Seoul’s Audioguy studio is d:dicated to DPA
KOREA: The newly refurbished Audioguy recording studio in Seoul has invested in additional DPA microphones to join its already impressive inventory. Producer and recording engineer at the studio, Jung-Hoon Choi, is a self-confessed fan of DPA and already owns three d:dicate 4006AE limited edition mics, gold anniversary omnidirectional microphones and a number of 3521 grand piano stereo kits consisting of d:dicate 4000 series small diaphragm condenser microphones. The studio specialises in recording traditional Korean Gukak music, as well as more contemporary classical, jazz and acoustic projects. A large part of the studio’s workload involves capturing live sound and for these, says Mr Choi, DPA microphones provide both the technical backbone and the heart and soul of the session.
‘Microphones and microphone techniques are the most important features in transforming the artist's music into a good sound,’ explained Mr Choi. ‘DPA microphones perfectly translate the sound we hear into a recording and this is why I am happy to invest in the company’s products.
‘Each year, Audioguy records 30 to 40 choral performances in churches and concert halls, often accompanied by an organ,’ he continued. ‘These are one of the company's most popular genres. Usually, I use d:dicate 4006As in an LCR configuration for orchestral recordings, but when I need to record with the choir I use d:dicate 4011 mics or the 3521 kits in ORTF mode. If the choir is performing with an organ rather than an orchestra I use d:dicate 4006 omnidirectional microphones because these give the best harmony of direct and reflecting sound so that the choir’s own natural touches are perfectly delivered. By using this technique, we can experience the performance in much the same way as the conductor, by facing the artists and listening to each part of the harmonic ensemble.’
The producer also enthused about the results he has had using the d:dicate 4011A cardioid microphone for piano recordings. ‘With its clean and clear characteristics, the d:dicate 4011 is perfect for recording instruments with a strong attack transient, such as the piano, and I also use it for drum overheads and acoustic guitar,’ he said. ‘A particular advantage of the 4011A is that it has far less proximity effect. This means we can place multiple instruments in one space, with the mics very close to each other, and still get transparent, beautiful sound.’