Samson also uses d:dicate™ 2011C Cardioid Microphones
for percussion, stating their ability to handle very high SPL and consistently sound great across a range of different instruments as the main reasons for his choice.
"If I need a miniature microphone, I use d:screet™ 4061 mics
or d:fine™ 4066 Headset mics
," he says. "The 4066 is better for rock and roll shows because of how consistently close to the source you can position them without compromising the sound quality. This allows for high levels of vocal foldback. The mics are also popular with performers because they are very comfortable to wear, even whilst the performers are dancing. They do a great impression of a rock vocal microphone but without the constraints of a handheld. The d:screet 4061, on the other hand, is much more suited to traditional shows because they deliver a really natural and detailed sound. They are also really easy to hide on a performer."
The 40-plus d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones required for the Sinatra show were supplied by Cardiff-based Stage Sound Services, which has been a DPA advocate for over 10 years.
Managing director Phil Hurley says: "From a rental point of view they are incredibly popular and are often specified by sound designers for a wide range of live sound and theatre projects. We have been supplying them since they were first introduced and we are really happy with their audio quality. As the range has developed they have become even more versatile because they can be used on so many different instruments."
Hurley adds that Stage Sound Services has over 200 DPA microphones in its rental stock, including over 70 d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones
, over 50 d:fine™ Headset Microphones
and a number of d:screet™ Miniature
and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones
"They are theatre staples," he said. "And frankly they are a very good rental earner so I am happy to invest in them."