Sting used four of DPA‘s new hand-held d:facto vocal microphones for his recent ‘Back to Bass’ tour of Europe and the Far East.
The mics were ordered from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and delivered to Clair Brothers‘ European office in plenty of time to be included in the equipment packages for the tour. Sting uses two touring systems – ‘A’ and ‘B’ – each containing two d:factos – one as the main microphone and one for back up.
The singer’s front of house engineer Howard Page said: “The d:facto’s definition and clarity was a huge update on our Sting shows and worked just as well for the in-ear monitors that Sting listened to. It is an absolutely unique microphone that has an amazing transient response and just the right amount of proximity without the normal problems of on/off tonal differences.”
Page – senior director of engineering at Clair Brothers in the USA – was recommended the DPA d:facto by recording engineer Donal Hodgson, who had been using it to record Sting in the studio.
“Donal knew that I had been looking for a later technology microphone for Sting on our live shows,” Page continued. “If Donal was happy with it in the exacting environment of a recording studio, then I knew I certainly would be as well.”
Sting’s long working relationship with Howard Page meant that he was also happy to try the d:facto in a live environment. “Sting and I have a very good relationship and he trusts me on all things audio, so when I asked him to try the d:facto he was more than willing to go with it,” Page revealed.
“We did shows in France, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Korea, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Jakarta, so it was a huge amount of travelling. On this most recent leg of the tour I have been in some venues with real long reverb times and the d:facto just cuts through perfectly without losing the tight, natural full range tone I need for Sting’s voice.”
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