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DPA Microphones Rings In The New Year At The Rainbow Room

PBS national New Year's Eve festivities used a range of the company's mics

DPA Microphones returned to The Rainbow Room for a New Year’s celebration broadcast on PBS from the recently re-opened iconic Manhattan venue, New Year’s Eve at The Rainbow Room with Michael Feinstein.

After the success of the Fall Arts Festival program, DPA d:facto vocal, d:vote 4099 instrument, d:dicate 4011 cardioid and d:screet miniature mics once again found their way onto the guest list for the event.

With the show’s swing/big-band at the heart of the special, there was no concern for the SPL levels, which can become soft in these situations. The DPA d:vote 4099 was properly adjusted to close-mik each instrument.

Andy Brattain, Michael Feinstein’s production manager and front of house engineer placed the DPA d:vote 4099 either on the instrument or music stand, depending on whether the musician needed to quickly change mutes, to provide the proper isolation required for recording the performance.

“A combination of DPA’s d:vote 4099 and d:dicate 4011C mics gave us a tight enough polar pattern so that each individual player could be isolated,” Brattain says. “With the saxophone, flute and clarinet performers doubling instruments within a song, we ended up positioning d:dicate 2011C micss onto the mic stand to pickup each instrument being played. The d:vote 4099’s provided an equally matched tone and quality. DPA was able to handle this broad spectrum of instruments without any problems.”

In addition to Feinstein, a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer, the show featured performances by Christine Ebersole, Darren Criss, Leslie Odom, Jr., Julia Goodwin, Aaron Tveit, Marilyn Maye and Kelli O’Hara.

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