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David Harcombe tests the DPA d:screet™ Heavy Duty 4061 Mic in river water

Sound Recordist Takes DPA Heavy Duty 4061 Mic into River Water

British sound recordist David Harcombe has tailored an reputation as an extreme sound recordist, working extensively for Discovery recording in locations all over the world including Ghana and Siberia. Harcombe has some pretty extreme projects coming up, including working with Bear Grylls, and being curious about the durability of the new DPA Heavy Duty 4061 lavalier microphone, rigged himself with one before taking a dive into a reservoir in West London to test it out.

In his video demonstration, David explains, “What I’m trying to find out is how the water clears out from the capsule, because that’s the thing that always (kinda) kills us…”, before submerging himself and the heavy duty microphone in the river water in a reservoir in West London. The result when he comes back up is quite surprising. Watch the video below to find out how the DPA microphone performs in extreme conditions after being fully submerged in river water.

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Filmed and produced by Nicely Wrapped Films, a London based, BAFTA winning production company.

More on the DPA d:screet™ 4061 Heavy Duty mic: here.

DPA d:screet™ 4061 Heavy Duty Microphone

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to point out that DPA do not state that the d:screet™ Heavy Duty miniature mics are “waterproof”. While they are resistant to water damage if cleaned and dried afterwards, continual exposure to or submersion in water is not recommended and may shorten the lifespan of the capsule.

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