DPA Microphones deliver sound on Tears for Fears tour

FOH engineer Doug Kimball has been relying on a range of recording solutions from DPA Microphones to deliver sound on tour with British pop rock band Tears for Fears.

For vocals on the tour, Kimball is using DPA’s d:facto vocal microphones, along with the company’s d:vote 4099D instrument microphone for drums on toms and d:dicate 2011C cardioid mics on hi-hats.

“Not only are they very small and stay out of the way, but they require no EQ and deliver an amazing natural sound,” said Kimball. “I am blown away by the results.

“The d:facto vocal microphones are more natural sounding and have a better rejection than anything I have used in the past, so the guys in the band quickly noticed how their vocals sounded and liked what they heard,” Kimball added. “Their voices were natural without being coloured by the microphone.”

Kimball was first introduced to DPA by his colleagues: “DPA Microphones are a wonderful addition to my touring equipment package,” he remarked. “All of DPA’s microphones require less EQing and that’s a great feature; these will be my microphones of choice for ALL future tours.”

Kimball began his career in the music engineering industry in 1980. During that time, he has worked with an extensive list of bands and musicians including Meatloaf, Aerosmith, Motörhead, Velvet Revolver, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Idol, and Alanis Morrisette.