was developed to meet professional users’ greatest needs. Prior to the design phase, DPA talked to professional users in the theatre and broadcast industries to learn about their requirements. The entire design of the 6066 was based on the feedback collected and the understanding of the users’ pains, needs and wishes. Some key mechanical features of the 6066 are its unique 3-point gripping system, which softly yet firmly grips above, below and behind the ear for increased security as well as the novel boom attachment that lets users easily adjust and lock its placement without bending the boom.

4. How does DPA aim to change the live performance landscape with the 2028 Vocal Mic?

DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Mic has been around for some years and is used by top artists like Paul McCartney, Sting, Celine Dion and many others. The new 2028 Vocal Mic has many of the same qualities as the d:facto™ but at a more attainable price. With the 2028, we hope to enable more artists to have the same top-class sound experience.

5. Which product is DPA currently pushing most aggressively in the pro-audio market globally?

Actually, DPA does not push its products.

We believe that we have the best microphone solutions for most needs in the pro-audio market including live, house of worship, studio, broadcast, film and theater. Many audio professionals choose DPA microphones because they know our solutions are the best to meet their needs.

In addition, DPA puts a lot of effort into training and education. We believe that as sound engineers around the world learn more and more about how great audio is created; they will come to appreciate the amazing qualities of DPA microphone solutions even more. To help educate people, we have created a wide range of written and video content on subjects ranging from basic audio education to how to mic specific instruments. DPA’s Microphone  University, available on our website, is where we post this educational content.

6. What according to you are the three main milestones in terms of product development in the history of DPA?

1: The first pencil mics made based on the extremely accurate measuring mics from Brüel & Kjær brought the quality of pro audio mics to a completely new level.

2: The first miniature microphones introduced in 1998 that captured studio-like sound and could be worn on the body really made an indelible impact on the theatre world specifically and the entertainment industry in general.

3: The introduction of the miniature 4099 Instrument Mic combined studio-quality sound into a small form factor that led artist to close mic their instruments and enjoy more freedom to move around on stage.

Recent DPA history has given us another milestone:

4: The introduction of CORE by DPA technology that, while still new, has the possibility of taking the pro audio industry to new levels by eliminating distortion and enlarging the dynamic range of miniature mics, which is a massive benefit for all types of use.

7. Tell us a little about DPA’s production facility and the R&D process at DPA. How heavily is DPA invested into R&D and is there any other innovation that the market can expect to see from the company in the near future?

It requires extreme precision to manufacture a DPA microphone. Our miniature mics go through up to 200 production steps of which 90% are made under a microscope! The mics are tested 8-10 times before they even leave the factory. Creating consistent, accurate and durable mics in our factory requires special skills from the staff and a lot of training.

During the last three years, DPA has increased its investment in R&D and technology by a factor of three. We have introduced breakthroughs like CORE by DPA technology as well as designed amazing 3mm mics like the 6066 Subminiature Headset Mic. We will continue in this manner and further accelerate our R&D. We have a strong pipeline of innovations for the coming years.

8. As your growth would depend on more sales in developing countries like India, do you have a special strategy to increase your market share?

With India’s size and strong economic growth it will become an increasingly important market for DPA. We have a strong partner in Ansata Computer Systems locally in India, to help us get in front of Indian customers. We make frequent visits and training sessions locally to ensure we provide high-quality support and service to the customers.

9. What are the company’s short and long-term goals for the Indian market?

Our ambition is to have more people, in India as well as around the world, experience exceptional sound. We share best practices and continue to educate sound engineers in the latest knowledge and techniques for capturing sound. We are convinced that this will lead to higher use of top-quality mics like DPA microphones.

10. Can you tell us a little about The DPA Masters Club? How can the audio community in India avail of this opportunity and/or benefit from this?

The DPA Masters Club is a community of highly skilled, working sound engineers, who use DPA Microphones’ solutions in their daily work. These talented enthusiasts are willing to share their passion for DPA microphones with their colleagues and peers in the audio business. This is a major benefit for all the parties involved, including our customers in India, who can benefit from local sound engineers and their specific knowledge of DPA products as well as working with them in familiar environments.

11. What is your vision for DPA as a company for the next 5 years?

DPA will continue to be the most innovative supplier of state-of-the-art microphone technology and solutions for high-end audio professionals. We have the deepest knowledge in the industry, which we openly share and we are the natural go-to partner for any audio professional.

We want more people to experience exceptional sound.

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