FOH and monitor engineer Gabriel Ramos has spoken out about his preference for DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones when working with his various international clients, which include Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Yandel, singer-songwriter Prince Royce and Latin Grammy winner Luis Fonsi.
According to Ramos, one of his biggest challenges with mics in the past had been using models with different polar patterns, capsule sizes and other features to obtain a specific sound for every element on the stage. With DPA, Ramos says he only has to use the d:vote 4099 for all the elements he needs.
“For Yandel’s ‘Dangerous’ tour, we decided to use DPA microphones because for this genre of music, the principal sounds, known as ‘dembow,’ are recorded and/or generated in the studio,” remarked Ramos. “When combining the dembow live with a band, we needed microphones with the capacity to be naturally transparent that could cut through the dembow, while at the same time allowing us to manipulate them to obtain other sounds to be in tune with the show. With the d:vote 4099 mics, we were able to achieve that and more.”
Ramos is currently using the d:vote 4099s for percussion, including the snare top and bottom, hi-hat and toms. “The DPA mic’s performance is quite spectacular,” he continued. “Its projection, quality and sound is extremely impressive and the d:vote 4099 is a mic that I have been seeking for many years. It’s gratifying to hear other engineers on the road ask what microphones you are using. They validate that I made the right decision to transition to DPA mics.”
Moving forward, Ramos plans to not only continue using the company's microphones, but expand his DPA inventory. “In the very near future we will add d:dicate 2011A Cardioid Microphones for the hi-hat, overheads and guitars, as well as d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Microphones for both snare tops. For the backup vocals, we plan on purchasing the d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone Capsules.”