Many mandolin players seek a microphone that produces warm and clear tone from their instrument without damaging the importance of visual entertainment for live shows. As a mandolin player myself, I've tried everything - the best instrument mics, mandolin pickups, different DI's, and more. I finally found the best product used by touring mandolin players in the
DPA 4099 Clip on Microphone. If you are a piano player, violin player, or guitar player - this is the top microphone on the market for live performance, and here are the reasons why.
1. It brings out the best tone in your instrument
This microphone is a super cardioid condenser microphone. It amplifies the sound of my Northfield mandolin's warm and clear tone without any subtle hints of electric vibration. It allows the colorful and deep sound of my mandolin's natural tone to resound without being smothered by plugging it in.
This microphone is now offered with CORE, by DPA Technology. The award-winning 4099 Series gives you a much more natural sound than any clip-on microphone or pickup.
The condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument.
The 4099 is already the recognized standard for this type of microphone and the CORE version adds just another layer of sound quality that further distances this mic from its competitors.
It brings more clarity and details to your music, across the entire dynamic range.
Anyone looking for the very highest sound quality should choose CORE – every musician, live sound engineer and anyone else who takes pride in quality audio.
2. It is visually appealing
This tiny clip on mic will change the entertainment value of your entire live show. Often, bluegrass musicians are tied to one place, angling their instruments towards microphones on stands to produce the best quality tone.
This can make a live performance boring, and not as fun to watch as a choreographed show where musicians can take the center stage, jam out with each other, and entertain an audience with the best audio equipment, without having to worry about tone. This microphone model is tiny, but powerful enough to reinforce an entire orchestra. It is small, flexible and easy to mount on instruments.
A versatile, integrated gooseneck extender provides easy and repeatable mounting on a variety instruments.
3. The BEST mandolin players and musicians in the world use DPA Microphones
Some of the best mandolin players in the world use DPA Microphones, including:
1. Chris Thile
2. Sierra Hull
3. Aaron Ramsey
Even artists outside of bluegrass use DPA microphones, such as:
1. Celine Dione
2. Post Malone
And check out this quote by David Crowley, the Production Sound Mixer for the award winning movie, "Game of Thrones"
"DPA lavs are preferred by all location sound crews on Game of Thrones and post production demands them.
To me, no other microphone captures an actor’s performance with as much integrity and authenticity as DPA.
I believe the mic quality has a direct impact on how much an audience engages with an actor’s performance, which is why I exclusively use DPA for Thrones."
- David Crowley - Production Sound Mixer for Game of Thrones
An artist is only as good as his tools. If you want to bring your live show and the sound of your instrument to the next level, try DPA Microphones.
About the Author:
Victoria Grace is the lead singer for Paper Dolls, mandolin player, SEO Specialist, writer, and an IBMA Nominee. She has won competitions for singing and mandolin, and is currently attending Berklee College of Music.