BOSTON, OCTOBER 18, 2012 – By blending traditional bluegrass technique with modern songwriting themes, Boston-based group, Della Mae, brings a new and fresh perspective to their music. When the members of the band decided to step up the quality of the group’s live performances and achieve more mobility on stage, they chose DPA Microphones d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to make this happen.
Dedicated to crafting exquisite American roots music in the tradition of such greats as Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, Leon Russell and Laurie Lewis, not to mention Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, the members of Della Mae sought out the DPA mics because they knew the gear would give them maximum mobility on stage and bring out the best sound from their instruments. The band members—Celia Woodsmith on vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle, Courtney Hartman on guitar and Shelby Means on bass—all use d:votes on their individual instruments.
“The biggest thing we wanted when we chose DPA was the freedom to have mobility on stage,” says Della Mae lead vocalist Celia Woodsmith. “We also knew that DPA were top-of-the-line in quality for acoustic instrument microphones.”
“I was familiar with DPA, so we decided to touch base with the company and see what would work best for us,” adds guitarist Courtney Hartman. “We weren’t disappointed; the DPAs have really changed the way we perform for the better.”
In addition to giving the band more freedom to move around stage during performances, the d:vote mics offer a more consistent sound for Della Mae. “Previously, for example, if Jenni Lyn (mandolin) was leaning in to sing harmony with me on a microphone, we might lose her chop in her instrument mic,” continues Woodsmith. “With the d:vote mics, she can lean in, and we can have our harmonies together and the chop doesn’t go away. It makes the rhythm more solid. The mics just do a really good job of portraying the quality of our instruments.”
Based on DPA’s award-winning 4099 series, the d:vote instrument microphones are much more natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup and accurately capturing the true voice of acoustic instruments. All the d:vote 4099 condenser microphones feature supercardioid polar patterns for high rejection and superior gain before feedback, while retaining a highly uniform off-axis frequency response. Other features include an enhanced shock-mount design, a choice of detachable cables of two diameters and a versatile gooseneck extender, making the d:vote highly flexible for live performance applications. The microphone comes in several varieties designed for specific instruments, including bass, drums, brass instruments, guitar and piano, among others.
Formed three years ago, Della Mae takes its name from the Bobby Osbourne song “Big Spike Hammer.” The band has issued a self-released album titled I Built This Heart, and is anticipating the release of an album from Rounder Records early next year. The band is currently touring the U.S. and will tour six countries in Central Asia this November and December as part of the American Music Abroad program.
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.