For the past 15 years, front-of-house and monitor engineer Gabriel Ramos has worked for international clients including Prince Royce, Luis Fonsi, and reggaeton artist Yandel. Ramos is currently using DPA Microphones d:vote 4099s for miking the snare drum top and bottom, hi-hat, and toms.
According to Ramos, the d:vote 4099 line is capable of miking a variety of elements on stage, which saves him from having to coordinate different models with different polar patterns, capsule sizes, and other qualities to obtain a specific sound for every element on the stage.
“For Yandel’s Dangerous tour, we decided to use DPA microphones because for this genre of music, the principal sounds, known as dembow [a two-bar loop comprised of kick and snare drums that is commonly used in reggaeton music], are recorded and/or generated in the studio,” says Ramos. “When combining the dembow live with a band, we needed microphones with the capacity to be naturally transparent that could cut through the dembow, while at the same time allowing us to manipulate them to obtain other sounds to be in tune with the show. With the d:vote 4099 mikes, we were able to achieve that and more.
“The DPA mike’s performance is quite spectacular,” adds Ramos. “Its projection, quality and sound is extremely impressive and the d:vote 4099 is a mike that I have been seeking for many years. It’s gratifying to hear other engineers on the road ask what microphones you are using. They validate that I made the right decision to transition to DPA mics.”
Moving forward, Ramos says he plans to expand his DPA inventory. “In the very near future we will add d:dicate 2011A Cardioid Microphones for the hi-hat, overheads and guitars, as well as d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Microphones for both snare tops.”
Find more information about DPA’s d:vote series at www.dpamicrophones.com/microphones/dvote.