MI2N
Music Industry News Network
SUNDAY, APRIL 20TH
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Tech News (more headlines) 02-25-2014

DPA Microphones Turns The Beat Around For Gloria Estefan

Bookmark and Share
Website: http://www.dpamicrophones.com
MIAMI, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 ― When seven-time Grammy® winner Gloria Estefan belts it out during a live performance, her ear is trained to pick up on any imperfections. That’s why her long-time monitor engineer, Craig Melvin, relies on the precision of DPA Microphones to eliminate noise and capture the natural sound of the live instruments used during Estefan’s orchestra-based performances. To meet these audio requirements, Melvin depends on a combination of DPA 4023 Compact Cardioid Microphones, d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphones.

Melvin has employed the d:dicate 4011s for years in a rock music setting, but until recently, had not considered using them as orchestra mics. After hearing a live orchestra performance that had incredible sound, and discovered that DPA mics were behind the excellent audio.

He knew instantly that he had found the string mic for which he was looking. “DPA Microphones didn’t originally cross my mind when I was looking for a replacement string microphone,” recalls Melvin. “Then, my ears were opened to the possibilities of these mics. Orchestra miking is a different animal. It doesn’t have as much close miking as you find in rock music. Once Eric Schilling (recording engineer for Estefan) and I heard the DPAs used for the violins, there was no going back to anything else. Add to that the benefits of all of the mounting hardware and it was a no brainer.”

As for Estefan’s opinion of the mics, Melvin says, “Gloria is not only an accomplished singer, but a great musician as well, so she picks up on subtleties in her audio. I’m responsible for what she hears in her ear monitors. She knows how things should sound and she can detect any compression artifacts immediately. She’s got a great ear and, having just finished recording her Standards with an orchestra in a studio setting, I appreciated hearing her positive comments about the live sound we achieved with the DPA mics.”

Shortly after personally purchasing a supply of DPA Microphones to bring on the road during Estefan’s promotional tour, Melvin knew he wanted to add more to his collection. He found himself admiring the DPA d:vote with the magnetic mounts for the Steinway grand piano, which he complimented with a DPA d:screet 4061 in the hole. As that worked out very well, Melvin was ready to add more DPAs to his setup.

“DPA Microphones are solid workhorses, so much more consistent than some other microphones that we had used,” explains Melvin. “Our thought process was, if DPA is making mics for strings, then those are the mics we need. It was that simple. We did a couple of the orchestra gigs and that’s when I purchased all the DPA mics. I wanted to have that consistency for all the shows going forward.”

Now, with an inventory that features a variety of DPA Microphones, Melvin is always ready to experiment with different combinations to find the best sound possible. “We did a show with the DPA d:vote 4099 on the Steinway grand piano and kept the d:screet 4061 in the hole. I was amazed at how great that sounded,” he notes. “The d:vote works great for the Steinway, and the magnetic mounts make it so easy.”

The d:vote mounting hardware for the violins, violas and cellos allow the musicians to easily adjust the positioning on their own to meet their comfort and bowing needs without compromising the sound during a performance. Included in Melvin’s microphone collection is the d:dicate 4011, which is ideal for close miking instruments in a live performance or studio setting. This provides for accuracy, uniform off-axis response and low distortion of the natural sound. Melvin currently relies on the 4011 for flutes and saxophones.

Even today, Melvin considers adding more DPA Microphones to assist his monitoring needs, with his eye on the drums next. “I was thinking about picking up a couple of d:vote mounts for drums,” he adds. “I’ve heard people say how well they work for toms and hand drums. I used the original version of the 4011s with the 4003 Omni Microphone early in my career with Gloria for the kick and snare drums. We did a show a while back where it was just a pair of 4003s on the drums with a separate kick mic, and it was perfect for that jazz style.”

Estefan recently released her 23rd studio album, The Standards, which received a Grammy® nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In addition to her musical career, Estefan is an actress and entrepreneur. She co-owns multiple restaurants and hotels in Miami with her husband, Emilio Estefan. The Latin crossover artist is currently in pre-production for an autobiographical Broadway show.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Shanghai - A Live Concert Streamed Globally

Taiwan Rock Band Io Homecoming Concert At Canadian Music Festival

A Festival Giving Back To The Men And Women Who Gave To Us

Rapper NazB Brings Greater Awareness Through His Lyrics On "Rape (Shame)"

Taiwan Announces First Ever Export Mission To Canada For Canadian Music Week 2014

Al Ca$ino, Too $hort, And Clyde Carson Drop Remixes For Hit Single, "Only For Tonight"

Dongless Eventide H3000 Factory And Blackhole Update Posted

Former Journey Frontman Robert Fleischman Releases New Album "Majestic" With Band The SKY On Skyzilla Music

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» New Research Shows How Online Retailers Can Tackle Music Piracy
» Fender Audio Adds New Portable Audio Systems To Popular Passport Line
» Record Labels Sue Megaupload For Massive Copyright Theft
» Coldrain Sign To Hopeless Records
» The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived
» Erin Moore Named As New Executive Director At Astoria Performing Arts Center
» National Music Organizations Join Voices To Oppose Cuts To VSB Music Programs
» Wooozy Offline #2: Bok Bok
» First Audio/Video Release In Ancient Future History Drops On Earth Day
» The Smashing Pumpkins Sign Artist Services Deal With BMG


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» Tortoise China Tour - Beijing
» Taiwan Rock Band Io Homecoming Concert At Canadian Music Festival
» Wooozy Offline #2: Bok Bok
» The Philadelphia Orchestra In Shanghai - A Live Concert Streamed Globally
» Taiwan Bands Join Canadian Music Festival (Chinese Version)
» MusicDish & Indiloop Present: The "Meet Taiwan" Remix Contest
» Pairs (Shanghai) New Album 'Brief Lesbian'
» Beijing Solo Acts GUIGUISUISUI And Thruoutin To Tour Taiwan
» A Festival Giving Back To The Men And Women Who Gave To Us
» Executive Wach: Berklee College Of Music, BMG, SOCAN, SESAC, Riptide Music Group, CISAC
» Taiwan Announces First Ever Export Mission To Canada For Canadian Music Week 2014
» Interview With C-pop Industry Veteran Billy Koh

Order an Mi2N Music PR package for an opportunity to submit a song for FREE to one of the hundreds of industry opportunities available through Music Xray


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2014 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.