Anyone who has heard a recent Alicia Keys song, or has attended one of her live concerts during her Set The World On Fire Tour, has experienced the sound of a DPA d:dicate Recording Microphone. That’s because engineer Ann Mincieli, who is Keys’ studio technical director and album coordinator and helps with tour programming, uses DPA mics to supply a versatile and pristine sound for Keys’ piano on the road and during studio sessions at Mincieli’s Jungle City Studios in New York.
Among Mincieli’s DPA collection are several 4023 Compact Cardioid Microphones, as well as the 4011A Cardioid Microphone and 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone. “I first started using DPA Microphones because they are really low profile and sound incredible,” said Mincieli. “With the live show kit for the 4023 microphones, I’m able to get an incredible piano tone with the lid closed, which allows me to hide the cables. I sometimes use the 4011s on acoustic guitars, but they’re my choice microphones for recording Alicia’s piano. All of the company’s microphones sound incredible and are really versatile.”
First introduced to DPA Microphones by Eli Ward, production manager on Keys’ last tour, which was entirely acoustic, Mincieli found the 4023 Compact Cardioid Microphone to be just the element she needed to bring out the best sound of the musician’s piano.
“When I first heard the microphones, I was just blown away,” continued Mincieli. “We had been experimenting with a few other mics and I just knew the DPA 4023s were the perfect fit. They’re versatile mics that can transition from the stage to promo events to the studio. The 4023s are especially incredible microphones that really fill the void left by other products on the market. Many people will forgo trying to perfect the musician’s sound and will start using a module because they don’t have the right microphones. The 4023s provide a really beautiful, warm tone and a low profile that makes it easier for production crew members to incorporate them unobtrusively into the visual aesthetics needed for a set.”