d:facto™ Supercardioid Vocal Microphone delivers unrivaled sound for FOH Engineer Chris Kaplinski
Anyone who has ever heard Canadian rock band Monster Truck will tell you that rock and roll is alive and kicking. Monster Truck is a Canadian rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The band won the 2013 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year and opened for Alice in Chains on the band’s Canada/United States North American 2014 tour.
In order to capture the powerful and gritty vocals of lead singer Jon Harvey, FOH Engineer Chris Kaplinski relies on DPA Microphones’ d:facto™ Supercardioid Vocal Microphone while on the band’s 2017 worldwide tour.
“I was really hesitant about using it with Monster Truck because most condenser mics don’t work well with loud bands. The d:facto is amazing; I couldn’t believe the sound I was getting. In the past, when Jon would step away from the vocal mic, we would get bombarded with cymbals because he is only five or six feet away from the drums. It can be a real issue and every other mic that we’ve used has had this problem. The tight pattern of the d:facto has eliminated this issue and has been great with combating cymbal bleed.” says Kaplinski.
“Jon is a really loud singer and it’s the perfect vocal mic for him. There is no distortion in the upper mids and high ends. Other microphones distort or splat, so you don’t really get clear sibilant sounds and have issues reinforcing that end of the vocals. The d:facto is totally flat and it handles SPL for a rock guy really well. It’s the perfect microphone for dealing with the full band in close proximity.”
Kaplinski plans on expanding his DPA inventory moving forward. “I’m hoping to get the whole DPA line for the next tour run,” adds Kaplinski. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and look forward to using them especially on the drums.”