Amsterdam, The Netherlands (December 20, 2012)—Sting brought along DPA Microphone’s new handheld d:facto Vocal Microphone for his recent Back to Bass Tour throughout Europe and the Far East.
Sting’s recording engineer, Donal Hodgson, who used the d:facto with Sting in the studio, recommended the mic to Sting’s front of house engineer, Howard Page. “Donal knew that I had been looking for a later technology microphone for Sting on our live shows,” says Page, who is also senior director of engineering at Clair (Lititz, PA). “If Donal was happy with it in the exacting environment of a recording studio, then I knew I certainly would be as well.”
The four DPA d:factos were ordered from DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network and were delivered to Clair’s European office in plenty of time to be included in the equipment packages for the tour. Sting has ‘A’ and ‘B’ simultaneously touring systems, each containing two d:facts—one as the main microphone and one for backup.
“We did shows in France, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Korea, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Jakarta, so it was a huge amount of traveling,” concludes Page. “On this most recent leg of the tour, I have been in some venues with real long reverb times. The d:facto just cuts through perfectly without losing the tight, natural full-range tone that I need for Sting’s voice.”