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A dose of Symphonicity for DPA on Sting tour

David Davies 25 October 2010
A dose of Symphonicity for DPA on Sting tour

‘Gordon Sumner with strings’ is the general vibe of the latest world tour by former Police frontman and solo artist Sting. Accompanied by a full orchestra, the Symphonicity tour sees Sting perform comprehensively rearranged versions of major hits and classic album tracks. FOH engineer Howard Page (pictured) – who is senior director of engineering at Clair Brothers – had already used DPA mics with Sting during last winter’s cathedral concerts. For the new shows, the entire string section – nine first violins, seven second violins, seven violas, five celli and three basses – was miked with 4099 clip-ons, with several more on radio packs for clarinet and trumpet soloists. Having decided against the traditional symphonic miking approach of sharing mics between two chairs or desks, Page has found the DPAs give him “absolute separation: when I turn on a DPA 4099 on one violin I get one violin and barely anything else, which gives me incredible signal to noise. I also get more headroom on an overall string session than I’ve ever had on an orchestra before; traditionally you’re up against a feedback threshold, and your show is compromised by how loud you can go. But the DPAs are so immediate that by clever use of overall reverb, I can move sections forward to get more presence for certain songs, or more natural reverb across them all.” “Word about the DPA 4099 is, believe me, getting around. Everyone raves about how the strings sound on this show, and the reviews all mention how rich the orchestra sounds.” www.dpamicrophones.com

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