“Joss’s collaborative performances with local artists are meant to be intimate and we often record at outside locations where we have to contend with ambient noise,” he explains. “The d:screet™
4060s are ideal because their small size makes it possible to hide them in Joss’s clothes so that they are not obviously in shot. We mount them in a DPA concealer that holds the microphone firmly in place and helps reduce noise from her clothing. This has proved to be the best, most consistent and efficient way to capture audio while still being ‘discreet’ about it. And, of course, it sounds fantastic, too.”
Sennett adds that his regular workflow for mixing these collaborations had been shortened because less work is needed to get a great sound in difficult environments.
“Using the concealer really helps with wind reduction and, so far, I’ve only had to add extra wind protection on one occasion – when we were recording in a desert with high winds,” he says. “That video has created a lot of interest with people asking if we overdubbed, but we didn’t, and that’s down to the spectacular sound quality of these microphones.”
While accompanying Joss Stone around the globe, Sennett looks after all technical aspects of the production and records audio for the collaborations and charity visits. He also mans a camera whilst recording the collaborations as they only have one main videographer with them. Travelling with him are two d:screet™
4060 microphones two d:vote™
4099 Instrument Microphones, which are used for Stone’s concert performances in each location.