Last weekend, indie rock luminaries Bombay Bicycle Club became the very last band to play London's legendary Earls Court venue, which is soon to be demolished.
Their world tour was notable for being the first time the band used DPA microphones extensively on the road.
Tour manager Steven Down said: "Jon Burton, the previous FOH engineer, brought the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone to our attention while he was reviewing equipment for one of the pro audio magazines. Jack Steadman (lead vocals) gave it a go during the warm up tour we did at the start of this campaign and he was very impressed with the clarity compared to the dynamic mics we had been using previously.
"More recently we have started using d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid units on the kick and snare and some d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones on the toms with great results."
Downs added that the Bombay Bicycle Club show moves from songs with loud distorted guitars and heavy drums to quiet and intimate piano and vocal solos. "I think the dynamic range and the frequency response of the d:facto really allows Jack to perform with confidence in all situations," he said.
Also happily not messing around with EQ too much is Simon Lutkin, freelance sound engineer and production manager who first took over monitors for the band during their Different Kind Of Fix tour in 2012.
“The d:facto Vocal Microphone really helps control the ambience for the main singers,” Lutkin said. “Compared to other mics, as well as having a pretty tight pickup pattern, the overall tone of the spill is much nicer to listen to. In a live scenario you are always up against bleed from other sources, but with this set of mics the spill is much more pleasant sounding and therefore can be a help rather than a hindrance."
All of the band's DPA mics were supplied by the company's UK distributor Sound Network. Alongside the d:facto, the tour configuration sees Lutkin use d:dicate 2011C mics on both kick and snare because they are small enough to be deployed exactly where he wants them and light enough to stay in place without putting any pressure on the stand or clamp. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are also in use for rack, floor, crash, ride and the brass section.”
"In a live scenario you can’t always place mics exactly where you want for a variety of reasons, so having a set of mics that work well wherever you put them is a real positive,” concluded Lutkin. “All the DPA mics we use on Bombay, like all the ones I have used in the past, never fail to impress day after day.”