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DPA Microphones Capture an Operatic Sensation

Sound Specialists RG Jones chooses DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the orchestra during a series of concerts by mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins

LONDON, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – Audio hire specialist RG Jones specified a wide selection of DPA Microphones’ 4061 Omni Miniature Mics and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics for a recent series of concerts by Katherine Jenkins, a multi-platinum selling mezzo soprano and one of Britain’s best-loved singers.

For two weeks at the end of 2012, Katherine Jenkins sold out venues around the U.K. and Ireland, including London’s Royal Albert Hall. During the tour she was supported by the National Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Anthony Inglis. She was also joined by guests such as The Boy Choristers of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and The Band of the Welsh Guards.

RG Jones supplied all of the audio equipment for the tour and specified DPA Microphones for the orchestra. A total of 14 4061 miniature microphones were used to capture the sound of the strings, while the low strings and the brass section were miked using 10 d:vote 4099 Instrument mics.

“We chose the DPA 4061 omni miniature microphones for the strings because those are a tried and tested method for achieving high-quality close miking,” says Steve Carr, front-of-house sound engineer. “The DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones give you all the benefits of the 4061, but with a super cardiod pattern. This is very useful for isolating the sources in the middle of a loud orchestra. Although we close-miked the orchestra, we tried to also get a rounded, open orchestral sound by blending reverb effects and ambient mics with the close mic sounds.”

RG Jones carries a large stock of DPA Microphones, all of which were supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. Carr adds that he was delighted with the results the DPA microphones achieved during the Katherine Jenkins tour. “I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years now and am always very happy with the sound they deliver,” he says.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Barry Manilow Returns to Broadway and grandMA2 is in the House

Multi Grammy Award-winner Barry Manilow returns to the Great White Way for the first time in more than two decades and this time he’s accompanied by grandMA2 consoles. Bandit Lites supplied the consoles to the St. James Theatre for the entertainer’s limited-run Broadway engagement featuring a huge catalog of his hits. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

Production designer Seth Jackson began using grandMA2 products during the programming process. “We did a lot of the programming while the band was on the road, then we had a lot of stuff to re-program and no window to do it all at once,” he recalls. “So we did most of the programming with grandMA2 onPC command wing in California during rehearsals. Then we took the onPC command wint to New York to do a lot of ESP programming. It was a massive amount of work, and with the command wing, it was like having the real consoles.”

Once settled into the St. James Theatre Jackson began to use a pair of grandMA2 ultra light consoles to control more than 70 lights, most of them moving heads. The desks also control a front of house truss with conventional fixtures.

Jackson runs a pair of d3 media servers on Art-Net through the consoles as well. “It’s very helpful to have the grandMA2s for that purpose. They run seamlessly.”

When Manilow finishes his New York engagement his show will revert to a touring model, Jackson reports. But for now, “the grandMA2s are rockin’ away” on Broadway, he says. “I hear only positive things about them from the producers.”

Jackson programmed with his two associate designers, Nathan W. Scheuer and Brent Sandrock.  The lighting director for the tour is Jason Workman

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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