San Diego Symphony Uses DPA Mics For Live Instruments

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Power Plus Sound & Lighting Inc. provided high-quality audio reinforcement for the San Diego Symphony, and audio engineer David Leyton needed a specialized microphone for Ilmar Gavilan, the Cuban-born violinist in Doc Severinsen’s Latin band.

Leyton auditioned several mics for the project before choosing the DPA 4061. He characterizes the reaction musicians had to the miniature condenser in a typically straightforward way, “They play for a few seconds, look up and say, ‘We want to use that one.’

“We need a very high-quality mic to use on the strings to get more gain with pop and rock acts, and because of the high SPL this microphone can handle, it can be used in virtually any application. What’s beautiful about the string mounting system is its non-invasive rubber mount that hooks onto the strings behind the bridge.

“A lot of violinists are hesitant to hook anything right onto the bridge because it’s part of the intonation of the instrument and they don’t want to damage their instruments,” Leyton added. “But with the DPA system, you don’t leave any marks on the instrument or change its timbre. It’s brilliant and very easy to use. I was able to train several musicians on it in very short order. In a nutshell, it’s the sound quality of a large studio condenser in a very unobtrusive miniature package with a tremendous amount of versatility from their many mounting accessories.”

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