4015C and 4011A Directional Mics Deliver Virtually Noise Free, Pristine Sound for Studio Engineer Luis Flores.
As a long-time music industry icon, multi-platinum Producer Linda Perry is serious about sound. Luis Flores, studio engineer at Linda Perry Management, shares this testament and is on a never-ending quest to find clearer, more natural, noise-free sound quality. As part of this, Flores is always on the lookout for groundbreaking audio gear for all studio and live projects. Most recently, that has included adding DPA Microphones’ 4015C Wide Cardioid
and 4011A Cardioid
mics to the studio’s toolkit.
Although Flores had previously heard of DPA, his first experience using DPA mics came at the request of Perry. “Linda went to a session in New York with Alicia Keys; her engineer, Ann Mincieli, is a DPA user,” says Flores. “Ann had DPA 4015s
on the piano in the studio and Linda fell in love with them. When Linda returned, she was still raving about them and asked me to procure some DPA mics. It was the first time she had ever specifically requested a mic for the studio in my more than seven years working with her.”
Flores reached out to DPA directly. “DPA initially sent me a pair of demo 4015C
Wide Cardioid microphones,” he says. “I liked them so much that I didn’t want to give them back; so, I bought them.” In addition to the 4015C Wide Cardioid mics, which are used primarily on piano, Flores also has a pair of 4011A
Cardioid mics for hi-hats and cymbals.
“What I love about our DPA mics is the quality of the sound,” continues Flores. “Before we used DPA, we were always on a rotation of microphones for the piano depending on the situation. Ever since I started using the DPA 4015s on the piano, I have not removed them. There hasn’t been one time where I’ve questioned whether we had a better option. I’m obsessed with the 4015
on the piano. I also love the 4011s
, they are capable of handling louder sounds incredibly well.”
Another standout feature of the DPA mics is the signal-to-noise ratio. According to Flores, “The DPAs are really clean, there is no noise whatsoever. Usually, if you are doing more delicate piano or other quiet recordings, you have to turn the microphone up a lot. That creates a noise floor that is not ideal.” The pair also uses the DPA mics live whenever they can. “Before the pandemic, Linda and I did a charity event, where we performed her 4 Non Blondes mega hit, What’s Up. Linda was on a grand piano and I was on acoustic guitar. We used the DPA mics, and they were incredible on stage.”
Flores is also very impressed with DPA’s EQing capabilities. “I tend to like darker sounds than most people and what I like about DPA is that the high-end is present, but it’s not shrill,” he adds. “It’s just very smooth, which I love because it allows me to have the high frequencies there without them jumping at my ear and me wanting to cut them out. I can’t say enough good things about DPA; we love our mics. They have been a real game changer for us at the studio.”
Linda Perry Management is a Los Angeles-based artist empowerment label, publishing, management and production collective with a mission of fostering a creative community of artists. As mentorship and freedom is usually restricted by major labels, Linda Perry Management has amassed a wide array of up-and-coming artists. Included among them is Natasha Bedingfield, Imogen Heap, Jesse Jo Stark, Terror JR., Willa Amai and Frances Lion.