FOH engineer 'very impressed' with DPA microphones on Tears for Fears tour

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British pop band Tears for Fears are using DPA microphones for vocals and instruments on their current tour.

FOH Engineer Doug Kimball, who has mixed for acts including Aerosmith and Lady Gaga, chose the brand’s products on fellow sound engineers' recommendations.

“After doing some research and having additional discussions, I decided to use DPA on the Tears for Fears 2017 tour,” he said. “In the short time that I have been using DPA, I have been very impressed. I now understand why my peers were so high on DPA.”

For vocals on the tour, Kimball is using DPA’s D:facto Vocal Microphones. “The D:facto vocal microphones are more natural sounding and have a better rejection than anything I have used in the past,” he commented.

“The guys in the band quickly noticed how their vocals sounded and liked what they heard. Their voices were natural without being coloured by the microphone.”

Kimball is also using DPA’s D:vote 4099D Instrument Microphone for Drums on toms and D:dictate 2011C Cardioid mics on hi-hats.

“The d:vote 4099D allows for high-quality audio capture on the toms,” adds Kimball. “Not only are they very small and stay out of the way, but they require no EQ and deliver an amazing natural sound.”


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