Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2017)—Jon Castelli, Los Angeles-based record producer, mixing engineer, songwriter and owner of The Gift Shop studio, recently recorded a friend’s improvisational a cappella singing session in a barn, backed by a jazz trio, with support from DPA Microphones’ Gabriel Antonini.
Castelli, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kesha, 6lack and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, worked with close collaborator/producer Ron “Spider” Entwistle on the session. “Gabriel suggested that we put d:dicate 4006A omnidirectional microphones in the top of the barn. We pressed record and then played it back. I couldn’t believe what I heard. It sounded exactly the same through the speakers as it did when played live in the room,” says Castelli.
“Spider and I immediately knew we needed the mics for The Gift Shop, my studio loft in downtown Los Angeles. My studio is similar to the barn in that it has a high wood, kind of ’hanger-ish’ feeling. I acquired a pair of d:dicate 4006As for a similar session and they have not left my studio since they arrived.”
Antonini also introduced Castelli to the d:dicate 4006A Nose Cone accessory, which quickly became another favorite audio tool. “The Nose Cones make the room sound so realistic,” says Castelli. “The tweeter of the PMC loudspeakers that we were using came much more into focus. It was an emotional feeling. The Nose Cones are incredible accessories.”
Castelli adds, “Prior to Gabriel introducing us to the d:dicate 4006A, I had given up on room mics in my space. Anything I was using sounded flat and papery, so I was using a lot of reverb. Now, I find myself turning up speakers and recording sounds back through the room to capture the space. Pretty much everything I do in the studio, recording wise, the d:dicate 4006A mics are on.”