DPA helps Moddi blend cassette technology into live gigs

Sound engineer Tom Meyer turned to DPA when Norwegian folk artist, Pål Moddi Knutsen, asked him to amplify an old Philips cassette player for use during his recent live gigs.

The cassette player has become a vital piece of equipment for Moddi, who uses the machine on two songs from his recently released Unsongs album.

Meyer (pictured), who has worked with Moddi for the last 10 years, is a fan of DPA and has more than 20 of the company’s microphones in his collection, from d:vote Instrument Microphones and d:facto Vocal Microphones to d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones.

“When Moddi turned up with the cassette player I was a bit surprised,” explained Meyer, who runs TM Tour Productions in Bardu, North Norway. “My solution was to use a DPA d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone so that we could get the best possible sound and still keep the stage tidy and free from unwanted mic stands. Moddi never uses monitors, so we had more than enough headroom for the PA. We used a DPA Universal Surface Mount to position the microphone on top of the cassette player so that we could capture sound from the internal speaker. It worked really well and allowed us to incorporate the cassette player into his live performance.”

Moddi recently completed a 13-date tour of Europe and followed that with a five date Norwegian tour, where he performed with a band and a string ensemble from the Arhkangelsk Chamber Orchestra. “Right now my favourite DPA product is the d:facto Vocal Microphone: it’s the best vocal mic I’ve ever tried, especially for rock singers. I’ve also been using it on Moddi’s live dates and it sounds fantastic with his voice,” Meyer added.

The live concerts were all centred around Unsongs, Moddi’s fourth studio album, which consists of 12 tracks that have all been previously banned, censored or silenced. The idea came to Moddi when he heard about Eli Geva, an army officer who refused to lead his forces into Beirut during the 1982 Lebanon war. Norwegian songstress Birgitte Grimstad, wrote a song about him, but it was never released because it was deemed too provocative at the time. Inspired by this, Moddi began looking for other songs that had been banned or silenced. He translated and reinterpreted his chosen tracks, which come from countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, the UK, Palestine and Norway.

Moddi will be performing in Kansas, USA, later this month before returning to Norway for a concert with Trondheim Solistene at the Operahouse in Oslo. At the end of March, he goes back on tour in Europe accompanied by Tom Meyer and a selection of DPA microphones.