Bogota, Colombia (July 18, 2016)—Colombian Reggaeton singer Maluma has made a name for himself in recent years, nabbing a Latin Grammy nomination in 2013, which he followed up with a hit album, Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, which he’s been touring behind ever since. Along for the ride is FOH engineer Lucas Pinzón, who chose a slew of DPA microphones for the tour’s Mexican leg.
Mics on the production included d:vote 4099 instrument mics, a d:dicate 2011C recording mic and the d:facto handheld mic, with both the 4018V and the new 4018VL capsules.
Pinzón had previous experience with the d:vote range of mics in a jazz festival setting and decided to use them for this project because “the d:vote 4099B for Bass aimed towards the bridge of the double bass was amazing, so I decided to try it on the drum kit,” he explains. “The d:vote 4099D for Drums can be adjusted to match the sound I am looking for in the high hats, cymbals and toms. I also incorporated the d:dicate 2011C with the snare and the sound it produces is just like having the drum right next to you; it’s remarkable.”
In addition to using DPA’s to mic the instruments, Pinzón also selected the brand’s d:facto Handheld Microphone for Maluma’s main vocals. “We were all pleasantly surprised by the tone and quality of sound that we got with this microphone,” adds Pinzón. “At FOH, it’s great how the vocal line sits in the spot where I want it, so I can mix a natural sound.”
With Maluma preparing for his next tour, Pinzón is already planning his miking options. “I would love to have a complete DPA-miked drum kit and set of vocal capsules with me for the upcoming tour,” he says. “We will be performing everywhere from small venues to huge stadiums and arenas. DPA mics have a small footprint and don’t require much space in the racks.”