beyerdynamic join Depeche Mode on tour
British cult band Depeche Mode launched a world tour to celebrate their latest album “Spirit”. On the European, they performed 34 shows in front of 1.5 million fans in 21 different European countries.
5th May 2017 - Stockholm
To ensure that the unique Depeche Mode sound comes across as it should, live in the various arenas throughout the world, Antony King - Sound Engineer placed his trust in a whole range of beyerdynamic products.
Antony King, Sound Engineer, Depeche Mode explains:
“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. And 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."
The experienced sound engineer used beyerdynamic’s TG 1000 Digital Wireless Microphone Systems to ensure that he can handle any radio frequency interference anywhere in the world – as well as be able to deliver the best possible sound quality. A TG 1000 handheld transmitter with TG MM1w interchangeable capsule was used to test the sound system during the preparations at each venue. Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan and guitarist Martin Gore both used 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, opted for the Wired TG V70 Live Vocal Microphone.
On the bass drum played by drummer Christian Eigner, Antony King used a TG D70 dynamic hypercardioid microphone and a TG D71 boundary microphone to create the desired sound.
The toms were miked up with beyerdynamic TG D57, TG D58, M 201 TG, TG D50 and TG D70 microphones while the hi-hat was picked up by an MC 930 condenser microphone. Two MC 840 microphones and two M 160 double ribbon microphones served as overheads. The robust and stable beyerdynamic GST 500 model was chosen for the microphone stands.