Joe Hellow, FoH engineer for Post Malone, has been using DPA Microphones’ d:facto 4018VL vocal microphone on the rapper, singer and songwriter’s current world tour.
“We built a signal chain that is strong on all fronts, truly bringing the studio to the stage,” said Hellow. “Pre-show efforts begin well before hitting the stage, track programming and pre-mixing album stems for live, playback design, as well as the vocal presets and tools to capture Post Malone’s sound. This process, with tools like DPA’s d:facto 4018VL, gives us the advantage and capability to rework the live show to sound authentic to the album.
“With the d:facto 4018VL, you can have a loud stage with controllable crowd bleed. You can also add a Rupert Neve 5045 Primary Source Enhancer to have fully isolated studio sound.”
Hellow noted that in Post Malone’s case, there is a guitar on stage so the mic does a great job of isolating while also getting the warmth and crispness of the high end that is wanted from a vocal mic. He also has more control over EQing with DPA and is able to take away frequencies since all the healthy ones present to the ear are already there.
“There’s no other mic like the d:facto 4018VL,” added Hellow. “I use this transducer to capture Post Malone’s dynamic, high-impact voice. When using the d:facto 4018VL, most of the artists I work with notice right away that they’re on something superior to what they have used previously.”
Post Malone recently performed “Rockstar” and “Stay” with his d:facto 4018VL mic at the 2019 Grammys, before joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for “Dark Necessities.” Malone is currently on a world tour, which has stops in Manchester, Birmingham, Berlin, Glasgow and London’s O2 Arena throughout the summer.