“Drum and percussion arrangements for The Unthanks usually follow an orchestral or jazz style, so we use d:dicate™ 2011C Microphones
as overheads because they are able to reproduce the sound of the entire drum kit in a natural and sonically pleasing way,” he says. “This fits the genre and style of the band perfectly.”
Borkin also singles out the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone
as a favourite, citing its ability to successfully reproduce the human singing voice through PA systems as a key reason for choosing it.
“The Unthanks' two female lead vocalists both have expressive yet delicate singing styles, which means that intelligibility and level before feedback are of the utmost importance,” he says. “With their strong focus on musical narratives, the audience must be able to follow the voices with absolute clarity, whilst ensuring they also sit naturally with the dynamic arrangements of the music. It's very challenging for our lead vocals to cut through naturally but musically, and the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone offers the perfect solution."
Borkin has a busy schedule with The Unthanks for the rest of this year, including a collaboration with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and touring Europe. He is also performing FOH duties for Nubiyan Twist, a 12-piece afrobeat/jazz/hip hop band.
"I have used DPA microphones before in my position as a freelance engineer at various concerts and venues, and they have always performed flawlessly," says Borkin. "When it comes to The Unthanks, I wouldn't want to use anything else.”
For more information about The Unthanks, please visit www.the-unthanks.com