Alleroed, Denmark (April 1, 2015)—Paloma Faith’s appearance at the recent 2015 BRIT Awards was aided by DPA’s ability to withstand a little water.
In fact, Faith’s version of Only Love Can Hurt Like This, which she performed after winning the award for Best Female Solo Artist, culminated with her singing the last verse and chorus in what can only be described as pouring rain. “We knew the water effect was going to soak her microphone,” says Paloma’s monitor engineer James Neale. “It was definitely more of a downpour than a shower.
“To minimize the risk, we went for a cable version of DPA’s d:facto vocal microphone as we weren’t sure we could waterproof the electronics of the wireless version she normally uses. We were relying on the double protection layer between the grill and the capsule in the d:facto and luckily this proved to be very effective against the downpour of rain used in the effect.”
Neale had three d:facto vocal microphones at his disposal for the BRIT Awards performance, all supplied by Sound Network. One was used for the wet rehearsal, another for the dry dress rehearsal and filmed show performance, with the third dedicated as a spare backup microphone, if required.