Q&A with Doug
Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?
A: I started using the TC30K’s in my studio back in 2000. I had just built the studio and wanted a great pair for my piano and drum overheads. I still have them and they are still great!
Q: What Earthworks products are you using?
A: I have the original TC30K’s, QTC50’s, the 2 channel 1022 ZDT Preamp and the Sigma 6.2 studio monitors.
Q: Favorite Earthworks product?
A: All of them! But I do love the QTC50 microphones for their accuracy. They work so well with my Schimmel Concert Grand Piano. It is my sound.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Earthworks products and their performance?
A: Performance-wise, they are solid and reliable. Sound-wise, they are true-sounding to whatever I’m recording. The depth and realism is amazing!
Q: Describe how they have helped your sound.
A: My solo piano work can be very understated. I needed microphones and a preamp that would completely capture the acoustic picture of the instrument. Piano is very hard to record, but not with Earthworks. I use the QTC50’s as a spaced pair and they beautifully capture the frequency and dynamic range of my instrument. You can especially hear this on my release, Haiku.
Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?
A: Play around with microphone positioning. Even with omni mics, an inch or two from the source can make a difference.
Q: Career highlights?
A: It was a thrill to perform at Carnegie Hall. The acoustics and piano were perfect!
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: The Earthworks QTC microphones and 1022 preamplifier allow me to completely capture the sound of my piano. Every harmonic and resonance and note. It’s all I could ever ask for.