Allerod, Denmark (October 2, 2013)—For many recent Metallica shows, the band's longtime FOH engineer, Big Mick Hughes, used a DPA d:vote 4099 instrument microphone to capture the cymbals and toms for drummer Lars Ulrich.
“After 30 years with Metallica—and 15 years miking Lars’ drums with another brand of microphone—I was finally persuaded to test DPA microphones by Morten Uldbæk, who is the Danish distributor for Midas consoles,” Big Mick says. “I have to admit I had never considered DPA as the right kind of microphone for live rock music, but after giving them a try, I was really impressed with their brightness and crispness.”
The final impetus to switch to DPA came from the studio engineers who were working on the soundtrack for Metallica’s IMAX 3D film Through the Never, currently in release.
“The recording guys were not happy with our old mics because they didn’t deliver the audio they wanted across the full frequency range,” Big Mick says. “Obviously for a surround sound, 3D movie, it was important that the audio was perfect, so I suggested the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and, after carrying out A/B testing, they were very happy for us to switch to them.”
Big Mick adds that the DPA d:vote 4099 microphones were much clearer in the higher frequency ranges. As a result he no longer needs to use an exciter across the cymbal and toms sub group on his Midas live sound console.