Freya Ridings On The Road With Audio-Technica

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With one of the most distinctive voices to emerge from the UK in the last few years, Freya Ridings has had a busy start to 2019. A headline tour (including a sold-out show at London’s legendary Roundhouse) in support of her debut studio album garnered rave reviews and she’s set to follow up with a series of US dates later in the year.

Ridings’ front of house engineer Tim Morris has relied on an array of Audio-Technica microphones throughout the tour, on both vocals and band backline, including an AE5400 cardioid condenser and AE6100 and ATM610a hypercardioid dynamics for main and backing vocals and the diminutive AE2300 cardioid dynamic instrument mic for snare top.

“I love the response of the AE5400 condenser on Freya’s voice,” says Morris, “and it’s my favourite option for things like TV appearances, where it really delivers a studio-like sound. For the backing vocals the tight pickup pattern of the ATM610a works really well on stage and I’ve been very happy with those.

“The entire drum kit is Audio-Technica too; I use the classic AT4033 large-diaphragm condensers for overheads and I’ve been impressed with the compact mics – the ATM230 hypercardioid dynamic (on toms) and the AE2300 are so easy to position on a kit and sound amazing.”

Morris - whose career takes in both studio and live engineering, with a CV that features Enter Shikari, Keane, Kylypso and Giungla – has also been using an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system at FOH for the tour, based around the flagship dLive S7000 surface.