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Katie Melua at Cadogan Hall with Bryony October FOH

Katie Melua is touring with FOH Bryony October behind the faders, using a large selection of DPA microphones to capture her sensational sound.

Loved for the beautiful subtle nuances in her voice, Katie uses the d:facto™ vocal mic to bring the detail and clarity to the audience. DPA Microphones also pick up the drums, guitar amp and, in shows where they appear, the backup singers and choirs.

Bryony October has been a live FOH sound engineer since 1999 and has worked with a huge range of artists across numerous genres including Billy Ocean, Laura Marling, Foxes, Ward Thomas and Keaton Henson. She is no stranger to DPA’s microphone technology and has used the brand many times in the past, particularly for classical concert recording.

On Katie’s vocal sound, she says:

“The d:facto really captures the rich and beautiful tones of her stunning voice with very little effort on my part,” October explains. “Fellow engineers raved about the d:facto and after visiting the DPA factory in Denmark, I too quickly fell in love with it and now use it almost exclusively as my ‘go to’ vocal microphone. Because she doesn’t play guitar in every song we continued to use a wireless version, as she has done in the past, with both Shure and Sennheiser wireless systems, so that she could take it off the stand and move freely around the stage.”

Read the full interview with Bryony October here →

Photography ~ Caleb Hill

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