White Embraces T-funk

Noel White, drum technician and co-owner of Hudson Street Sound in Annapolis, MD, has been using Telefunken microphones for both recording sessions and live sound reinforcement.
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Hudson Street Sound studio co-owners (l-r) Noel White and Frank Marshand with their Telefunken mics.
Annapolis, MD (May 9, 2014)—Noel White, drum technician and co-owner of Hudson Street Sound in Annapolis, MD, has been using Telefunken microphones for both recording sessions and live sound reinforcement.

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White's mic lineup includes a matched pair of AR-51 large diaphragm condenser mics, four small diaphragm M-260 mics and an array of dynamic microphones, including the new Telefunken DD5 drum mic package.

"In this digital age, we have to deal with a top end that can get brittle and harsh at times," says White. "It's all about the source and with the Telefunken M-260s everything above 5k just sounds nicer. Hi-hat, piano, acoustic guitar; you name it, they all sound great. With these mics you save a lot of time—get 'em where you want them and you're in business."

In addition to his work as a drum tech, White is also responsible for top drummers' in-ear monitor mixes. As a drummer himself, White is especially sensitive to the needs of drummers. "Drummers and I talk about it all the time," he continues. "The monitoring has to sound great. Even the bleed has to sound good. And with Telefunken's dynamic drum package, it almost sounds like a lovely gate sound, because the rejection on those microphones is so good. You can just leave the mix wide open, it's still airy and nice, and it doesn't get in the way. You don't even need to gate it. So by the time you turn everything on, the whole package is just really, really working. I couldn't say enough about these mics. They make my job easier."

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