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Ellie Goulding switches to DPA

Award-winning British singer songwriter Ellie Goulding has switched to a DPA d:facto vocal microphone after trying it for the first time at the Chime for Change concert, which took place in London in June.

Award-winning British singer songwriter Ellie Goulding has switched to a DPA d:facto vocal microphone after trying it for the first time at the Chime for Change concert, which took place in London in June. Goulding’s FOH engineer Oz Bagnall and monitor engineer James Neale were introduced to the d:facto vocal microphone by Dave Kay at Adlib Audio. He recommended it as an ideal replacement for the hardwired microphone she had been using on her previous European tour. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was able to arrange a demo just prior to the Chime for Change concert, and Bagnall and Neale were so impressed by its performance that they bought one. We both felt it was the best microphone for Ellie,” Neale said. “She is really happy with it and is now using it for all her live performances.” Goulding’s first proper try out with the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone came at sound check for The Sound of Change, which featured sets from a host of international stars including Beyoncé, Florence and the Machine, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Rita Ora, and marked the launch of a new global campaign by Gucci to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. “At Chime for Change our slot in the concert program put us on the side stage so that the main stage could be reset for Beyoncé. This meant that Ellie was in front of and in between the SL main and side PA hangs, which from a sound quality perspective is not an ideal position,” said Bagnall. “However, thanks to the DPA d:facto vocal microphone, the sound we got in the stadium was great. I was so pleased that we were able to take delivery of the wireless version of the d:facto before Chime for Change – and very grateful for the help Sound Network and Adlib Audio gave us.” www.dpamicrophones.com

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