John Tinline from Encore is also impressed with the new d:facto™ Linear Vocal Microphone
and has already invested in the new VL capsules
, making Encore the first company in the UK to have them available for hire.
“For touring bands, the quality of the loudspeaker enclosures and the microphones are critical,” Tinline says. “We’ve addressed the speakers by stocking D&B, while for microphones we have chosen DPA. The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone
has been part of our hire inventory since it was first released so it made sense to add the new VL capsules to our stock. They take the d:facto™ into completely new territory by solving the problems rock bands were having with crosstalk. Tool is a good example – they love the new capsule and that’s a band that likes to play loud.”
Nobby, who began working in live sound during the punk era, has had a long and illustrious FOH career. He has worked at the Astoria, The Marquee and the 100 Club in London and toured the world with artists and bands such as System of a Down, Joan Armatrading, Heather Nova, 30 Seconds to Mars and Rage Against the Machine.
“When I first started out, money was so tight that you had to make sure everything was working properly,” he says, “You also had to make sure it was very loud. PA technology in those days wasn’t new but it was still a bit Neanderthal. Now we have much better equipment and many more choices. I'm an independent operator and always have been so I've never really had to tow a company line. This means I have the freedom to go with what works best.”