Classical musician Ramon Figueras recently used a DPA d:vote 4099T Instrument Microphone for Trumpet to record audio for a video project that highlights the variety and diversity of his life as a professional trumpeter.
Entitled My Day, the video features multiple screens showing Figueras playing many different styles of music, from classical to Balkan, folk, jazz and Latin – and a bit of improvisation thrown in for good measure. Figueras changes his clothes to suit the style of music being played and to give the viewer a feel of the variety of his day.
“I have always studied classical music but since I was 15, I have been sharing my trumpet with many styles and bands,” he explains. “My life has been – and is – divided in different music styles and profiles. All of them have the trumpet in common and myself as a performer, so I wanted to make a video that showed something of this divided feeling and how I live the life that I love.”
Figueras invested in his own d:vote 4099T Instrument Microphone for Trumpet after being introduced to it by Daniel Lazar, the violin player with The Kuraybers, a world music band from Oslo in which Figueras plays trumpet.
He explains: “I used it during a soundcheck and was very impressed. It really was a wow sensation. I had played with many clip microphones in the past but the d:vote 4099T was easily the best, so I bought one for myself.”
A key advantage of the d:vote 4099T is the ease with which Figueras can attach it to his trumpet using the dedicated trumpet clip.
“The clip is very easy to use and very gentle on the instrument,” he says. “I also really like the microphone’s clear sound, transparency and versatility. I have used it to record guitar, trumpet, voice, drum set, piccolo trumpet and trumpet with different mutes, and I have always obtained a satisfying result. Even after many tours, gigs and trips, it still works as well as it did the first day I got it, and during that time the sound engineers I have worked with have always been very happy with my choice of microphone.”
Figueras currently holds the associate principal trumpet position at Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden. He combines this job with two other main projects: The Kuraybers and Doctor Prats, a pop band from Barcelona that has now released two albums.
“A normal day for me can start with a morning of rehearsals with the orchestra and finish with a recording session for one of my other projects,” he says. “Capturing this diversity is what My Day is all about. I began the project by first composing the whole tune and then recording it using my d:vote 4099T. The music has many tracks and layers so I recorded it trumpet by trumpet and then mixed it. Once it was mixed, my girlfriend Sara Bretones filmed the music video using nothing more than a tripod phone holder and an iPhone.”
Since completing My Day, Figueras has started his own YouTube channel where he shares music-entertainment videos. His latest video, which also features his d:vote microphone, is entitled Trumpet Meets Electric Guitar.
“I’m currently playing with the Wermland Opera orchestra and preparing new material for my channel,” he says. “I will soon release a collection of videos called Ramon & Friends, where I play some of my new tunes with good friends and awesome musicians who have recorded their parts in many different countries including Spain, Norway, Poland and Argentina.”