Tom Hooper asked me for a guarantee that if he went live he would not have to ADR for sound quality.
I do not think i could have given him that guarantee without knowing i could use DPA's.
This is because of the seriously high SPL's those Lav's can handle.
Sure i could have got some low sensitivity lavs from another manufacturer but i have not found any
that would then be able to be sensitive enough for a whispered line.
There may be some on the market but i haven't heard any (yet).I am yet to listen to Sennheiser's newer lavs.
During "I dreamed a dream" by Annie and "What have i done" by Hugh i recorded the most extreme SPL changes
in my career which changed from take to take as the actor saw fit.
They went from almost a 'breathed' whisper to the loudest prolonged level a human voice can deliver from line to line.
I also couldn't use limiters to cheat and bring the whispers up by hitting the limiters on the loud pieces,but to be frank all the lavs i have experience of would have cracked off in the capsule.What i learned about the differences between someone shouting loudly in an action scene and someone holding a prolonged note at a high SPL during a song is that where a lav may get away with a very loud quick peak on a syllable during a shout,a prolonged note will expose a square wave far more readily.
Of course there was far more to mixing the film than choosing the right lavaliers but the choice was critical because a square wave at the capsule would have sunk us no matter how organised and transparent the rest of the chain was.
A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.
But,by the same token we could have been sunk by multiple other issues,such as background noise etc etc.