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DPA Microphones Cope Brilliantly With High Altitude Producer Hans Nielsen Discovers That Only DPA Microphones Can Capture the Sound of Chinese Monks in a Temple above Sea Level
DMN Newswire--2012-12-20--Recording at high altitudes is not something most sound engineers tackle every day. So, when Danish producer and engineer, Hans Nielsen, was asked to record a choir of 500 monks in a Chinese temple thousands of feet above sea level, he knew he'd need a very resilient microphone to cope with the challenging conditions. DPA Microphones' 4006A omnidirectional microphones and 4011A cardioids were perfectly suited to the environment surrounding Nielsen's recording of the album The Coming Ones by internationally acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Sa Ding Ding.

"I've always been a big fan of DPA Microphones and have used them regularly for over 25 years," says Nielsen, who is from Focus Recording Studios. "When I realized this project involved recording at high altitude, I knew I had to take my DPA mics with me because they were the only ones I could rely on to capture the high-quality sound I wanted in such extreme conditions."

While in China, Nielsen found himself recording the very intricate Sa Ding Ding album in a variety of environments. A mix of Han and Mongol ancestry, Sa Ding Ding sings in a number of languages including Mandarin, Sanskrit and Tibetan, as well as an imaginary self-created language that evokes the emotions of her songs. She also plays traditional instruments such as the guzheng and matougin (a horse-head fiddle).

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