Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
30/09/2016

DPA Microphones Used To Amplify Aurora's Vocals

News Image
Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes is currently touring Europe with a full complement of DPA microphones that are being used to amplify her vocals, backing vocals and all of the instruments in her band.

Known simply as Aurora, this exceptional artist released her debut EP Running with the Wolves in May 2015. Later the same year she provided the backing track for the John Lewis Christmas advert, singing a cover of the Oasis song Half the World Away. Her debut studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, was released worldwide in March 2016 and peaked at No. 1 in the Norwegian album charts and No. 28 in the UK.

Capturing the haunting and ethereal quality of Aurora's voice was top of the list for her FOH engineer Paul Inge Vikingstad and a key reason why he suggested using a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone for her live performances. Vikingstad, who played bass in several bands before moving into audio production, is renowned for his ability to make live shows sound great.

"I introduced Aurora to the d:facto™ when I first started working with her nearly three years ago, and she absolutely loved it," he said. "The d:facto™ makes her voice cut through the mix, almost in a three-dimensional way. The 3dB soft boost at 12kHz gives nice air to vocals without boosting the s'es and the lack of handling noise every time Aurora takes the microphone off the stand is simply amazing."

At present, Aurora is using a wired d:facto™ on a stand but her monitor engineer and tour manager Tomin Tollefsen says he's hoping to expand the production and make the d:facto™ wireless as well.

Previous good experiences with DPA, plus Aurora's obvious satisfaction with d:facto™, were the reasons why Tollefsen and Vikingstad decided to specify DPA microphones for her entire live sound set-up. A total of four musicians support Aurora on stage, including a drummer, a keyboard player, a bass player and a guitarist. They also all provide backing vocals.

"Anders Faafeng, from DPA's Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer, helped us choose the right microphones," Tollefsen said. "Both Paul Inge and I have used DPA mics in the past and have always found them to be reliable. When I'm not on tour, I record acoustic music with a classical ensemble using my own d:dicate™ 4006 Omnidirectional and d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid microphones. Incorporating DPA into a live environment really gives us the opportunity to bring studio quality sound to Aurora's live performance. We use d:facto™ Vocal Microphones for everyone who sings, not just Aurora, while the drum kit and guitar amp are exclusively amplified with d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones. In total we're touring with five d:facto™, eight d:dicate™ and two d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones – the latter being mainly used for floor tom or acoustic guitar when we're doing club shows."

Although synths and samples are an intrinsic part of Aurora's sound, Tollefsen feels that capturing the natural bass/guitar and drum sound is important, too. This, he says, along with great sounding vocals, is what makes the music stand out as organic and dynamic.

To amplify the drum kit (which consists of a kick, snare, hi-hat, floor tom, cymbals and SPD), Tollefsen mounts a d:dicate™ 2011C on an LP-clamp and positions it a few centimetres from the front hole of the kick drum. This gives him the kick sound he wants without having to put a microphone inside the drum. He is also using a d:dicate™ 2011C mic for the hi-hat, positioning it so that it also captures a small tambourine, which is vital to the sound of some songs.

Amplifying the floor tom has been the subject of some debate because Tollefsen and Vikingstad can't decide if they prefer the d:dicate™ 2011C or the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone.

d:dicate™ 2011Cs are also being used as overheads because the musicians like them for their IEMs.

www.dpamicrophones.com
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

29/08/2017
DPA Captures Ambient Sound For Foley Mixer Geordy Sincavage
As a foley mixer, Geordy Sincavage has worked on a variety of films and television series throughout his career, including The Revenant, and HBO origi
21/08/2017
PMC Speakers Give Marsh Mastering Accurate and Detailed Sound
Marsh Mastering, a purpose-built mastering boutique located in the heart of Hollywood, California, has recently undertaken a series of quadrophonic re
21/08/2017
Veale Honoured For Sound Career
Acoustician and studio designer Eddie Veale went back to the classroom this week when he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the
15/08/2017
Innovative Services Lead To Sound Growth For 344 Audio
Manchester-based audio design firm, 344 Audio, has launched a new and innovative client-focused software, doubling its yearly revenue and further ceme
15/05/2017
Richard Earnshaw Invests In Prism Sound's Titan
Artist and producer Richard Earnshaw has invested in a Prism Sound Titan Multi-channel Audio Interface, which is helping to improve the accuracy of hi
11/05/2017
Evolving Sound Trailer-Music Launches
New trailer-music label Evolving Sound has launched with three powerful albums, delivering forward-looking full orchestral, hybrid and electronic trai
10/08/2017
DPA Microphones Selected For Gospel Church
Yoido Full Gospel Church has invested in a number of products from DPA Microphones. The church has selected eight d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones,
27/06/2017
DPA Microphones Announces Anniversary Sweepstakes
DPA Microphones is continuing to celebrate its 25th anniversary by announcing a special sweepstakes. The grand prize is a 25th Anniversary nickel-plat
21/06/2017
DPA Microphones Go 'Swimming With Men'
Film and television sound recordist Chris Durfy has said that the "dependability in all kinds of locations and climatic conditions is the key reason"
19/04/2017
Evan MacKenzie Joins DPA Microphones
DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Evan MacKenzie as its new Marketing and Communications Manager for the United States. MacKenzie will
18/09/2015
VER Completes Acquisition of Aurora Lighting Hire
VER, a provider of production equipment and engineering support, has completed its acquisition of Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd (Aurora). The acquisition i
03/07/2017
In Space No One Can Hear Your Scream
French sound engineer Stéphane Bucher faced a difficult task when he was asked to record the audio for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, th
28/03/2017
Timeflies Select DPA Microphones
US-based pop duo Timeflies have used DPA Microphone's d:facto Vocal Microphone as they undertook their first headline European tour. The mic selection
15/03/2017
DPA Microphones Appoint New Distributors
DPA Microphones has announced two new distributors in Switzerland. With immediate effect, Z-Audio and MusicNetwork will represent the company's produc
29/10/2012
DPA Microphones Get The Magic Touch
Denmark’s Fredericia Theatre has announced it will be using an extensive selection of DPA microphones to capture the audio for a musical production of