Up-and-coming pop artist Halsey has been using DPA microphones on her world tour.
The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album tour visited cities in the USA and Canada in the latter half of 2017, with Halsey using the D:facto vocal microphone throughout.
FOH engineer Vincent Casamatta and monitor engineer Scott Wasilk chose a range of products from the DPA range to suit the singer’s audience interaction that would often find her standing in front of the PA addressing the crowd.
“Every singer and every situation is different, but like other modern pop concerts we have an artist that spends a good deal of time in front of the PA interacting with the crowd,” says Wasilk.
Rejection and bleed are important issues for monitors and out front. I have found microphones with tighter patterns that reject more tend to have a very harsh, almost shotgun mic quality that tends to bleed through. With the D:facto, we don’t have that issue”
Another issue the engineers faced in the past was the lack of usable high-frequency response at the front of house. Casamatta said: “Prior to using the d:facto, we were left to choose between a microphone with good rejection that was very dull, or a microphone with studio quality high end but with a wide pattern. Halsey spends so much time in front of the PA that we need both a great high end and great rejection. The D:facto has clean high frequency response and tight pattern control in a way we haven’t experienced before. It has addressed usable high-frequency response at the front of house, which is pretty amazing.”