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Terry “TJ” Jackson Deploys DPA Microphones For Earth, Wind & Fire

Longtime front of house engineer adds d:facto 4018 linear vocal and d:vote 4099 instrument mics to R&B group’s touring rider.

Terry “TJ” Jackson has worked with some of music’s biggest names during his long and illustrious career. With a resume that includes Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, George Duke and Anita Baker, Jackson is regarded as one of the best in the business.

As the longtime front of house engineer for the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, Jackson has been instrumental in bringing the band’s soulful funk sound to sold-out audiences for over three decades. When Jackson headed out on the band’s 2017 2054-The Tour, with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, he brought along DPA Microphones.

Jackson was introduced to DPA while on Earth, Wind & Fire’s 2016 tour, and immediately took notice. Upon hearing the DPA microphones he added the d:facto 4018VL linear vocal microphone and d:vote 4099 instrument microphone to his nightly lineup.

“We chose to add DPA microphones because they have a great, natural sound with excellent noise rejection,” says Jackson. “The microphones capture a fullness that is really impressive. I have noticed how the d:facto 4018VL can pick up the vocals from a farther distance compared to the mics we were previously using. When Phillip takes a vocal solo, he will pull back away from the mic and sing at a lower volume for showmanship and personal effects. Using the d:facto, he was able to work the crowds with his dynamic vocal range. The horn players also noticed a warmer sound in their in-ear monitors when using the d:vote 4099’s.”

On the band’s 2017 tour, Jackson used the d:facto 4018VL capsules with Sennheiser and Shure receivers, and the d:vote 4099’s on the toms, snare and three horn players. There is no processing, Jackson just adds a little reverb and delay for some of the songs and it allowed the audience to hear the natural sound that is created.

“Another component I really like is how modular DPA’s microphones are,” adds Jackson. “In addition, the clamp-on accessories, compact size, and ease of travel has made DPA a great choice. In the short-time we have been using them, we have been really happy. DPA microphones are now on our rider as our preferred microphones. We look forward to using them on our next gig.”

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