Killers drummer Ronnie
Vannucci, testing Earthworks’
Drum Periscope series of
High Definition microphones.
Milford, NH (April 15, 2009)–Since August 2008, Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci has been on the road, testing Earthworks’ Drum Periscope series of High Definition microphones.
The Drum Periscope series consists of a DP25/C snare microphone and a DP30/C tom microphone. These microphones are attached to the drum rim (top or bottom) with the RM1 drum rim mount accessory. “I wouldn’t trade the new Drum Periscope mics for anything,” says Vannucci. “I have used the best of the best, and these mics are just unreal.”
Vannucci became acquainted with Earthworks’ high-definition microphones using the DK25/L (two overheads and one kick drum mic); he used these on the Killers’ last studio album, Day and Age. He also used an Earthworks SR30 HC on a chorus section he recorded in the back of a bus for “Joy Ride,” a track off the same album. Since then, Vannucci has extended his use of Earthworks’ mics into many other areas, both in live performance and the studio.
“When I initially received microphones from Earthworks, my intention was to use them on stage, but I’ve been so pleased with their performance that I’ve been using them for recording applications more and more,” Vannucci says. Given the Killers’ heavy tour schedule, they do a lot of recording while on tour. “At every gig, we have a backstage room that is closed off which becomes our recording area,” he explains. “Our setup for these rooms is comprised mostly of Earthworks mics; we find that they bring out the natural nuances of each room.
“You don’t need to drive these mics a lot; they have a sensitivity all their own,” Vannucci observes. “They are also very natural sounding–I like this because when I start mixing, I am starting with a natural sounding drum. What I hear in the studio is what I want to hear on playback. I have used the best of the best, and the Earthworks High Definition Microphones are just unreal.
“It’s nice to work with people who are so down to earth and so interested in gathering feedback about their products,” he adds.