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Nashville Chamber Orchestra Relies on DPA Microphones

Utilizes array of DPA microphones for concert series (August 13, 2004)

This season, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO) turned to DPA Microphones Inc. to outfit its organization with several high-end microphones designed specifically to capture the 'true' sound of live instrument performances. The NCO's selection of DPA's MSS6000 and several IMK4061's proved to be the right choice, as they enjoyed their finest sounding season ever.

The NCO, with recent CD releases on Warner Bros. Records, has quickly gained national acclaim for its progressive commissioning of new works that often feature jazz, folk and bluegrass influences, in addition to its classical repertoire. With a varying ensemble that ranges anywhere from four to 40 instruments for any given concert, NCO sound engineer Gary Hedden decided to call upon DPA Microphones Inc. to supply them with a set of microphones that would be ideal for fully capturing and complimenting this up-and-coming orchestra's distinctive sound.

"Our ultimate goal was to achieve a consistent, recognizable sound," says Hedden. "We designed a three year plan for equipment acquisition. Great sound starts with the finest musicians, which we already had. Our equipment priority was obtaining the very best microphones on the planet. We did a tremendous amount of investigation for this, borrowing microphones from nearly every manufacturer and trying them out. We relied heavily on the musician's feedback for this process, as most of them were accustomed to working in studios and dealing with sound reinforcement issues in the past. When we got around to putting on the DPA's, I heard a collective gasp. Everyone was absolutely thrilled with the sound from the start, and so the decision to go with DPA was unanimous.

We recently performed with Phish founder Trey Anastasio at Bonnaroo, for a crowd of 100,000," continued Hedden. "In situations where you have stringed instruments combined with a rock and roll band it's extremely difficult to get the strings to sound right especially when you are dealing with a large outdoor venue. However, using the DPA microphones really made it a non-issue for us. Trey's crew even remarked about how good the mics sounded."

"We were elated to have the NCO use our MSS6000 and IMK4061's for its current season," said Bruce Myers, president of DPA Microphones, Inc. "These microphone kits were designed specifically for these types of applications, and I sincerely look forward to listening to this season's amazing recordings on CD for years to come."

The NCO currently presents a six-concert season in Nashville, with additional concerts in regional communities throughout middle Tennessee. The orchestra's innovative programming is not restricted to concerts, as its educational community outreach programs have also received national recognition.

The NCO was founded in 1990 by music director Paul Gambill, and although a large number of NCO musicians call Nashville their home, other members of the orchestra come from Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and more. In addition to their responsibilities with the NCO, these musicians work in Nashville's recording industry with an impressive array of renowned artists from all genres of music.

The IMK4061 is a versatile solution for close miking recording for studio use or amplification for live use with a wide variety of musical instruments. The kit includes a 4061 miniature microphone, an XLR adapter, and a selection of unique mounting accessories including holders for strings, surface mounts with double sided tape, a magnet holder and windscreens. The 4061 provides very clean, detailed and natural sound and can handle 144 dB SPL before clipping, allowing its use on snare drums, trumpets, guitar/bass speaker cabinets or other high level sound sources, as well as on all acoustic instruments.

The MSS6000 is a professional microphone summation system designed to reduce cable clutter on stage and simplify channel control off stage. The basic system consists of five stereo satellite boxes, offering individual level and pan adjustments for every performer and a master sum box containing two high-performance, transformer-coupled mic preamplifiers. A single system in array will reduce an entire section of 10 down to 2 channels, while individual satellite boxes are available to expand the system in an endless modular chain. The MSS6000 is the ultimate ensemble amplification system for orchestras, bands and choirs freeing up many useful and costly channels without compromising sound quality.

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