Experienced sound engineer Ric Peet has spent the last six months mixing a variety of acts in a vast cross-section of venues — and has been pivotal in Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's meteoric rise to stardom.
During that period the roster of artists could scarcely have been more extreme, ranging from Crazy P and Saint Saviour to his present stint with Jack Savoretti.
A rugged and dependable vocal mic was imperative, and since being introduced to the AKG D7 dynamic mic at KOKO (when he arrived there with Crazy P) he has never looked back. “I instantly fell in love with it,” he says.
Ric found it matched perfectly with Danielle Moore's vocal timbre just as he also did later when working with former Groove Armada singer Becky Jones (Saint Saviour). It's absolutely great with breathy female singers like Becky and Danielle — rugged and dynamic, and sounding like a more expensive, high output studio condenser. Also the artists really liked it.”
But it's been on Jake Bugg's live performances that it has really been noticed. Introduced to the singer's manager Jason Hart in their native Nottingham, he wondered how the D7 would work with harder, grainier vocals. “Jake was already quite mic savvy and the manager immediately remarked on how much he loved the vocal sound. The D7 just seems to bring out the characteristics of the voice, whoever the vocalist is,” reports Peet.
But as the musician's stock rose, venue infrastructures became higher quality and the sound just got better and better — particularly when he started doing support shows with Michael Kiwanuka. “By the time we reached the festival season, all sound engineers we met were commenting on how great the sound was. That's when I really saw the quality of the D7 as a top performance mic, and through the festival season, the D7 became my automatic ‘go-to' vocal mic.”
As a former studio engineer Ric Peet has always been around AKG mics. He has also hired in AKG's new DMS700 wireless system, running the D7 capsule, and will shortly turn that into a system purchase.
On his current outing, not only can the smoother vocal timbre of Jack Savoretti be heard through the D7 but the sound engineer has also miked the drum kit with AKG C518Ms, with the latest C414 XLS assigned to the overheads and hi-hat.
“Everyone is loving the sound of AKG,” he confirms.
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