Stevie Wonder sounding good with new mics

Longtime FOH engineer for the legendary musician selects DPA microphones
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After a recent summer tour throughout Europe, musical legend Stevie Wonder’s audio team has revealed its decision to add DPA microphones to the musician's touring rig.

On recommendation from Jazz singer Dee Alexander, Wonder’s front of house engineer tested the DPA Microphones d:facto Vocal and d:vote 4099P Instrument piano microphones while on the road. The mics have now become a permanent fixture for all of Wonder’s performances.

As Wonder’s FOH engineer for over tow decades, Danny Leake has had plenty of time to figure out what audio tools are best suited to the musician, and has used DPA’s original 4006 recording mics for Wonder’s percussion section for years.

Leake said: “I still use my original DPA 4006s for the percussion section. When I finally had the opportunity to try the DPA d:facto Vocal Mic, I jumped at the chance, and I’m glad I did. Along with Dwayne Jones, who handles Stevie’s in-ear monitors, and John “Bugs” Parkinson on band monitors, we all agree it has a bigger and more powerful sound, has good volume before feedback and is also really full on the low-end.”

Switching to the d:facto wasn’t the only change to the performer’s mic setup, as Leake also selected a stereo pair of d:vote 4099P piano mics, which he used on Stevie’s grand piano in conjunction with MIDI.

He commented: “Personally, I think the MIDI stuff is sort of dry-sounding, but it enables us to sound even with the rest of the band, while still keeping the piano up front.”

Leake has now written the mics into the rider for all future shows, guaranteeing that the musician will always be amplified using DPA mics.

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