Production Design and Manufacturing

Production Design and Manufacturing

Diana Krall

1940's styled, hand machined and larger than life

The starting point for this project were some images of 1940s broadcast microphones, the sort with 4 springs supporting a central mic from an outer ring. The brief called for a larger than life version with RGBW LED lighting within the outer ring and inner mic part. Although it seemed like a straightforward project, it required considerable engineering precision and processes: ring rolling, laser cutting, hand drilling, fettling etc. The construction had to be robust as it would be travelling around the world in a truck.

 

Everything was assembled and machined by hand where required, making sure that the fit was perfect before sending parts off for powder coating. A custom DMX power supply was built for each mic with a multipin connector on each part so that everything could pack away. The PSU lives in the truss with a multicore connection to the mic which also has 2 suspension wires that clip onto rigging eyes.