Gégé adds that with DPA you hear what you get – nothing more, nothing less. “The sound is very transparent and natural,” he says, “and the dynamic is also really amazing as the sound does not disappear if the musician is taking it down. Cherisse (Osei on percussion, who has also worked with Mika, Bryan Ferry and Paloma Faith) uses a bass drum with a punch that is higher than you would expect but the d:dicate™ 2011A
really renders it at its best. I also use a Kelly SHU kick drum microphone mounting system on the drum and the gong, and this really takes the sound to another level.”
Gégé is also using four d:facto™ Vocal Microphones
– two wireless and two wired – for backing and guest vocalists. These include Sarah Brown, who has previously worked as a backing singer for Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, George Michael and Simply Red.
is absolutely great for her because she has very wide range and diversity in her sound,” he explains. “Most microphones would be great when she is giving it, but I would have had to jump on the Highpass when she became smoother and warmer. With the d:facto™, the sound stands in the mix as naturally as the rest of the DPAs.”
Although this is the first time Gégé has used DPA microphones for percussion, he is actually no stranger to the brand and has been using d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones
on strings for years.
“I did two tours and an album with a string quartet using d:vote™ 4099s and I’ve also used them on them on string ensembles touring with Hooverphonic and Natalie Merchant,” he says. “Another DPA mic that I have used intensively is the d:screet™ 4091 Omnidirectional Microphone
. Twelve years ago, on tour with a Jazz singer, I had that idea of putting an omni mic on top of the bass drum at the drummer’s side. The 4091 looks more like an antenna then an actual mic, so it was very inconspicuous. I heavily compressed it with a smooth attack and a quick release and added the rest of the microphones to fill in. I was very happy with the results; I had a nice balance of all the drums sounds at that spot and the 4091 was easily able to take the loudest sound pressure levels. Now I always use it for “dynamic” drummers, where the dynamic of the drums is tricky on big PAs, because it gives you a steady base where you keep all the detail when it’s well compressed.”
The Simple Minds Acoustic Live
tour is currently making its way around Europe and will reach the UK on May 17th. Summing up his experience with DPA, Gégé says: “I am more than happy with the quality and the results. The d:dicate™ 2011C Microphone
is amazing - the best snare mic ever, even for loud bands - while the 2011A on the kick drum is great because of its natural sound. Having DPA for the whole percussion set and the vocals helps with the legendary spill because it is no longer a problem leaving some channels open.”
Photo Credits: Paolo Pavan (1) & Vince Barker (3)