Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Currently touring with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, it is rare to find a multi-faceted musician with the humility and talent of Buddy Miller.

A wearer of many hats, he's not only an artist with over a half-dozen albums to his credit (both solo and with his wife, Julie Miller), a producer on recordings from Jimmie Dale Gilmore to the Grammy® awarded Solomon Burke, a songwriter covered by many including the Dixie Chicks, Jars of Clay Levon Helm and Brooks & Dunn, but also a guitarist/sideman for Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams to name a few.

“I'm thinking at first it was the drum mics – the D4 in particular, that were the first mics I got hold of,” Miller recalls. “Later, it was the VX10 and VX5 that I started using on recordings. My wife likes to hold the mic when she's doing vocals, which is generally speaking, something you don't want to encourage especially when recording because, moving around, the distance from the mic changes and produces some strange effects. But whatever it takes to get a good vocal is okay with me if it makes her more comfortable. But finding the right mic was a struggle until we got a hold of the Audix mics.

Miller's expanded upon his initial D4 to include a whole set of drum mics in the studio. In fact, a great example of how his drums sound on record can be witnessed on Solomon's critically acclaimed 2006 release Nashville (featuring duets with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Patty Loveless, Gillian Welch, and Dolly Parton), plus the forthcoming Moorer CD coming in January 2008. "The whole drumset is looking pretty Audix-like," he laughs. "I've got the kit all miked up: a D6 on the bass drum, D4's on the toms, an i5 for snare, and SCX25A lollipop mics overhead. They're working great. Whenever I'm doing drums it's got to be the Audix mics."


Watch and Learn: How to Mic Drums; How to Mic Guitar; How to Mic Vocals; How to Mic a Choir. Also, many great tips from artists and engineers about their mic choices and applications.


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