UK pop artist FKA twigs is relying on a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone to deliver vocals to audiences across the USA.
FKA twig's switch to DPA's d:facto vocal microphone was inspired by her front of house engineer Andy Carrington. He recommended a wireless version, in conjunction with a Sennheiser 5000 wireless system, to give her maximum flexibility on stage.
"DPA's UK distributor Sound Network introduced me to d:facto and when I first tried it I was very impressed with its natural response," Carrington explained. "It was quite a surprise to A/B the capsule with the model I've been using for a number of years and hear how coloured the other model actually sounded. I couldn't believe I'd been using it for so long and I was very happy to make the switch so that I could get the voice as it is supposed to sound."
Carrington, who has worked with a plethora of top acts including The Kills and Super Furry Animals, believes the d:facto is perfect for capturing the essence of FKA twigs and conveying the purity of her vocals.
"As we are using a different sound system in every venue, we are not travelling with a lot of gear," he remarked. "However, what we do carry has been chosen for its ability to deliver great results. The d:facto vocal microphone certainly falls into that category."
As a top sound engineer, Carrington is no stranger to DPA microphones and has recently been using the company's d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to amplify the brass section on a Super Furry Animals tour.
"I was really pleased with the results," he said. "They handled a wide dynamic range with ease, picking up lots of subtleties on the quieter parts and coping with the harsher moments whilst retaining a natural response."
FKA twigs' international tour continues over the summer and will take in a number of key festivals including Glastonbury, Parklife and Bestival in the UK; Lollapalooza in the US and Fuji Rock in Japan.