Wahnsinn - The Wolfgang Petry Musical With DPA’s New CORE Amplifier Technology

Every performer in the show is wearing a new CORE by DPA d:fine 4066 Headset microphone, which is allowing the sound team to bring the vocals forward in the mix.


Wahnsinn – The Wolfgang Petry Musical has become the first theatrical production to rely entirely on DPA’s recently launched CORE by DPA miniature headset microphones.

Launched to huge critical acclaim in 2017, CORE by DPA has already been adopted as standard by many key live sound and broadcast rental companies. This list includes German company Feedback Show Systems and Services, which supplied the audio equipment for the touring production of Wahnsinn.

Bernd Schmitz, Managing Director of Feedback, says: “We supplied 30 d:fine CORE 4066 omnidirectional headset microphones for this show because the audio team needed the extra headroom they provide. DPA’s new CORE by DPA amplifier technology helps to minimize distortion and increase dynamic range so they were the ideal choice for a show that is renowned for being very loud. They also provide water and moisture resistance, which is important when you are fitting them to actors who moving around under hot lights.”

DPA developed its CORE by DPA amplifier technology to create an even clearer sound from the ‘highest of the highs’ to the ‘lowest of the lows.’ CORE by DPA is currently available in the d:screet 4060, 4061, 4062, 4160 and 4161 Miniature Microphones, d:fine 4066, 4088, 4166, 4266, 4188 and 4288 Headset Microphones, as well as d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones mics.

Wahnsinn, which means Madness in German, features the hits of Wolfgang Petry, a popular German singer whose 30 year career has resulted in numerous gold and platinum discs for record sales exceeding 12 million. He has also won many awards including "successful soloist German Pop/Schlager", which he won ten times in a row.

Wahnsinn premiered in Duisburg earlier this year and has also been performed in other German cities including Berlin. It will continue its run into 2019.Cedric Beatty, who is responsible for the show’s sound design, says he and production engineer Dennis Dackweiler are delighted with the new CORE by DPA headsets.

“They sound great,” he says. “The show is loud, but the vocals still sound very natural and the extra headroom means that we can bring the vocals up a step in the mix. The different boom lengths are also useful, and the headset is particularly good for smaller heads because there is less clutter in the nape of the neck.”