Rufus Wainwright On Tour With The Pm40 -
Wednesday, 14th July 2010
"We chose to use the earthworks PM40-T with Rufus Wainwright because we needed a mic that would be natural sounding, detailed and sympathetic to the various playing styles that Rufus incorporates during his show. We tried several mics and piano miking systems and instantly felt that the PM-40 to be the best. It?s versatility, speed and simplicity to set up, regardless of what piano you use was an added bonus.
The show being a solo performance, both voice and piano are laid bare for the audience to see or in actuality, hear. So, it was essential that we found a microphone that can represent the complexity of tone and dynamics that you find in a grand piano. Presenting the piano in a natural, unimposing manner, allowing the audience to feel as though they are seeing an acoustic show (albeit an enhanced show). This was also visually achieved by the PM-40T as it is conspicuous and unimposing, basically hidden to the audience and not requiring any external stands or obtrusive cabling.
A lovely sounding microphone that maintains its integrity whether the piano is fully open, on a short stick or fully closed. This has helped us maintain a level of consistency for the show in any situation we have found ourselves in. Be that indoors, outdoors or accompanied by other instruments.
With only a voice and piano, both elements are under a microscope as there is no other instrumentation to detract or distract from either of them. So, the quality of reproduction has to be at its highest and with the PM40, I think we achieve that." - Suneil Pusari, Tour Engineer