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Recording Engineer Donal Hodgson Upgrades To AKG K812 Reference Headphones

Will be utilizing new headphones in recording Sting, beginning this week

By PSW Staff February 17, 2014

Donal Hodgson with his new AKG K812 headphones

Donal Hodgson, an award-winning sound engineer with an impressive list of credits, including work with Sting, Primal Scream, Jeff Beck, the La’s, and more, recently upgraded his recording setup with AKG K812 headphones.

Based in the United Kingdom, Hodgson, who’s latest project was recording Ronnie Wood’s performance at BluesFest 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall, with special guests Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller, states, “The K812 headphones are amazing. They’re incredibly comfortable, and although they felt quite heavy when compared to my long-standing headphones, wearing them is a different story. I hardly noticed I had them on.”

Hodgson also notes the sound quality of the AKG headphones. “I’m really impressed with their performance,” he says. “I’m hearing detail on the headphones I simply don’t hear on my speakers. I am now worried to listen to some of my old mixes because I’m afraid I’ll hear lots of stuff that I’ll want to fix.”

The K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. A fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads help ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

Hodgson adds that he is planning on recording with Sting this week: “I’ll take the K812s with me and see if I can make him jealous!”

In fact, he plans on taking the K812s to all future projects. “I have a feeling the K812s will always be close by wherever I am working,” he concludes. “They are the new standard in sonic excellence.”

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