For drums, Garcia utilizes DPA’s d:dicate™ 4011A mics
on high hats. According to Garcia, “using the 4011A provided me with the best high hat sound I have ever had on drums. There was a nice definition in the highs and its cardioid polar pattern helped me avoid sound from other parts of the drums, like the snare and toms. For the overhead mics, I’m using d:dicate™ 2011Cs
and again these mics were incredible on highs and had fantastic definition in the mid-range.”
One unique audio challenge that was solved with DPA mics came during a 2014 show with Totó La Momposina. “On the European tour at Berlin’s Koncerthaus, the venue was very live and reverberant,” says Garcia. “Another challenge was the small space on the stage, which wouldn’t allow me to have many mic stands, so I made the decision to use DPA’s d:vote™ Instrument Microphones
on all brass
and Latin Colombian percussion sections. The results were incredible. With the d:vote™ mics on percussion and brass, I didn’t need to equalize the channel on those instruments, yet the clarity and frequency response was perfect. DPA really makes amazing equipment that I plan to use for many years to come.”
Colombian band Alkilados is a group whose fusion of reggae, reggaetón, pop and tropical music has garnered hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and a Latin Grammy nomination last year.
Totó La Momposina is a charismatic living song, the original "Queen of Cumbia" whose entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of her country’s Caribbean coastline.