Monitor Engineer Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo Relies on Company’s Sonic Consistency For the Singer’s ‘Just a Girl’ Concert Residency
LAS VEGAS – At rock or pop shows with large audiences of screaming fans, it is common for engineers to face the challenge of audience leakage. That’s just not the case for Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo, monitor engineer for the Gwen Stefani “Just a Girl” residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater. Recognizing the importance of delivering pristine sound in every performance of the popular show, Caipo appointed DPA Microphones. The company’s d:facto™ 4018V Vocal Microphone delivers a clear, natural sound.
“Throughout her 20-year career, Gwen Stefani has tried many microphone brands; she has definitely noticed a difference with DPA,” he says. “She has told me that she can hear herself more clearly on her in-ears. This allows me to keep her volume lower and protect her hearing.”
After discovering DPA’s d:facto, Caipo was blown away by the capsules’ ability to remove unwanted audience noise or stage leakage. He also appreciates maintaining clarity and a clean low-end, with almost no EQ needed. “I’ve known DPA for its high-quality, broadcast, theatre and orchestral applications; ever since I started using them on big pop tours, I was hooked,” he adds. “The clarity and uncompromising quality I get while rejecting unwanted noise is, by far, its best feature. Other brands have tried to accomplish this, but end up compromising the sonic result at the end. Somehow, DPA figured it out.”
Caipo will expand his DPA arsenal by adding the d:vote™ CORE 4099 Instrument and d:dicate™ 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones. He plans to use these solutions for the Gwen Stefani “Just a Girl” residency, as well as all large pop concerts.