Depeche Mode has taken Beyerdynamic products on tour to provide sound for their latest album Spirit.
Kicking off in Stockholm on May 5 – the British cult band will have performed 34 shows in front of 1.5 million fans when their European leg is up, before continuing their tour in North and South America.
Sound engineer Antony King uses Beyerdynamic’s TG 1000 digital wireless system to handle radio frequency interference, while a TG 1000 handheld transmitter with TG MM1w interchangeable capsule is used to test the sound system during the preparations at each venue.
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan and guitarist Martin Gore both use TG 1000 handheld transmitters with hypercardioid TG V70w interchangeable capsules for their vocal performances. The band’s long-serving live sideman, Peter Gordeno, on the other hand, uses a wired version, with the dynamic TG V70 live vocal microphone.
“Unlike in the studio, where we have the optimum conditions for audio work, achieving a good live sound always involves successfully overcoming the challenges posed by the respective venue,” explained King.
On the bass drum played by drummer Christian Eigner, King uses a TG D70 and a TG D71 boundary microphone (a condenser half-cardioid microphone) to create the desired sound. The toms are miked up with Beyerdynamic TG D57, TG D58, M 201 TG, TG D50 and TG D70 microphones. The hi-hat is picked up by an MC 930 condenser microphone, while two MC 840 microphones and two M 160 double ribbon microphones serve as overheads. The robust Beyerdynamic GST 500 model was chosen for the microphone stands.
“When it comes to dealing with such unavoidable circumstances, it’s great to be able to rely on technology that is designed to overcome any obstacle,” King concluded.