Phil Vassar Tours With Audio-Technica MicsPhil Vassar, winner of the 2002 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Male Vocalist, as well as awards for his songwriting from ASCAP and Billboard, has recently been on tour, employing Audio-Te 12/05/2003 7:00 AM Eastern
Phil Vassar, winner of the 2002 Academy of Country Music Award forTop New Male Vocalist, as well as awards for his songwriting from ASCAPand Billboard, has recently been employing Audio-Technica 4000 Seriesmics.
"I’ve tried a lot of different wireless units, andAudio-Technica’s 4000 Series is the most reliable andbest-sounding by far," said Vassar. The songwriter is using the A-TArtist Elite 4000 Series Wireless System with AEW-T3300 condenserhandheld during live shows. "No matter where I run, on or off thestage, the consistent quality continues to astound me. I only want touse A-T from now on."
That assessment is echoed by Danny Perdieu, Vassar’s longtimefront-of-house mixer and tour manager: "Phil’s voice is so strongthat I needed a capsule that could capture everything about his voice.One thing I noticed about the T3300 capsule is that, despite the kindof pressure Phil was putting on it, it simply wasn’t distorting.That’s exactly what I need to get his in-your-face vocal approachacross to the audience."
Vassar’s bandmembers are also A-T users. Perdieu is using thenew A-T AE2500 dual element mic on Angelo Collura’s kick drum."Before, when I wanted to get a very low, solid ‘thump’sound, I had to sacrifice the sound of the attack," Perdieu said. "Withthe AE2500, I’m getting both, and I can even cut one element offfor a ballad so it doesn’t overpower the vocals, then bring itback up in one of the faster songs. That ability makes a world ofdifference." On the rest of the drum kit, Perdieu is using A-T’sATM35’s on racks and floor toms and the A-T AE5100 on overheads.Three A-T AE3300’s are used for backup vocals onstage, and guitarcabinets are miked with the A-T AE3000.