Chris Mitchell 2018-02-27T16:41:40+00:00


FOH Engineer, Umphrey's McGee

“My guitar player has been a ribbon mic fanatic, as he likes the high frequency drop off associated with ribbon mics, and felt that warmth was necessary for a rock & roll guitar tone. I explained to him that in addition to the extend frequency response and flatness that the Earthworks mics will give you, the microphones transient response is going to capture more detail of the guitar tone from the guitar amp speaker than a ribbon or dynamic mic can. After I started miking his guitar amp with SR25s, he came back to me a couple weeks later and said that he could actually hear the difference between a worn plastic guitar pick and new plastic pick, because of the detail coming from the Earthworks microphone.”

Chris Mitchell, a North Carolina native and family man, met his now wife in Boone in 1994. After meeting her and telling her he had a four track recorder, he immediately went out and bought one. Needing to impress this woman, he submerged himself in the art of live sound and recording and ran with it.

Chris is essentially a walking encyclopedia, a man of great insight and wisdom who is not afraid to think outside the box. He has become one of the most admired and well respected engineers in the business.

His touring journeys began with North Carolina bluegrass power-house Acoustic Syndicate and he has worked with the likes of Tracy Chapman, Kitaro, Old Crow Medicine Show, G Love & Special Sauce and the Charlotte Bobcats. Being the Zen Master that he is, he was also able to endure a five year stint with Mickey Hart. Kevin Browning then poached his talents to become front house engineer for Umphrey’s McGee at the beginning of 2011.

In his off time, in the house that he built, he enjoys recording and producing up-and-coming local and regional bands. He also works for a local production company and does shows throughout North Carolina and the east coast region.

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Q&A with Chris

Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?

A: I purchased my first SR71’s about 8 years ago. I was a big fan from using them in various studios in my area.

Q: What Earthworks products are you using?

A: We use the whole cardioid line: DP30/C & SR77 (SR30) on drums, DM20, SR71 (SR30) & SR78 (SR30/HC) on percussion, SR25 on guitars, SR40V on vocals.

Q: Favorite Earthworks product?

A: DP30/C is my snare secret.

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

A: My favorite thing about our Earthworks mics has to be the transient response. So much information is contained in the first few microseconds.

Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?

A: If you use compression on Earthworks mics, try a slow attack or parallel compression to avoid squashing the initial transients.

Q: Career highlights?

A: FOH engineer for Umphrey’s McGee. Previous clients include Mickey Hart, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA).

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: My mixing technique is dynamic and full range. Earthworks microphones do a phenomenal job in capturing exactly what’s happening. The frequency & transient response make it very easy to create a stunning mix.

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