“I was able to close mic and still get a very clean sound with a beautiful high end,” he says. “As we were recording some concerts for DVD release, I also used DPA to capture the atmospheric sound of the audience. I got two d:dicate™
ST4011A Cardioid and ST4015A Wide Cardioid stereo pairs and set them up as atmospheric mics. The 4015A Wide Cardioids were used as a spaced stereo pair positioned at the FOH mixing desk and pointed back towards the stage. This gave a very open representation of what it felt like to be an audience member because they picked up the atmosphere and energy of the show via both the PA system and the audience’s reaction. The 4011As were positioned as an XY stereo pair stage left, facing the audience. The combination of this set up and these cardioids gave a very honest and natural sounding representation of the audience and its reaction to the show, while rejecting most of the on-stage noise due to their directionality. The results were spectacular, and we were all delighted.”
Reliability combined with a great sound are key reasons why Albo chooses DPA, but equally important is the technical support he receives.
“When you are working with prestigious artists like Emeli, it is vital to have great support – and that’s what I get from DPA and Sound Network,” he says. “For instance, on this latest tour Sound Network organised last minute equipment and technical support for a show we were doing in Dublin. That was very much appreciated, especially as it was all done at very short notice.”
Emeli Sandé’s Arena tour came to an end with a concert in Albania in November 2017. Albo’s next move is to head off to Los Angeles in 2018 for some exciting new projects.
s will definitely be travelling with me because I always have a pair in my carry-on luggage, just in case I need them,” he says.