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Music Production

Puscifer’s Mitchell Rocks to DPA’s CORE

Producer/engineer turns to CORE to capture rooms.

Los Angeles, CA (March 8, 2018)—Producer, songwriter, musician and audio engineer Mat Mitchell, a longtime DPA Microphones user, recently added the company’s new CORE amplification technology to his collection.

For the past 25 years, Mitchell has worked with acts like Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara as well as his own band, Puscifer. In the 11 years since he used his first DPA d:screet 4061 microphone, he has gone on to add a full complement of DPA microphones to his inventory, including the d:vote 4099 instrument microphone, d:dicate 2011A and 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphone and, most recently, the d:screet CORE 4061 miniature microphone.

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CORE is a new amplifier technology that lives within DPA’s line of miniature lavalier, headset and instrument microphones. Looking to minimize distortion and increase the dynamic range of its d:screet, d:fine and d:vote lines, DPA developed this amplifier to create an even clearer sound.

Mitchell’s first experience with DPA was in 2007 while working at Lightship 95 Studio, a 550-tonne ship docked on the Thames River in London. “I was recording drums with Sara Jones (Hot Chip, Bat For Lashes) and we used a pair of DPA d:screet 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphones as room mics, which did a wonderful job capturing the large metallic belly of the ship,” says Mitchell. “Traditionally, I would have gone with a large diaphragm condenser, but found the d:screet 4061s gave a more ‘real,’ in-the-room sound to the drums.”

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He adds, “With DPA microphones, I feel I’m recording the sound of the instrument and not the way a specific mic captures an instrument. The sound is very open and organic with lots of air. I like using a lot of room mics when I mix drums and the d:screet CORE 4061 mics sound so open and natural, and add a nice clarity to the drum mix.

“In addition, I tend to listen to tracks loud and the CORE technology gives me lower distortion and maintains the mics’ warmth and clarity even at high SPLs. If I want the sound of a room, I use my d:screet CORE 4061s. Their flat response makes me feel like I’m in the room. If I need isolation, I use my d:vote 4099s; the mics’ off-axis rejection is crazy.”

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