DPA Microphones For Lead Vocals & Percussion With Thrash-Metal Band Teronation

d:facto 4018V for vocals and d:vote 4099s for a variety of drum applications, as well as d:screet 4061 mini mics for ambience

By PSW Staff September 11, 2017

A DPA d:facto 4018V on lead vocals with Teronation live.

Swiss thrash metal band Teronation is utilizing DPA Microphones for lead vocals and percussion under the direction of Curdin Bisaz, head of Bisaz Sound Support who’s handling tour management and front of house duties for the group.

Bisaz, who is also technical director at Z-Audio, one of two DPA distributors in Switzerland, says, “I’ve been using DPA microphones on tour for some time and have yet to find a sound source or a place that they can’t adequately handle. For Teronation, I used a d:vote 4099 instrument microphone on rack toms and was stunned by its dynamic range, unobtrusiveness and off axis rejection.

“As microphone positioning is absolutely crucial to me, I also used a d:vote 4099 on snare bottom and it was pure joy to get exactly the sound I wanted at the very precise position I needed it to be,” he adds. “Another d:vote 4099 was used on underhead where its full range linearity came into play.”

Originally founded in 2015 by lead guitarist Michael Arnold and lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Siro Giger, Teronation released its debut album, Your Life Your Death, in 2015 and have played in a variety of locations. The band is also now using a d:facto 4018V microphone on lead vocals.

“There is an overwhelming unison, throughout the band, that the d:facto’s natural response, gain before feedback, off-axis rejection and only very subtle proximity effect is unmatched and absolutely paramount,” says Bisaz.

The flexibility of the mics has also proved useful, as Bisaz explains when describing a recent Teronation gig in Volketswil, near Zürich: “A couple of minutes before show time, I realized that I had completely forgotten about ambient microphones to use in our live recording. I quickly decided to attach a pair of d:screet 4061 mini microphones with a gooseneck adapter to the two loudspeaker stands at each side of the stage, using DPA’s magnet clips for piano. The result was a very transparent, crisp sound, which was a stunningly accurate representation of this gig’s ambiance.”

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