Dry The River

Dry The River

Microphones Used: Vocals- OM7OM5 Drums- D6i5

UK based quintet Dry the River present all the trappings of a mellow indie folk-rock group until they hit the stage. "I think people are surprised when they come to see us live," says founder and front-man Peter Liddle. "They expect us to be really calm and quiet but in some ways we're the opposite."

Some ways indeed... Dry the River goes from a wistful whisper all the way to '11' in the blink of an eye. The audience may be surprised, but FOH soundman Simon Fuller is not. "These guys have a tremendous dynamic range," explains Fuller. "They're quite loud on stage." "Working with Peter, we made a couple of fundamental changes to how he approached his live vocal performance," explains Fuller.

"Peter can be very demanding of his monitor wedge or an in-ear-monitor solution, to which he recently switched," continues Fuller. "He likes his mix to be quite bright, so we've been comparing the OM6 and OM7, and so far it looks like the OM7 has that extra high-end performance that keeps me from having to roll-off a lot of bottom end. The OM7 allows me to run Peter's vocal mic with little or no EQ at all, which is great given the various mixing consoles that we get that may or may not do EQ particularly well."

Where Peter can peel the paint off of a wind-screen, fellow singer Matt is rather much quieter. His OM5, with its tight pick-up pattern allows for Fuller to get a bit more gain with less bleed from drums, cymbals and amps. "It's a challenge to get Matt's vocal performance level up to where it can match Peter," adds Fuller. "A tighter mic lets me wring-out a bit more gain without getting too much other stuff in there."

Fuller sums up his challenge by saying, "Dry the River is a folk band with vocal harmonies, nice blends and reverbs, but they do like to punch-out with thrashy guitars at times. It can be quite challenging to re-configure the mix from song to song. The more I work with the Audix mics, the more I like them. They allow me to focus on the sound of the band and the mix."

Audix mics are also used throughout the rest of the band's instrumentation, particularly the D6 on kick-drum; a long-time favorite. Rummaging through drummer Jon Warren's collection of mics provided Audix I5's that have recently found their place for a number of applications including guitar amps; replacing the usual go-to choice.