DPA Microphones aided Keaton Henson and the Josella String Quartet’s performance at Southbank Centre’s James Lavelle's Meltdown festival.
Mark Portlock, front of house sound engineer, put DPA’s d:facto Vocal Mic in front of Henson. “Keaton needs a live mic that gives consistent frequency response no matter whether he sings right into the mic or not. The d:facto’s frequency response is superb on- and off-axis and you can hear every word and note, soft or loud, that Keaton sings,” says Portlock.
“We also use DPA mics on the strings – the d:vote 4099’s on viola and violin and the [d :dicate] 4011A and [d :vote] 4099 double miking the all-important cello close and ambiently. For this gig Keaton played the piano, which I miked up with a stereo pair of 4011As and 4015As for ambient mics. It was up there with the most natural piano sound I’ve ever heard.”