“The project we are doing at the Volkstheater Vienna involves six actors on stage with six musicians. I wanted to record the run through rehearsal as a document and to see where we might want to make changes. I used the MMA-A in conjunction with my phone and a d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphone
. It was surprisingly easy to use and the recording was very good. The great thing about the MMA-A is that you can record stereo audio (which is why I am buying another d:dicate™
4011!) and combine it with the video camera on your phone to capture high quality sound and pictures. If you want to overdub, connect the MMA-A to your laptop or iPad so that you have a headphone jack.”
The son of a luthier and a violinist since the age of four, Tunkowitsch studied at the University of Arts and Music in Vienna and went on to play for the RSO (Radio Symphony Orchestra) Vienna. He now tackles contemporary as well as classical music and, alongside Musikbanda Franui, he also plays in a band called Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln that mixes old Viennese music with new compositions and arrangements.
Tunkowitsch is no stranger the DPA technology as he has long been using the company’s d:vote™ 4099
instrument microphones to amplify the many instruments he plays, which include the violin, viola, guitar, trumpet and flugelhorn.
“My decision to invest in a DPA microphone was taken 10 years ago when I was looking for a close miking solution for my violin,” he explains. “It is not possible for me to use pick-ups (except on my electric violin), so when I was advised to try the d:vote™ 4099
I was pleasantly surprised because it was exactly what I wanted. I am now experimenting with delay and my loop station to bring my trumpet and flugelhorn on stage in combination with my ‘electric’ violin (which is actually a normal classic violin with a Yamaha Violin Pickup mounted into the bridge). This will allow me to use my ‘normal’ violin as the lead instrument. All of this is a job for my d:vote™ 4099s because they are very lightweight and very resistant to acoustic outside influences, making them the ideal microphone choice if I want to switch to different instruments during a live performance. They also give me the close miking I need for the loop station.”