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DPA’s high-altitude recording session with Sa Dingding

DPA 4006A and 4011A microphones were used to record Chinese monks at over 4,000 meters above sea level. Internationally acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Sa Dingding used the tracks on her latest album, The Coming Ones.

Danish producer and engineer Hans Nielsen of Denmark’s Focus Recording Studios relied on DPA 4006A and 4011A microphones to record a choir of 500 monks in a Chinese temple that was over 4,000 meters above sea level. The high-altitude recording was used for internationally acclaimed Chinese folk singer/songwriter Sa Dingding’s latest album, The Coming Ones. “Sa Dingding wanted to include the Monk’s choir in her album, so we travelled to the temple, which was high up in the mountains near Tibet,” Nielsen said. “The monks were singing a mass and we captured their performance using nine DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones and one DPA 4011A cardioid. Then, later that night, we used the same microphones to record a choir of 100 monks so that their singing could also be incorporated into two of Sa Dingding’s album tracks.” Two days later, and this time at an altitude of 2,000 meters, Nielsen recorded a 50-strong Christian choir (pictured) for the album, using the same mics. “I did have other microphones with me but only the DPAs were able to cope with the extremely thin air. Everything else I tried was just too noisy and couldn’t cope with the atmospheric conditions. I was incredibly happy with the results we achieved using the DPA microphones – and so was Sa Dingding.” www.dpamicrophones.com

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