Eddie Mapp, Paramore’s front-of-house engineer, has chosen DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate 2011C Compact Cardioid Microphones to help provide Paramore’s touring drummer with clean, clear, and precise percussion. Equipped with universal mounts, these mics ensure that every stop on the band’s self-titled international tour features the natural sound of each percussion instrument.
Mapp has been using the d:votes on his acoustic guitar in the studio for quite some time, but received a tip to try them out on the drum kits from Metallica’s front-of-house engineer Big Mick Hughes, who had recently made the switch to DPA for Metallica’s last tour and accompanying movie release.
“I run into a lot of other engineers who are curious as to what I have been using to mic snare drums,” said Mapp. “Mick learned about DPA Microphones from the production engineers working on Metallica’s 3D movie. He suggested I check them out – so I did. The first chance I had to try them on the drums was when I joined Paramore on tour in February. The band members were used to a specific sound from their mics, so I tried not to change it too much. The only change I have made so far is to use the d:votes and 2011Cs for the drum kit, and everyone loves it. We’ve done a lot of different press and promotions around the world and every engineer who hears the band is always instantly impressed with how natural the sound is from the drums.”
Mapp attaches several d:vote microphones to the stand below each crash and ride cymbal, as well as another for hi-hat. He also relies on the d:vote to mic underneath the snare and a DPA 2011C for close-miking the snare top.
“I just find that it is really easy to fit the snare drum with a DPA mic wherever you need it in the mix, as opposed to some mics from other manufacturers,” he continued. “I was blown away the first time I put the d:vote on the snare. It is my favourite snare microphone that I have ever had. As for the cymbals, I’ve done spot mics for many years and the d:vote is very impressive. Other microphones that I have tried end up rolling the sound off prematurely, but with DPA it extends that high sound.
“The d:votes’ tiny cables make it look fragile, but we haven’t had a single issue. I hope to use more of DPA’s microphones in the future. I’ve heard the 2011C is phenomenal on guitar; I just haven’t had the opportunity to try that yet.”