’s ability to handle the high SPLs that come with close mouth placement and its ability to accurately pick up and reproduce transients are key reasons why some of the world’s top beatboxers have started to adopt it as their microphone of choice. The microphone’s durability is also important because beatboxing is very physical and the grille covering the microphone capsule needs to be tough to withstand the harsh treatment. The fact that the d:facto grille can be easily cleaned was another plus point, as was its round shape and flat top, which lends itself to being cupped by a beatboxer.
Swissbeatbox was introduced to the d:facto™
Vocal Microphone by Thorsen, who used it when he won the Grand Beatbox Battle Loopstation Category in 2016, and Rawclaw, three times Danish Beatbox champion.
“When we heard from people we trusted that the d:facto™
Vocal Microphone was improving the sound of their beatboxing, we wanted to know more,” Pepouni says. “We were given an opportunity to test the microphone and we were pleasantly surprised by the results. Our sound engineers were convinced by this microphone’s quality and we knew that this had to be the official microphone for the Grand Beatbox Battle.”
Aaron ‘Sinjo’ Barner, Head of Sound at Swissbeatbox, adds: “A good beatbox microphone needs to be capable of handling high SPL but also sensitive enough to pick up the nuances of sound. The d:facto does this admirably and delivers clean, crisp highs and full deep bass with sharp transients, all of which are produced with less power. This allows beatboxers more time to concentrate on their performance and the clarity of their individual sounds rather than battling with whatever equipment they need to use.”
Sinjo adds that Swissbeatbox aims to be more musically oriented so that it pushes beatboxers to become professional musicians and artists, shaping a path for a real career in the music industry.
“We chose d:facto with this goal in mind,” he says, “as it is the best quality microphone for performing beatboxing on stage.”
DPA Microphones will be at the Grand beatbox Battle in Warsaw – both onstage, where everyone performing will get a chance to try out d:facto, and also off stage where DPA’s team will be available to answer questions, arrange demos and showcase the microphone to visiting beatboxers.