Penang World Music Festival deploys DPA mics

Malaysian DPA dealer AV united has supplied a range of the company’s microphones to two companies staging the Penang World Music Festival 2012, Kinakoworx Productions and Echo Sound.

The annual event, which was hosted by the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office, took place at Penang’s Botanic Gardens and featured 18 bands from across the globe.

The DPA mics in use included ten DPA d:vote 4099D clip mics for drums and two 4099V clip mics for violins. These were specified by the festival’s technical director Niall Macaulay, who cited their ability to be deployed across a variety of musical instruments as a key asset.

“This was my second time working with DPA 4099s,” said the festival’s monitor engineer Desmond Lee. “I did a jazz festival last November using a 4099 on grand piano, played by Cuban pianist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and was stunned by the sound quality it produced. It sounded natural, with great gain before feedback, which is a big advantage for me on monitors. It can also handle high SPLs very well. The best thing is the microphone can produce natural low ends but without creating problems such as distortion. The flexible adapters and accessories are a great add-on too.

“The sound quality of the DPA 4099 is just hard to beat, while its small size gives it a low profile and easy deployment, especially on violins.”

Among the bands and instruments to be miced with the DPA 4099s during the festival were Malaysia’s Aseana Percussion Unit (Chinese fiddle and alto sax), Belgium’s Griff Trio (bagpipes), Africa’s Guinee Percussion (djembes and traditional African kora), Maite Hontele from Holland and Columbia (trumpet), Vietnam’s Phong Nguyen Ensemble (traditional bamboo instrument) and Grace Nono and Bob Aves Group from the Philippines (bamboo percussion).

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