Using the microphones on stage allows a lot of people to hear and see the microphones and to even test and compare them to other microphones themselves when time allows.
I love the mics! Smooth, natural, good proximity performance, quiet…not sterile, no hype, just like Butta. And although I haven’t done an exhaustive test it already sounds better than my original (and mint) U67s and U87s, don’t want to get ahead but I think you guys have a winner in the 818… the price and all the technology you have packed into it.
Using the microphones on stage allows a lot of people to hear and see the microphones and to even test and compare them to other microphones themselves when time allows. This can be easier and more targeted than just talking about them on a forum which I will continue to do, and it gives valuable feedback about the reliability about the reliability and solidity of the microphones too. So far they have traveled thousands of kilometers in my gig bag and withstood all kinds of climatic conditions… from freezing cold and humid conditions in the Alps and the Pyrenees to torrid heatwave and dusty conditions at some festivals without any problems and/or deterioration in performance that I can hear.
Sam was using AA microphones on Rafael Diaz Diaz (sax) and Ricardo Losa (trumpet) members of the Blackbelts, a soul, blues, funk ensemble touring with new soul sensation JP Bimeni whom he was recently touring with.
Marc Franklin (trumpet) and Kirk Smothers (Saxophone) of the famous Memphis band The Bo-Keys who were playing with Don Bryant at Cahors Jazz and Blues festival in France, They were on an extensive tour of Europe this summer and Sam Clayton was called in to mix some of the more important festivals dates.
Sam Clayton about himself:
I’ve been a professional live sound and recording/mix engineer for almost forty years. My work takes me to all corners of the world on live tours or recording/mixing in one studio or another. During this time I was lucky to enough to work with some really great bands and artists in some of the most well-known and prestigious festivals, venues and studios around the world.
I am currently in Jamaica working on a project with Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and David Cariol a young French singer. Here is a short list of some of the other bands and artist I’ve worked with either live, in the studio or both in last few years:
Toots and the Maytals, The Rolling Stones, Eric Bibb, Fatoumata Diawara, Orchestra Boabab, Steel Pulse, Horace Andy, Sly and Robbie, Eric Gales, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cory Harrison, Burning Spear, Otis Taylor, Shamekia Copeland, Damian Marley, Phil Wiggins, Nas, Snoop dog, Habib Koité