d:vote™ Instrument Microphones provide big sound in a small package
When Meytal Cohen, the drummer for and founding member of the heavy metal band Meytal, set out on her U.S. tour, she wanted to go big and provide fans with superior audio quality at each venue. In order to achieve the huge sound she was looking for, Cohen turned to DPA Microphones’ d:vote™ 4099D Instrument Microphones to amplify her drum set.

In 2009 at the age of 20, Cohen moved to Los Angeles and studied percussion at the Los Angeles Music Academy. That year, Cohen and some friends recorded a metal violin cover on video of System of a Down’s Toxicity, which she then posted on YouTube. A few months later, the video had three million views and Cohen decided she was going to shoot and post 100 more drum covers to see what happened next. Five years later she has more than 120 videos, 140 million views and 900,000 subscribers on YouTube, and more than 1.4 million likes on Facebook.
“I first became familiar with DPA mics during a recording session a couple of years ago,” says Cohen. “The recording engineer thought they would work perfectly for my setup. I like having the cymbals super low, which doesn’t allow much room for tom mics. The DPA mics worked incredibly well. I didn’t have to adjust my setup and the recording quality was mind blowing. The DPA mics provide amazing quality jam-packed into the smallest mic I have ever seen.”
The d:vote™ 4099D Instrument Microphone allows for high-quality audio capture of drums and percussion instruments. Users will appreciate how gently this condenser mic adheres to their prized instrument. The mic can be easily positioned to fit different types of drums, while the flexible gooseneck can be positioned at different angles to allow a variety of sound nuances. The mic is elegant, lightweight, unobtrusive and designed to stay out of the way during performances. The mics feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. They offer extremely natural sound and are fully capable of handling extreme sound pressure levels. The 4099D is also perfect for hi-hats, cymbals and tom-toms.
“I just finished a full U.S. tour with my band, and after each show I would get so many comments about the drums sounding unbelievably amazing — and huge,” adds Cohen. “This was achieved without using any triggers, and largely thanks to these incredible DPA microphones.”

FOH Engineer Robby Brown echoes Cohen’s sentiments. “The DPA d:vote™ 4099Ds are magical on drums,” says Brown. “They are easily the best tom sound I've gotten to date.”


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