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DPA microphones deliver ‘punchy’ vocals on Glass Animals tour

Indie rockers Glass Animals are getting their desired vocals on tour using DPA’s D:facto linear microphones.

The band’s FOH engineer Pete Johnson has praised the model being used by vocalist Dave Bayley for its versatility and feedback rejection.

“It’s absolutely great,” Johnson said. “At points in the set Dave often sings quite softly, while at the same time we wanted the show to be big, punchy and powerful. The D:facto linear has excellent feedback rejection and lets me keep the amount of surgery I need to do to a minimum.

“We’ve used it in all different settings too, from tiny clubs to football stadiums. It’s taken all the stress out of achieving a solid vocal sound.”

Vocalist Bayley is also the band’s songwriter and producer. “He has a great ear and could be a brilliant FOH mixer if he fancied it,” Johnson added. “Over the years he’s tried many different vocal mics and is very happy with the D:facto.”

Johnson is using a wired version of the D:facto, because although Bayley is known for being mobile on stage, he and the band prefer the aesthetic of a wired mic.

“The D:facto has proved really hardy and we love it,” he says. “The audio quality is fantastic. In live sound, and especially with a softer singer, there is always going to be a level of stage spill from drums, but this counteracts that.”

The tour also incorporates DPA’s D:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are being used on toms.

Glass Animals have toured internationally this summer at Glastonbury, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, among others, after last year’s critically-acclaimed second album release How to Be A Human Being.