Kool & The Gang Celebrates Good Times with DPA Microphones

FOH Ed Irons Relies on DPA to Capture the Band’s Renowned Instrumentals

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 20, 2020 – When Ed Irons came onto the scene as Kool & The Gang’s Production Manager/FOH Engineer, he was excited to finally get his hands on DPA Microphonessolutions after hearing colleagues rave about their high-quality performance. With DPA’s 4099 Instrument, 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid, 4011 Cardioid and renowned d:facto 4018 Vocal Mic, Irons can deliver Kool & The Gang’s signature sound to live audiences around the world.

Comparing previous microphones to DPA, Irons and the award-winning musical group were quick to notice the difference. “Once we heard the DPA mics, we were hooked,” he says. “The horn section for Kool & The Gang is a franchise sound. With the 4099s, it is so easy to dial in on the fullness of the group. Most notable is the ease with which I capture the true character of each instrument; whether it’s a sax, trumpet or trombone – they all sound awesome with DPA.”  

Kool & The Gang utilizes three 4099 Loud Instrument Mics and one 4099 Extreme on their horns section, along with two 4011s for mic’ing the percussion rig. Most recently, they began using the 4099 Instrument mic on bass. “Although the 4099s sound great on all of the band’s instruments, we were especially blown away when we used them on the bass cabinet – as it’s typically quite difficult to capture clear sound in this application,” adds Irons. “The ability to deliver truth across the full low-end spectrum is amazing.”

For Irons, authenticity is the standout feature of their collection of DPA microphones. “Whether mic’ing a trumpet, alto or tenor sax, trombone or even bass guitar, I am able to deliver exactly what is coming from the stage to audiences large and small – all while EQing less,” he explains.

Additionally, Jack McDonald, monitor engineer for Kool & The Gang, appreciates the pristine DPA sound when feeding audio to the band’s in-ear monitors. “The microphones do the work of delivering what they are being fed, and I simply pass it on directly to the band, without coloring,” he says. “Every member of Kool & The Gang is on in-ear monitors, so their capacity to hear exactly what they are doing is a huge benefit; we thank our DPAs for that.”

Another standout feature for Irons is the durability of DPA mics while out on the road. The band puts on around 100 shows annually, with 65 percent of them in the international market, which means, they require mic solutions that can take a beating. “These mics work every night, without fail, delivering true, crystal-clear sound,” says Irons. “When we pull out the DPA line, we know they are going to deliver – they have been thoroughly road tested, for sure. That classic DPA sound has now been around the world with us at least twice – from exotic destinations, including Richard Branson’s private island, to huge festivals across Europe and Asia, such as Woodstock der Blasmuzik this past summer. In a chaos filled environment, DPA rocks!”

Additionally, McDonald is appreciative of the support the pair has received from the DPA team on his time working with Kool & The Gang. “I cannot say enough about the customer support and service we have received,” he adds. “Whatever we have needed along the way, from initial contact to product delivery and support, DPA has stepped up and provided; they’re an awesome team!”


DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound. For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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