Phil Vassar Tours With Audio-Technica Mics

Dec 5, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Phil Vassar, winner of the 2002 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Male Vocalist, as well as awards for his songwriting from ASCAP and Billboard, has recently been employing Audio-Technica 4000 Series mics.

"I’ve tried a lot of different wireless units, and Audio-Technica’s 4000 Series is the most reliable and best-sounding by far," said Vassar. The songwriter is using the A-T Artist Elite 4000 Series Wireless System with AEW-T3300 condenser handheld during live shows. "No matter where I run, on or off the stage, the consistent quality continues to astound me. I only want to use A-T from now on."

That assessment is echoed by Danny Perdieu, Vassar’s longtime front-of-house mixer and tour manager: "Phil’s voice is so strong that I needed a capsule that could capture everything about his voice. One thing I noticed about the T3300 capsule is that, despite the kind of pressure Phil was putting on it, it simply wasn’t distorting. That’s exactly what I need to get his in-your-face vocal approach across to the audience."

Vassar’s bandmembers are also A-T users. Perdieu is using the new A-T AE2500 dual element mic on Angelo Collura’s kick drum. "Before, when I wanted to get a very low, solid ‘thump’ sound, I had to sacrifice the sound of the attack," Perdieu said. "With the AE2500, I’m getting both, and I can even cut one element off for a ballad so it doesn’t overpower the vocals, then bring it back up in one of the faster songs. That ability makes a world of difference." On the rest of the drum kit, Perdieu is using A-T’s ATM35’s on racks and floor toms and the A-T AE5100 on overheads. Three A-T AE3300’s are used for backup vocals onstage, and guitar cabinets are miked with the A-T AE3000.

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