Waterproof Mic Renders the Inclement Weather Irrelevant in Norway; Gives Sound Engineer Peace of Mind
Wearing a Point Source Audio CO-5W-KIT waterproof earset microphone, Norwegian actor Gard Eidsvold performs with steady confidence even in precarious weather.
Petaluma, CA – Known to Norwegians as “The World’s End” (Verdens Ende), the southernmost tip of the island of Tjøme, 60 miles south of Oslo, can be a forbidding place—but not for actor Gard Eidsvold wearing Point Source Audio’s CO-5W-KIT waterproof earset microphone. There, at the sea’s edge in a driving rain, he was perched precariously above the rocks on a thin plank, vigorously rowing his symbolic boat while reciting the lines of the iconic Norwegian ballad Terje Vigen. Both the actor and the mic performed flawlessly before a rapt audience which sat under hoods and umbrellas a mere 30 meters from the shoreline.
“Water was not a part of the show but as it was outside, we expected—and got—plenty of rain,” recounted Jan Ringen, the sound engineer who chose PSA’s waterproof mic specifically for this outdoor application. Terje Vigen, written in 1862 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, describes the 1809 saga of the legendary Terje, who tried to run the English blockade off Norway's southern coast in a desperate attempt to smuggle food from Denmark back to his starving wife and daughter.
“The best thing about the CO-5W-KIT’s waterproof feature, compared to my other mics, was that I didn’t have to worry at all about rain or sweat,” Ringen declared. “Earlier such outside jobs could be a bit nerve-wracking.” Ringen is the sole proprietor of Quantum Satis Media (QSM), a lighting, sound and stage production company based in County Vestfold, Norway. Ringen discovered the CO-5W-KIT after reading an article about a 'Singing in the Rain' production in Ireland. “They had used your mic and were very happy with it when they actually sang in the rain.” Ringen ordered the CO-5W-KIT mics for both his Sennheiser and AKG wireless systems.
Point Source Audio launched the CO-5W-KIT in April 2012 and it quickly won plaudits from customers and industry experts. “Because of the positive reaction to the ‘unsinkable’ feature of the CO-5W, we decided to combine it with our distinctive ‘unbreakable boom’ featured in some of our other microphones,” said PSA President James Lamb.
As a result, SERIES8—a new line of headset, earworn and lavalier microphones—was unveiled this past June at Infocomm 2013. Featuring an unprecedented combination of IP57 waterproof protection, exceptional boom durability and unmatched SPL rating of 148dB, “SERIES8 represents a significant commitment by our company to give our customers high performance microphones that are tiny in profile but tough in endurance,” according to Mr. Lamb, who founded PSA in 2004. The IP57 waterproof rating protects from moisture, sweat and makeup—conditions commonly found in live stage performances.
About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” earworn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.
About Quantum Satis Media
Quantum Satis Media (QSM) is a member of the International Laser Display Association. Ringen was awarded Honorable Mention in the “Beams/Atmospheric Show” category for his “Frozen in Time” laser production in 2011. Ringen has also toured with Norwegien singer Lisa Stokke and Finnish singer Arja Saijonmaa. To learn more about QSM, visit www.qsmedia.net