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EV RE27 Stars in ’A Prairie Home Companion’

July 12th, 2006

Eight of the photogenic broadcast industry standard mics get some serious screen time in the movie, which is based upon the perennially popular Minnesota Public Radio Show broadcast from the historic Fitzgerald Theatre in St Paul - a stones throw from EV headquarters in Burnsville, MN. Production Mixer Drew Kunin, whose work can be heard on numerous Hollywood movies, including Ang Lee’s Oscar winners “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“ and “Brokeback Mountain“, described why this distinctive EV mic was picked for this prestigious project:

“The use of the RE27 really represents the attention to detail that Robert Altman, Garrison Keillor and Production Designer Dina Goldman paid to the equipment used in A Prairie Home Companion. I made them a shortlist of mics that would offer high performance and flexibility for the casts’ wide range of voices. The RE27 was at the top of the list because it’s a beautiful sounding mic for the human voice. They all agreed on the RE27 because, in addition to offering the level of sound quality we needed to do our job well, it has the same visual charm and charisma as a classic retro-style mic: as an object, its matte chrome finish, unique shape and shock mount appealed to them a lot. Choosing the RE27 meant it wasn’t necessary to use either a dummy antique mic with an updated element or some bland looking contemporary mic - they didn’t want it to look like a rock concert! When you see the RE27 onscreen, that’s what you’re actually hearing on the live soundtrack recording - we used them to record all the songs.“

Kunin added: “The cast featured a lot of non-professional singers, and, though we explained mic technique to everyone, they weren’t always able to keep it up during performance. Plus Robert Altman didn’t want the actors too close to the mics in the first place, as they’d get in between their faces and the camera. The RE27’s high output neodymium element and condenser-like Variable D design came in handy in this sense - the mic has both a lot of throw and a lot of depth, so we were able to hone in on the voices for warm, full reproduction in the mix, even when the actors were well off their mics. Anyway you look - or listen - at it, the RE27 gave a stellar performance.“

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Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.

Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.telex.com

James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582

james.edlund@us.telex.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

(952) 736-3935
guy.low@us.bosch.com
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