DPA raises the bar in Hong Kong
CHINA: A full selection of DPA microphones were used for the recent Robben Ford concert at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium in Hong Kong. The artist’s sound engineer, Richard Wheeler, was seeking to maximise sound quality at the event and turned to DPA for a solution.
Named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine, Robben Ford is an American Blues, Jazz, and Rock guitarist. Once a member of the LA Express, he has collaborated with musical greats including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison.
‘As a concert promoter for over 10 years, I have to say that Robben's concert was our best in terms of sound and audio quality,’ said Clarence Chang, from organisers Jazz World Live Series. ‘This is all thanks to the great engineer Richard Wheeler and DPA Microphones.’
For his Hong Kong performance, Mr Ford used a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, while his guitar amps and the bass amp were picked up by d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Compact Cardioid microphones.
Sound engineer Richard Wheeler used a d:dicate 2011C for the kick drum, positioning it half way into the hole. Another 2011C was used for the top of the snare and paired with a d:vote 4099 Instrument mic positioned underneath. All of the other drum elements were picked up individually using d:vote 4099s in close proximity, with an additional stereo image captured by a pair of d:dicate 4011A matched overhead recording mics.
A Hammond B3 organ was also used during the concert. Two d:vote 4099 Instrument mics were positioned to capture stereo sound emanating from the top spinning horn of the organ’s Leslie speaker, with a d:dicate 2011C used underneath for the bass horn.
Commenting on the sound quality after the show, Mr Wheeler said: ‘I was amazed by it, especially the sound from the d:facto Vocal Microphone. It sounded just like Robben himself.’