Choi also enthuses about the results he has had using the d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphone
on 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 explains. "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."
The d:dicate™ 4011 is also first choice when Audioguy is recording traditional Korean Gugak music, which is something of a specialty for the facility. This type of music often features the gayageum - a Korean 12-string instrument similar to a zither or horizontal harp.
"For this, I use the 4011 in an ORTF or XY technique, or the 3521 in the same settings," says Choi. "I also use the d:dicate™ 4006 because its rich, low sound gives a great quality to percussion."
Every microphone has its own characteristics and merits, and Choi says this drives him to seek out ways to adapt and change microphone types and settings, according to any potential challenges. "All DPA condenser mics can be used for instruments with high sound pressure, therefore I rarely use dynamic microphones," he says. "My technique is to place more emphasis on the ratio of direct and reflecting sound, than on the sound tone. I love the clear and clean direct sound of DPA mics, and the d:dicate™ 4006 especially, as it captures all of the sound of the recording location, including the ambiance. I also like DPA's extensive range of accessories.
Choi is currently working on a number of live sound and studio projects. Among the many Korean and international artists he has collaborated with are Youn-Sun Nah, Inger Marie, Giovanni Mirabassi and Yuhki Kuramoto. DPA will play a part in all future projects, he says, because they ‘deliver an amazing sound and will always be a central part of my recording career.’