Ed Irons, production manager and front of house engineer for Kool & The Gang, is utilizing DPA Microphones with the band, including the 4099 Instrument, 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid, 4011 Cardioid, and d:facto 4018 models.
Three 4099 “loud” mics and one 4099 “extreme” mic capture the horns, with two 4011s for percussion rig, and more recently, another 4099 handles electric bass. “Although the 4099s sound great on all of the band’s instruments, we were especially blown away when we used them on the bass cabinet, as it’s typically quite difficult to capture clear sound in this application,” Irons explains. “The ability to deliver truth across the full low-end spectrum is amazing.”
Jack McDonald, monitor engineer for the band, adds, “The microphones do the work of delivering what they are being fed, and I simply pass it on directly to the band, without coloring. Every member of Kool & The Gang is on in-ear monitors, so their capacity to hear exactly what they are doing is a huge benefit.”
The band puts on about 100 shows annually, with 65 percent of them in the international market, which means another requirement is durability. “These mics work every night, without fail, delivering true, crystal-clear sound,” says Irons. “When we pull out the DPA line, we know they are going to deliver – they have been thoroughly road tested, for sure. That classic DPA sound has now been around the world with us at least twice – from exotic destinations, including Richard Branson’s private island, to huge festivals across Europe and Asia, such as Woodstock der Blasmuzik this past summer. In a chaos filled environment, DPA rocks.”