DPA Microphones goes outdoors with the Edinburgh Tattoo

DPA microphones were once again chosen to supply sound for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which puts on an annual display of music and fireworks from the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Sound designer Sebastian Frost, who has worked on the event for 23 years, specified a vast selection of d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones and d:fine 4066 Headset Microphones incorporating the new CORE by DPA amplifier technology.

In total, more than 110 DPA microphones were deployed across a wide range of musicians and performers, including a Malawian choir. Sound equipment for the show was supplied by long-term partner Wigwam Acoustics.

“They provide the most amazing support,” said Frost, “Not least from Katie Worsick who plans and configures the huge RF plot and systems. The microphones we use are half wired and half wireless. This year, we used 70 channels of radio mic and 20 IEMs for the mobile performers, plus about 60 channels of fixed microphones for the choir, moat stage, boundary.”

“Continuity of sound and durability are my main reasons for choosing DPA,” Frost added. “I’ve used DPA mics for a very long time and was, in fact, the first sound designer to use the d:fine 4065 Headset Microphones in the West End.”

For the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Frost used d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Microphones for all the stringed instruments including a 40-piece fiddle group and 18 piece string orchestra: “They are perfect for strings and the clips are so easy to use,” he said. “We also have the largest collection of Rycote Fluffies, as it can get pretty windy on the castle ramparts. The bulk of the radio mic capsules are d:screet 4061s, while for the choirs we used d:fine 4066 Headset Microphones, which have long been my first choice as a headset.

“I used the omnidirectional version because the cardioid mics were too sensitive in the wind, plus I love the open sound of the new d:fine CORE 4066 microphones. All of our mics have to be durable because they get very rough handling in all weather conditions – shows never get cancelled so the mics have to go out regardless of the weather.”