An old Philips cassette player — the type many of us had as kids in the ’70s — has become a vital piece of equipment for Norwegian folk artist, Pål Moddi Knutsen, who uses the machine on two songs from his recently released Unsongs album. Amplifying the cassette player on stage proved something of a challenge for sound engineer Tom Meyer when he was called in to handle sound for Moddi’s recent live gigs.
“When Moddi turned up with the cassette player I was a bit surprised,” explains Meyer, who runs TM Tour Productions in Bardu, North Norway. “My solution was to use a DPA d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone so we could get the best possible sound and still keep the stage tidy and free from unwanted mic stands. Moddi never uses monitors, so we had more than enough headroom for the PA. We used a DPA Universal Surface Mount to position the microphone on top of the cassette player so that we could capture sound from the internal speaker. It worked really well and allowed us to incorporate the cassette player into his live performance.”
Meyer has worked with Moddi for the last 10 years and is a big DPA fan — he’s got more than 20 in his collection.