Earthworks turns fifteen9 November 2010
After founding dbx in 1971, audio pioneer David Blackmer, who also invented new technologies in VCAs and true RMS detectors for companders and compressors, went on to create Earthworks, which is now one of the world’s leading microphone manufacturers – and fifteen years old this November. Blackmer’s fascination as to why live music sounded different to recorded music spawned Earthworks’ first High Definition microphone: the OM1. Today, a whole host of High Definition products are available and used on a wide range of pro audio applications including recording, live sound, and audio test and measurement. “It’s all about capturing the sound as true to the source as the laws of physics permit,” says Earthworks’ COO Bill Norton. “David’s approach to understanding the way we listen to sound laid the groundwork and set the tone for all that we do here.” Earthworks’ QTC40, which is part of its Quiet Time Coherent Series, remains a popular choice for recording quieter sources including vocals, strings, acoustic guitars and distant miked choirs and orchestras; and the PM40 PianoMic system was designed to capturie all the complex sounds of the acoustic piano easier. Both models are used by Rob Hunter, Grammy-award winning producer and ex-drummer of UK metal band Raven, for his work on Branford Marsalis’ Contemporary Jazz album.
Norton is confident that Earthworks will continue to go from strength to strength and reveals that there is more to come in the near future. “As we look forward, we have the inspiration, the technology and the commitment of the entire Earthworks team to develop products that enable audio professionals to bring the highest level of sound quality to their projects,” he explains. “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished during these fifteen years, but in all honesty, we all feel as though we’re just getting started .What we’re really looking forward to is the next fifteen!” www.earthworksaudio.com