New York, NY (August 2, 2017)—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are on the road, marking their 40th Anniversary with a lengthy tour, all the while with longtime engineer Robert Scovill behind the Avid console at FOH. At each stop, the band’s vocals are being captured through Telefunken M80 dynamic microphones.
Scovill explained, “I’ve been using the Telefunken M80 on vocals for a few tours now and am constantly impressed with both how consistent they are show to show with Tom and The Heartbreakers, coupled with their reliability and durability. The 80 is a really wonderful vocal and instrument mic, nothing less than I would expect from a company with the pedigree of Telefunken.”
In 2010, Scovill designed a hybrid studio recording system specifically for Petty that allowed him and his bandmates to record as if they were onstage, in effect bringing their stage approach to the studio. Petty and co-producer Ryan Ulyate completed multiple albums with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and others where Petty uses a Telefunken U47 large diaphragm condenser mic when recording in this unique setting.
A musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, and he and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.