Mixing Engineer Philip J. Harvey Relies on DPA's Vocal, Headset and Instrument Mics for Accurate, High-quality Audio.
Since her first GRAMMY® Awards performance, pop superstar Lorde has entrusted FOH Mixing Engineer Philip J. Harvey for her live audio needs. Currently, Harvey is wrapping up his work for the singer’s Solar Power 2022 Tour across the U.S., where a high-quality, comfortable and accurate audio solution was of utmost importance. Pulling from his experience as a self-taught audio tech working in clubs and on the road with bands such as Medeski Martin & Wood; Mumford and Sons; and My Bloody Valentine, as well as Jack White’s The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and Dead Weather, Harvey knew what brand would check all the boxes. He worked with audio provider Clair Global to select a number of instrument and vocal mics from DPA Microphones.
“With the recent addition of the new 4055 Kick Drum Microphone
, the entire drum set is DPA,” Harvey explains. “We also have a 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid
on the snare top and 4099 CORE Extreme SPL
on snare bottom, hi-hats, toms and under heads. On the conga and quinto, we have the 4099 loud SPL. Lorde herself, Ella, is on a d:facto™ 4018VL Vocal Microphone
in silver nickel, then we also have five backing vocalists, and they’re all using 4488 CORE Headset Microphones
. We started with 4488s from DPA after experimenting with 4088 Directional Headsets through Clair Global. As soon as everybody put them on, we were blown away with how comfortable they were. You can also really get that articulated boom in the perfect place.”