Carter McLean 2018-02-27T16:40:51+00:00



“Earthworks mics have the detail and clarity I need in the studio and on stage. I have never heard my instruments sound this REAL!!!! AMAZING.”

Carter McLean is what sports writers call a “multithreat.” Along with playing some SERIOUS drum set, he also plays tabla and piano. In addition, he’s a composer, arranger, and synth programmer. And the guys only in his early twenties! -Modern Drummer Magazine.

Carter McLean was born in San Francisco California in 1978 and shortly thereafter moved to Connecticut. This is where McLean listened to and fell in love with music and especially the drums. At age 10 he started his journey as a musician. Today living in NYC he has been exposed to every style possible.

From big band at Birdland to the Lion King on Broadway. Mclean has been busy touring and doing studio work in the city as well as touring with brother Jamie McLean and R&B singer Martin Luther. McLean has also shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Anthony Hamilton, Bernie Worell (Parliament Funkadelic) Fred Wesley (James Brown), Leni Stern and many others. McLean continually tries to check out all the knowledge in NYC and grow as a musician.

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Q&A with Carter

Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?

A: Using since 2009.

Q: What Earthworks products are you using?

A: SR25, SR20LS, DM20, TC20, 1024 preamp, KickPad

Q: Favorite Earthworks product?

A: EVERYTHING……..the SR25 is amazing

Q: What is your favorite thing about Earthworks products and their performance?

A: The first thing I noticed about the mics is how REAL everything sounds. No hype… no miss ….just what you put in front on the mic comes back in a very real and pleasing way. It has helped me translate my sound.

Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?

A: Just use a SR25 mono OH and a SR20LS about 3” in front of kick and you have magic.

Q: Career highlights?

A: Playing with Charlie Hunter is the most musical situation I have ever experienced.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: THANK YOU to earthworks for making these products a reality. MAGIC.

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