Doug Hammer 2018-03-21T17:20:48+00:00

DOUG HAMMER

Pianist

“Different microphones have different sonic characteristics and some add colors to the sound and others take things away, and depending on the application, that can be a good thing. But for my needs, I really just wanted to capture the beautiful sound of my piano. And the Earthworks QTC series microphones and 1022 preamplifier completely captured it.”

Multi-award winning pianist, composer and producer Doug Hammer has been using Earthworks products for over a decade. He has been involved with music since the age of three and began piano lessons at the age of six. He was educated in contemporary, jazz and classical styles of music.

A scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doug’s musical world continued to flourish, gaining experience in everything from record production to orchestration and arranging. After Berklee, he opened his own project studio and production company, Dreamworld Productions. His studio and skills have served the needs of many, working on projects for film, web, TV, radio and corporations. He has produced countless artists in a diversity of styles.

After many years of success with his business, Doug started releasing his own music. It features his Schimmel concert grand and a pair of Earthworks QTC50’s. His piano has a pure, crystal clear tone. The Earthworks microphones capture his piano beautifully and have become part of his signature sound.

Doug’s music has won countless awards and nominations from radio, websites and media. His music is widely popular on internet, satellite and radio stations all over the world. It has received over 130 million plays on Pandora, Spotify, Music Choice and Whisperings Solo Piano Radio. His album, Solace, is a big hit on Pandora and his double album, Travels, won Album of the Year on Whisperings Solo Piano Radio.

Tours this year include the Pacific Northwest in September and the Midwest in November. Cites include Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Madison, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Doug recently released his ninth album, Haiku. It contains fifteen meticulously handcrafted songs, distilled to their essence, all recorded with the Earthworks QTC50’s microphones and 1022 preamp. He was able to capture every whisper, harmonic and resonance of his concert grand piano. For the listener, it’s just like being there.

Doug’s tenth album, Christmas Lights, is soon to be released. Recorded the same way as Haiku, it features his distinctive, emotive playing and arrangements.

Doug Hammer albums featuring Earthworks microphones:

Solace (2007)
Baby Music 1 (2008)
Baby Music 2 (2008)
Noel (2008)
Travels (2011)
Heart (2013)
Secret World (2014)
Haiku (2015)
Christmas Lights (2015)
Americana (2016)

Currently Using

QTC50mp

1022

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.

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