Bowie Leans On BSS

New York, NY (February 10, 2004)--David Bowie is currently touring behind Reality, his latest CD, and has immersed in his first world jaunt since 1995. Having hit Europe and North America so far, he's heading to Australia and Asia soon; along for the ride will be Bowie's studio and live engineer, Pete Keppler. And Keppler will be bringing along a BSS dynamic EQ as part of the production's sound rig.
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New York, NY (February 10, 2004)--David Bowie is currently touring behind Reality, his latest CD, and has immersed in his first world jaunt since 1995. Having hit Europe and North America so far, he's heading to Australia and Asia soon; along for the ride will be Bowie's studio and live engineer, Pete Keppler. And Keppler will be bringing along a BSS dynamic EQ as part of the production's sound rig.

Before the tour began, Keppler realized he would need a de-esser for the artist's live work to negate any sibilance. After speaking to Bryan Olson at NYC's Firehouse Productions, which supplied much of the equipment for the world tour, Keppler chose to move Bowie's vocal treatment onto a BSS DPR-901 II dynamic equalizer. He recalled, "When Bryan suggested the DPR-901, I remembered I had used one a long time ago, but the first model didn't have the sidechain monitoring function."

The current Mark II version contains four non-interactive bands of frequency-selective compression or expansion. And Keppler says that during production rehearsals, he fell in love with the dynamic processor's ability to provide a visual reference for the individual frequencies he needed to work on.

"Bowie is generally great with mic technique but his timbre can change a bit and he will suddenly sing a foot away from the mic," noted Keppler. "If he's working the mic up close, the DPR-901 is great for getting rid of proximity and you can notch out the sibilant frequencies rather than compress the whole high end. There are certain peaks in his vocal range and the DPR-901 will let me work on those particular frequencies, which makes limiting unnecessary."

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