Sound engineers Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo and Brad Divens have been relying on DPA Microphones for Latin pop rock artist Enrique Iglesias’ current tour.
For the tour, Caipo handles mixing monitors and Divens serves as FOH engineer. They are using DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones on the backup singers, d:vote 4099D Instrument Microphones on the congas and percussion, and the d:dicate 2011C Cardioid Microphone specifically for the snare drum.
“Brad and I have been on tour with Enrique Iglesias and heard a lot of great things about DPA Microphones,” Caipo remarked. “When we were offered a demo package to try out the company’s mics, we were thrilled. We were both immediately blown away by the sound. The quality is above and beyond anything we were using in the past. It was immediately obvious that there was no going back to our existing equipment, and we have been using DPA ever since.”
“Enrique’s background singers stand next to the drum kit, so there was a lot of bleed in the mics we had been using before,” said Divens. “With the d:facto Vocal Microphones in place, that is no longer an issue. Because of the tighter pattern, we have less bleed or unwanted ambient noise issues from drums and percussion into the mics. The mics are clean, present and sit right in the mix. They don’t pick up anything but the amazing voices of the background singers, and that’s exactly what you look for in a vocal microphone.”
Caipo and Divens, who have worked with some of the world’s biggest recording artists, have also noticed the benefits the DPA microphones provide for EQing. “I find that I can put back some EQ that I would normally cut out, especially in the low mid area,” said Divens. “The top end of these mics are so smooth that I find myself adding only a touch of air for some added presence.”
Since being introduced to DPA, Caipo and Divens have both become believers and plan on using them going forward. According to Caipo, “DPA microphones are truly amazing. They have turned into a secret weapon, but the secret is quickly getting out. I have a recording facility where I record a lot of acoustic instruments; mostly Nylon guitars and percussion, and I can’t wait to try the mics on those. I also have my eyes on the d:dicate 4011 Cardioid Microphone and the d:dicate 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone.”
Divens echoes Caipo’s sentiments. “DPA mics have performed flawlessly and will always be a part of any future project that I am involved in. I look forward to trying out the d:dicate 2011 and the d:dicate 4011 on other instruments. If you haven’t tried these microphones, do yourself a favour and check them out. You will not be disappointed.”