Neumann Miniature Clip Mic System takes the stage with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at the “NFL Honors” ceremony

ByShannon J. Cortes

Mar 30, 2022

Neumann Miniature Clip Mic System takes the stage with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at the “NFL Honors” ceremony

Neumann Miniature Clip Mic System takes the stage with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles during

UNITED STATES – As one of the events leading up to last month’s Super Bowl, “NFL Honors” honored several professional American football players and coaches for their performances during the 2021 football season. two-hour award, which aired Thursday, February 10 to millions of viewers on the ABC and ESPN+ television networks, featured the Inner City Youth Orchestra (ICYOLA) of Los Angeles for the duration of the show. ICYOLA’s performance also marked the US broadcast debut of Neumann.Berlin’s new Miniature Clip Mic system, which was used to capture orchestral instruments on stage.

According to Charles Dickerson, Executive Director and Conductor of ICYOLA, this is the first year the annual ceremony has featured a live orchestra for its music program, and the opportunity to perform came unexpectedly: “The producer called us out of the blue, told us he was aware of the work we had done over the years and told us that we were the orchestra he had chosen to play for. this event. When he invited us to participate, we told him that we would be honored to do so.” ICYOLA quickly began rehearsing John Williams’ “Superman March”, “Star Wars (main title)”, “Crown Imperial” by William Walton and Other Tracks “The music was very triumphant, and we performed it with exactly that kind of mindset,” says Dickerson.

Founded in 2009 with nine members, ICYOLA today has 120 members and is the largest predominantly African-American orchestra in America. Over its 12-year history, the orchestra has performed at many significant events in Los Angeles and across the country, including the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. Each of ICYOLA’s seasons ends with a special performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Dickerson says that the ages of the orchestra members range from 12 to 30, and that: “Most of them have to go away when they go to college. But when they come home, they often want to play with us again, so now the older ones mentor the younger ones.”

For the “NFL Honors” performance, the orchestra was made up of 54 musicians as they had to conform to the size of the stage. “We wanted to emphasize the brass, so we had five horns, four trumpets, a tuba, a percussion section and about half our normal string section,” says Dickerson. Veteran sound engineer Randy Faustino was called in to handle the broadcast mix and saw the performance as a perfect opportunity to try out the new Neumann Miniature Clip Mic system on each of the instruments. “Neumann sent 54 pickups from Germany and we ended up using them on all the horns and strings,” explains Faustino. Installation was quick and hassle-free: “We received the box of microphones and within an hour we were already getting levels.”

“Neumann’s miniature clip-on pickup system was wonderful to work with; the strings sounded warm and pleasing, and the horns sounded bright and clear,” says Faustino. “I didn’t have to even out the jitters I normally have when using other microphones, and the clips held each microphone in exactly the right position without any obstruction from the performers.” Auditioning a microphone, Faustino knows exactly what he’s listening to: “I want it to sound natural. We’ve used many other microphones in the past for this kind of application, but the miniature clip-on mic system was just better,” he said. .

While Faustino appreciates the sound of the new KK 14 capsule, he also appreciates the importance of the new microphone form factor and secure clip performance: “The pickups are securely mounted and will not scratch instruments or breathe by the performers. You don’t capture anything you didn’t want to hear.”

The new KK 14 cardioid capsule is capable of capturing the natural sound of a wide range of acoustic sources. Each of its eight key components is independently manufactured and assembled by hand. Its tonal consistency, combined with the innovative form factor of the miniature clip-on microphone system, means engineers can save time when setting up and EQing. With a self-noise of only 23 dBA and an extremely high maximum sound level of 153 dB SPL, the KK 14 is able to deliver optimum results from very quiet and very loud instruments.

For Dickerson and the orchestra, one of the best attributes of the miniature clip microphone system was that they weren’t noticeable. “Our job is to make music, and those responsible for reproducing the sound did it perfectly. The sound engineer and the equipment he used, including these incredible microphones, made a great work to improve our sound, and virtually without notice to musicians,” says Dickerson. “We are so grateful for both the microphones used and the professionals who put it all together.”

After the performance, Dickerson was able to listen to the streamed mix and was pleased with the results: “Randy was able to record all of these instruments individually and balance it all out into a cohesive sound. Since then, I’ve probably watched it. 20 times . How did that sound? I don’t think it could have sounded better!” As for Faustino’s first experience with the new Neumann Miniature Mic Clip System for a live event broadcast to millions of people, he was confident from the start: “I knew Neumann would pull through and that we were in between good hands.”

March 30, 2022