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Taki captures entire dynamic range of concert recordings with DPA mics

In the time of a pandemic where concerts are either cancelled, postponed or downsized, a music-based TV show Turnébusz came about to satisfy a need to record concerts for Hungarian bands that did not have many media appearances or performance opportunities. 

Each episode of Turnébusz consisted of a 45-minute performance, followed by a 15-minute get-to-know segment that focuses on emerging artists, songwriters and lyricists. 

Supporting the audio production behind this project was Hungarian sound engineer László “Taki” Takács, who turned to a selection of DPA microphones for Turnébusz. This includes 4099 CORE instrument mics, 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid mics and 2028 vocal mics. 

Taki elaborated: “For the vocalists’ microphones, we used the DPA 2008, which allowed us to minimise any unpleasant, infiltrating noise. Though not the typical application, we used several 2028 mic capsules for guitar amps as well. It works perfectly even under extreme sound pressure and is one of my favourite microphones.”

During the recording of the concert series, Taki also relied on DPA’s 4099 CORE instrument microphones. The DPA 4099 CORE is designed for instrument miking, and brings more clarity and detail to music, across the entire dynamic range. According to him, “With that many different sounds – from light pop to very hard rock – the flexibility of 4099 CORE was critical in capturing the various levels of sound without any issues. The upgraded 4099 CORE really minimised distortion and added an increased clarity and openness.” 

Taki has more than 25 years working live events as a sound technician and engineer, and has supported many large Hungarian productions. He began using DPA mics in 2015 for a variety of rock, pop, folk and live concert events.

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