Donal Hodgson wins Emmy for Sting project

Recording engineer Donal Hodgson has received an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on A&E’s Private Sessions, Sting at Red Rocks.

Hodgson, along with audio team Blake Norton and Carlos Hernandez, won the Emmy for the one-hour US show, showcasing exclusive performances with high-profile artists and performers. He recorded and mixed the songs for the broadcast using DPA 4099s across the orchestra, including violins, violas, cellos, double bass and brass.

Having recently returned from working on a new project with Sting in Italy, Hodgson’s next job is to record the artist’s 25th anniversary show at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. “Wherever I go to work now, the 4099s come with me,” he said, adding that he is also taking a pair of 4011A cardioid mics from DPA’s new Reference Standard series and a pair of 4023 compact cardioids to New York. “I don’t work if I don’t have my DPAs with me.”