Comprised of three cellists and a percussionist, Break of Reality has discovered DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone and its clip for the cello.
“We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “Before we switched to DPA, we went through every type of pickup and eventually we got sick of the lack of a real cello sound. After that, we moved to a microphone system that had clip-on mics, but they weren’t specialised for string instruments like the d:vote 4099. With the old mics, we created a cable tie system to hold the mic securely to the instrument, because if we didn’t, the mic would occasionally fall off. We don’t have any of these problems with the d:vote 4099.
“We were very limited with our setup,” he continues. “If we had two back-to-back gigs in different places, we would have to cut off our whole cable tie system and take the microphones off. Now, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup. The mics have a great sound, too. The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue.
“What’s especially cool about the mics is that we’re going to be using them in all types of venues on this tour, and that’s a big thing for us,” shares Laird. “Previously, when we performed at nice venues, we placed higher quality mics in front of the instruments to produce a better sound. When we played rock clubs, we had to go back to using pickups because our mics had feedback issues. But all that is behind us now. The d:vote is so versatile that we can use it as a professional microphone in 15,000-seat performing arts centre auditoriums or for a simple amplification setup in small rock clubs."