New York (April 15, 2005)–FOH engineer Dave Wooster is currently touring the U.S. with smooth jazz songstress Basia, who has reunited with Matt Bianco, the legendary Eighties UK latin jazz trio where she started out. Wooster has been capturing much of the combo’s shows with the help of a selection of DPA microphones, including a DPA 3521 complete stereo kit encompassing two 4021 compact cardioid microphones, two DPA IMK4061 kits featuring a DPA 4061 miniature omnidirectional mic with instrument mounting accessories, and a DPA 4088 compact cardioid headband mic.
The 4061 miniatures are being used for close miking the cymbals, attached to the stands with DPA’s magnetic mounts. “The 4061’s dynamic response and ability to handle the vast dynamic range that the band’s drummer can generate never ceases to amaze,” he said. “Although they are omni-directional, the small amount of spill is kept to a very small amount due to the lack of proximity effect from the mic’s polar characteristics.”
A further 4061 is being used in a unique manner, worn on the chest of percussion player Satwant Singh and used in conjunction with a Shure radio mic bodypack. This allows him to move freely around all his instruments while capturing a very versatile sound and allowing the audience to hear it from his perspective. “Satwant plays some very key pieces within the rhythmic make up of the band, one instance being some very light finger work on the tambourine,” explained Dave. “Due to the unique positioning of the mic allowed by the use of the radio pack, I can capture this with no problems.”
A further addition to what Dave refered to as “my DPA arsenal of sonic weapons” is the new DPA 4088 cardioid headband mic for trumpet player Kevin Robinson, who also sings backing vocals. “It became apparent early on in rehearsals that a standard mic and stand was never going to work due to some very quick part changes, but using this mic instantly solved the problem, and the clarity is amazing,” he said. “We also discovered that for a couple of numbers where he plays flute, the capsule position at the side of the mouth was spot on for an ‘up close and personal’ flute sound.”
Dave first used DPA Microphones for discreet miking while touring with Van Morrison.
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