Copenhagen (August 21, 2006)–Usually an opera house is more likely to have a fat lady singing than a fat cat blowing, but the Copenhagen Opera House was one of the most popular sites of the recent annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, along with the Glassalen, a beautiful 1,000 seat glass concert hall in the Tivoli Gardens. DPA microphones were used extensively at both sites, as the company acted as an acoustic consultant and also provided technical support throughout the festival.
A similar selection of mics were used across both venues, including 4091s for guitar and bass amps. Typically, 4007s were used on bass drums, 4015s on snares, 4011s on hi hats and 4021s on toms, with 4011s or 3521s in ORTF configuration as overhead drum mics. 4011s were also used for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bandoneon and harmonica, with 4021s in VH4000 holders on double bass and acoustic guitar. Additionally, DPA’s Tonmeister and Product Specialist Mikkel Nymand mounted 3521 stereo kits consisting of two carefully matched 4021 compact cardioids in the grand piano of each venue, where they remained for the duration of the festival.
At the Opera House, the range of DPA mics were used on shows by the Herbie Hancock Quintet, Andy Bey, Dianne Reeves, Michel Portal and Richard Galliano, Michel Camillo and Tomatito, and Salif Keita. “The band engineers were especially impressed by the magnet-mounted piano system for the 4021s mics, which we used on the piano most of the time,” said Tobias Berg, house engineer at the venue throughout. “One of the engineers asked for the system specifically, as he had only been using it a couple of days before and really liked the sound. We also made interesting use of a 4061 mounted on the acoustic guitar for Tomatito–a really impressive setup, with a mic right in front of the guitar.