PBS’ national New Year’s Eve festivities used a range of the company’s mics
DPA Microphones returned to The Rainbow Room for an exquisite and elite New Year’s celebration for PBS’ second national, primetime celebration from the recently re-opened iconic Manhattan venue, New Year’s Eve at The Rainbow Room with Michael Feinstein. After the success of the Fall Arts Festival program, DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal
, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument
, d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid
and d:screet™ Miniature mics
once again found their way onto the guest list for the esteemed event.
The company’s wide range of products was perfectly suited for the various aspects of the production, including vocals and instrumentals. With the show’s swing/big-band at the heart of the special, there was no concern for the SPL levels, which can become soft in these situations. The DPA d:vote™ 4099 was properly adjusted to close-mic each instrument. Andy Brattain, Michael Feinstein’s production manager and FOH engineer placed the DPA d:vote™ 4099 either on the instrument or music stand, depending on whether the musician needed to quickly change mutes, to provide the proper isolation required for recording the performance.
“A combination of DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 and d:dicate™ 4011C mics gave us a tight enough polar pattern so that each individual player could be isolated,” says Brattain. “With the saxophone, flute and clarinet performers doubling instruments within a song, we ended up positioning the d:dicate™ 2011C’s onto the mic stand to pickup each instrument being played. The d:vote™ 4099’s provided an equally matched tone and quality. DPA was able to handle this broad spectrum of instruments without any problems.”
In addition to Feinstein, a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer, New Year’s Eve at The Rainbow Room with Michael Feinstein features performances by Christine Ebersole, Darren Criss, Leslie Odom, Jr., Julia Goodwin, Aaron Tveit, Marilyn Maye and Kelli O’Hara.