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01/07/2013

DPA Mics-Up Rick Wakeman

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Rick Wakeman recently completed three concerts as part of a fundraiser for the Cathedral of Gloucester.
The first gig took place in Blackfriars Abbey, a medieval building in the heart of the City of Gloucester, while the remaining concerts took place on consecutive nights at Cheltenham Racecourse.
On all three occasions DPA microphones featured in the equipment inventory, with more than 50 units used to amplify the audio, including two new DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.
Front of House sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also system designer for the shows, said: "DPA microphones always deliver an honest, super clean, uncoloured sound and I get predictable results every time I use them. They are also incredibly reliable, which is a major point in their favour."
Barfoot specified DPA microphones for all three concerts, with the bulk of the inventory being used for the larger Cheltenham gigs. In total, 30 DPA 4060 miniature microphones were used on all the high strings and harp, 12 DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones were used on all the low strings, four d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were employed on snare drum and toms, a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C compact microphone was used for the kick drum, along with three DPA d:dicate 2011C microphones for overheads and ride cymbal. The DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones were used for main and backing vocals.
"DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network suggested I tried DPA microphones for the drums, in particular the d:dicate 2011C microphone inside the kick drum," Barfoot explains.
"It took a little while to work out how we were going to do it, but when we had it set up the results were very pleasing. The sound was fast and dynamic, which suited the Symphonic rock style of the music, and once our drummer Tony Fernandez relaxed, the sound became very tight indeed."
Barfoot added that all of the vocalists were on In Ear monitoring.
"I first used these in South America just before Christmas 2012 and they have now become firm favourites," he says.
"They are definitely a 'must have' in my microphone trunk, especially now the d:facto head is available for use on various radio microphone transmitters."
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