Garbage’s FOH engineer, Brad Divens, is no stranger to Earthworks microphones on tour. “I used the DP25/C and the DP30/C on Don Brewer’s kit during the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tour last year,” says Divens. “I was so blown away by the microphones that I used them on Stephen Perkins kit while on tour with Jane’s Addiction, also adding a pair of SR25s for overheads.”
After learning about the WL40V Wireless Capsule, Divens reached out to Earthworks to ask about trying the capsule on Garbage’s lead singer, Shirley Manson. “I heard that it was being developed and close to being finished about the time Garbage was starting up rehearsals,” says Divens. “I called Kim Hilton at Earthworks and inquired about trying one out on Shirley. I figured since the drum mics were so amazing that the vocal mic had to be just as impressive.”
As a touring professional who has used his fair share of microphones and wireless capsules on stage, Divens explains the major benefit of using the WL40V that he found. “When Shirley said to me that this was the first time she’s used a microphone that sounded like what she uses in the studio, I knew it was the one.”
“Shirley is a very dynamic singer and the WL40V responds well to her different vocal styles. One song she’ll be very intense and aggressive and the next song very soft and lush. She loves the way this microphone sounds both in her ears and on the live recordings that I’ve done on the road,” explains Divens.
Divens also got to try out the Earthworks SR40V wired vocal microphone at the 98.7 FM & Grammys.com performance in May. “I thought the SR40V sounded incredible,” says Divens. “It required very little EQ. It had clarity, presence and a very rich sonic quality about it. The rejection is very impressive also. When we do these types of performances there are wedges involved and we all know how troublesome that can be at times.”
So, how does the WL40V Wireless Capsule compare to its wired counterpart, the SR40V? “It had the same sonic clarity and presence as the SR40V,” concludes Divens. “A great addition to the Earthworks family of microphones.”