Milford, NH, October 6, 2009â€”Earthworks, manufacturer of High Definition Microphonesâ„¢, announced that it has signed legendary drummer Steve Gadd as its most recently endorsed touring artist. Gadd is among the most accomplished drummers of our time and recently completed a European tour drumming for James Taylor.
At the very start of the tour, well-respected front of house engineer David Morgan told Gadd about Earthworksâ€™ drum mics. Morganâ€”who has a stellar track record in his own right, was already a fan of Earthworks PianoMicâ„¢ calling it â€œthe most beautiful piano system Iâ€™ve ever used.â€? In his second life as a journalist, Morgan also had written enthusiastic reviews about both the PianoMicâ„¢ and the Drum FullKitâ„¢. As a friend and a trusted professional, Morgan insisted that Gadd give them a try on the James Taylor tour.
â€œIâ€™ve had a lot of experience with
Steve,â€? explains Morgan. â€œWe took the Earthworks mics with us over to Europe this summer and the results were absolutely astounding. Iâ€™ve been sold on these mics from the very beginning and now Steve has become an Earthworks believer as well.â€?
On the James Taylor tour, Gadd plays a Yamaha drum set with a 20â€? x 16â€? bass drum, a 12â€? and 13â€? rack toms and 14â€? and 15â€? floor toms. Heâ€™s also got a rack cowbell on the bass drum and four cymbals: two crashes, a ride, a sizzle and a hi-hat. The entire kit is miked using Earthworksâ€™ Drum FullKitâ„¢ system; this includes (1) DP25/C (on the snare), (4) DP30/Cs (on the toms), (2) SR25s (overheads), (1) SR30 (on the hi-hat), (1) SR30 (on the kick drum) and a KickPad.
Steve Gadd commented: â€œA lot of people were talking about these microphones, so I tried them out and they were really good. I have a lot of respect for Dave Morgan, who was very excited, and also got very positive feedback from everyone else involved. They said the dynamics of my playing were really coming through and that mics have a really great, natural sound.â€?
The DP25/Cs and the DP30/Cs yield an exceptional degree of detail due to their extended frequency range and fast impulse response. Also, the diaphragms found on these mics settle much more quickly than competing microphone diaphragms, enabling them to more accurately capture the widely varying timbre and dynamic sounds typically found in a drum performance. The DP25/C, which is designed to excel on snare drums, features a frequency response of 60Hz to 25kHz. The DP30/C, which comes with a flexible gooseneck, has a frequency response of 30Hz to 30kHz. Both microphones can handle up to 145 dB SPL; their polar patterns feature excellent rear rejection, helping engineers effectively control phasing issues.
Michael Hurwitz, National Sales Manager of Earthworks, commented: â€œIt is an honor for Earthworks to sponsor Steve Gadd, who is a truly unique performer. His track record as a musician is impeccable, and we are privileged for Earthworks to be his microphone of choice. We hope to continue this relationship for many years to come.â€?
To learn more about Earthworks High Definition Microphonesâ„¢ visit www.EarthworksAudio.com, where you can download audio samples at the following URL: http://www.earthworksaudio.com/79d.html. To contact an Earthworks sales representative by phone, call (603 654-6427, ext 14) or email ([email protected]).
[photo of Steve Gadd by Bill Zules]