Franklin, TN (November 22, 2013)—For the current Latin America and European tour with alt-rock band Paramore, FOH engineer Eddie Mapp is using three sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 ribbon microphones and a pair of IRF2 instrument reflexion filters.
Mapp is using the VR1s on the electric guitar rigs in the live line-up, where three touring musicians supplement the three-piece band.
“Each of the three guitar players has a clean guitar rig and a distorted guitar rig; I've got the VR1s on the distorted cabinets as well as Taylor's clean amp,” explains Mapp. “I like to tune my PA as a nice linear system, so it's nice to have a flat microphone like the VR1 where I can place the high-end emphasis wherever I need it out front, and the ribbon element really helps it sit in the mix with out overpowering the vocal in the upper-mid range.”
“I've always liked ribbon microphones and mainly used them more in the studio as room mics and for different applications,” Mapp adds. “But I hadn't used them a lot on guitar in the past, just because of the lack of top end.”
Mapp uses z-bars to position the VR1s on each cabinet, and has adapted hardware to allow him to also position IRF2 filters on two of the rigs. “The two upstage guitar players both have rear-facing cabinets, so I'm using IRF2 filters on those, especially when we're playing smaller places with a close back wall, just to eliminate that first reflection. I try to keep everything on stage as isolated as possible because I'm already sending it out into this giant, ambient space.”