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Esperanza Spalding on tour with DPA

Erica Basnicki 18 September 2012
Esperanza Spalding on tour with DPA

American multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding is currently touring with her new project Radio Music Society with a set-up of DPA microphones, including the new DPA d:facto vocal microphone.   In 2011, Spalding won a Grammy for Best New Artist, becoming the first jazz musicians to do so. Her career also includes collaborations with great artists like Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano.   Jaime Armengol, Spalding’s sound engineer, decided on DPA microphones for her 2012 tour:   “To begin with I didn’t tell Esperanza that I had changed her microphone, but when we started sound checking she said ‘what did you do with my vocal? It sounds much better and more natural’,” he explained. “After that we decided to make the switch to the d:facto and Esperanza is now using it for her vocals during this year’s touring.   “It is a very clean microphone, which is typical of the sound you expect from DPA. I usually use a channel strip (first brands like Universal Audio, Empirical Labs, Millennia, Avalon etc) and the clarity at all frequencies is really impressive. The frequency response cuts the lows appropriately and it has a nice HF boost. It is evident that its capsule comes from one of the best mics ever – the DPA 4011 cardioid microphone. I was really impressed with the optimized proximity effect and so far I have not had any problems with feedback or pop and handling noise. I also liked the linearity in frequency and phase and the impressive off-axis response. It is a powerful microphone and DPA has done a really good job!”

Photo credit: Carlos Pericá   www.dpamicrophones.com  

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