The Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO) turned to DPA Microphones to outfit its organization with several high-end microphones, including the MSS6000 and several others.
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 an ensemble that ranges from four to 40 instruments for a given concert, NCO sound engineer Gary Hedden decided to call upon DPA Microphones to supply them with a set of mics that would capture the 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 DPAs, 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 ’n’ roll band, it’s extremely difficult to get the strings to sound right, especially when you are dealing with a large outdoor venue. 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 IMK4061s for its current season,” said Bruce Myers, president of DPA Microphones. “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.”