Ana Gabriel: On tour with DPA microphones

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When Isaias G. Asbun, front of house engineer and director at Pyramid Sound, was in charge of the sound for Grammy-Award nominated Mexican singer Ana Gabriel’s 'Por Ti' tour, he packed up his brand new DPA d:vote 4099 Rock Touring Kit to capture the band’s explosive sound.

“This was my first time using DPA microphones, and I was blown away by the quality,” admits Asbun. “I have always chosen my microphones very carefully, and when I tested the DPA mics, I knew I was set. During the soundcheck, I noticed that I had a clear sounding mix with no extra steps needed. I am kind of hooked on these microphones!”

Currently, Asbun has a DPA d:vote 4099 Rock Touring Kit complete with 10 d:vote 4099s, and a few d:dicate 2011Cs.

"Ana Gabriel’s sound fluctuates, as she covers three different genres of music: Spanish rock, Latin pop, and Ranchera," Asbun continues. "The DPAs transmit the natural sound of the instrument, and with a good miking technique, I am able to get the desired sound with virtually no EQ.”

Asbun used 4099s on the toms, hi-hat, and snare; and also on the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion section, which included bongos, congas, timbal, toys, and curtain.

"The instruments now all sound so clean and crisp," he enthuses. "I also used the 2011Cs on the kick drum, and as overhead mics, so the final sound was top-notch, and the two types of microphones working together provided the audience with a well-rounded experience."

Asbun concludes that when travelling on tour, it's all about having go-to kit you can rely on:

“I am now able to capture the sound I need, and feel fully confident that I can bring the DPAs on the road with me; I am excited to recommend DPA mics to friends, colleagues, and to every lover of good audio in the industry. I cannot wait to use them on my future projects with other artists, including Diego Torres, and Ricardo Arjona.”