Coldplay’s current world tour is using a number of Earthworks microphones for drummer Will Champion’s kit, chosen after the band’s front of house engineer Dan Green auditioned a number of Earthworks models provided by UK distributor Unity Audio, specifically .
“Since moving to the Earthworks drum microphones, my drum sound has really expanded. The transient response of these microphones is incredible. Before I use to rely on transient enhancing plug-ins to get a similar sound, now it is all from the SR40 overheads,” explains Green. “One of the other benefits of the new DP30/C periscope microphones are their new very rugged flexible arms, this gives me so many options on placement. They are a great addition to any studio recording or live performance.”
The full complement of drum microphones includes SR40MP (matched pair) for overheads, SR30/HC for kick and hi-hat (including the KickPad for the kick mic), and DP30/C drum periscope mics for snare top and bottom as well as all toms.
Green also took the opportunity to test Earthworks’ new SR40V handheld condenser and ordered several for backing vocals. He’s also using an M30 measurement microphone for analyzing the house system.
Coldplay’s use of Earthworks drum microphones now is in addition to other artists such as Steve Gadd, Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), and The Killers.