Le Div4s use DPA in Baku
AZERBAIJAN: Italian soprano ensemble, Le Div4s, used DPA’s d:facto vocal microphones for their recent live performance at the National Theatre of Baku Philharmonic. Front of house sound engineer, Simone ‘Zeta’ Saccomandi, introduced the artists to the microphones for a concert organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Azerbaijan.
‘Prior to the concert, Le Div4s spent several days in my studio rehearsing, so I took the opportunity to compare the d:facto vocal microphone with various other high-end vocal microphones,’ said Mr Saccomandi. ‘All of the microphones performed well and some were more suitable than others, but overall it was the d:facto that shone out. As soon as it was connected it gave me exactly the sound that I expected to hear.
‘With some of the other microphones we tried, the artists’ voices were almost veiled in the mix and I had to process them to get them sounding the way I wanted,’ he continued. ‘With the d:facto, I didn't have to do anything and that meant I could nail it in the mix. Le Div4s and their managers also noticed the difference and had no difficulty recognising their own voices through the wedge monitors on stage.’
In addition to the vocal mics, Mr Saccomandi also called on the d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to amplify the sound of the cellos and the double bass.
‘I've been using d:vote instrument microphones for many years, especially on cello and double bass,’ noted Mr Saccomandi. ‘I really like them because they are so small, light and easy to install. They come with a fabulous range of accessories and are not invasive, even on small instruments such as violins. In terms of sound, they bring out the true nature of an acoustic instrument and deliver the deep, full-bodied, true low end bass that you expect to hear.’