Alleroed, Denmark (February 26, 2020)—Slovakian producer and record label owner Rostislav Pavlík recently recorded Slovak opera singer Gustáv Beláček at the Brno concert hall in the Czech Republic, capturing the performance for his record label, Pavlík Records, with the aid of various DPA microphones.
Based in Slovakia, Pavlík began his career in the early 1990s when he started recording amateur ensembles and folk musicians for his own label, Pavlik Records. Since then, he has recorded classical, jazz and folk projects ranging from solo musicians to chamber ensembles and orchestras, in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Pavlik Records now has its own studio that is equipped with Dynaudio monitoring, a Mackie MCU PRO console and a Merging Technologies’ Pyramix digital audio workstation with a Horus networked audio interface.
For the Gustáv Beláček recording, Pavlík says, “As a base for the recording, I used a five-channel microphone setup fitted with DPA microphones. The main sound was captured by three DPA 4041 large diaphragm omnidirectional microphones, which are definitely my favorites. These were in the Decca tree layout and, for LS and RS [left and right surround], I used a pair of DPA 4011 cardioid microphones [ORTF], plus DPA 4015 wide cardioid and 4023 compact cardioid [now replaced by 4011R] microphones for the eight-piece string section.”
Pavlík first heard a DPA microphone more than 14 years ago and reports he hasn’t used any other brand of mics since. “The first DPA stereo pair I bought contained two 4006 Omnidirectional Microphones and the sound of them shocked me so much that I no longer wanted to use any other microphones,” he explains. “DPA is great for everything. What I appreciate most is that they portray truth, reality, nature, and make musical instruments sound how they should sound. I have bought many more DPAs since then, and for many years they have been the only microphones I have used for my recordings. We focus on recording acoustic instruments in natural acoustic spaces such as concert halls, churches and manor houses, where I can capture the sound of the space and the instruments in both stereo and 5.1 surround without needing artificial reverberation,” says Pavlik. “DPA microphones are a great help in this because they are so natural and balanced.”
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