Philharmonic Studios, a new, full-service, multi-room recording facility in Vernon Hills, IL (north of Chicago), utilizes a range of vocal and instrument microphones from DPA in catering to diverse clients and providing a concierge-level experience to projects such as solo piano, brass, strings and choral ensembles.
“I am relatively new to DPA,” says Philharmonic Studios owner and recording engineer Greg Miner, “but I immediately recognized that the company has elegant and practical solutions for every imaginable scenario. With impeccable sound quality, superb transient response and low self-noise, these microphones are ideal for all types of demanding applications.”
The facility currently employs several of the brand’s pencil mics, including the 4011 cardioids, 2011 twin cardioids, 4015 wide cardioids, 4006 omnidirectional condensers and the 4041 omni large-diaphragm models as well as the new 4055 kick drum and 4099 CORE instrument mics.
“Whether used individually or in matched pairs, the 4011 is truly a great microphone,” Miner explains. “It takes EQ well and is quickly becoming my first call for many sources. A pair of 4011s were the first DPAs I ever bought after hearing of the brand through trade publications and online forums. The brand was always spoken of with the highest regard, and since that first purchase, I haven’t looked back. From drum overheads to brass, even as a main stereo pickup, DPA mics consistently provide excellent results.
“The 4055 [kick drum mic] and 4099 [CORE instrument mic] are superb options for the drum kit and percussion sources,” he continues. “They accurately capture all the attack of these instruments, with headroom to spare. The 4006 and its related accessories has also allowed me to capture sources with the greatest possible fidelity. When paired with the company’s Acoustic Pressure Equalizer accessory, this mic is a fantastic choice for stereo, LCR, Decca and immersive ensemble work. I also must make special mention of the 4041, as nothing I’ve encountered can capture a room like these microphones can.
“Client reactions are overwhelmingly positive,” Miner concludes. “Many have remarked on the clarity of the microphones and the purity of tone they exhibit. The small form factor of the mics makes for easy set-up and keeps the performers at ease. We are thrilled to offer an all-DPA lineup of microphones for our sessions — DPA Microphones truly gives you the clearest rendering of musical truth.”