Microphones Used: Vocals- OM7
Aptly described as a "One-Woman Metal Hurricane," The Commander-In- Chief is nothing if not fascinatingly complex: She is the first female seven string guitarist/singer and songwriter in metal. If that's not enough, she writes socially relevant songs and has a global perspective, which could be the result of living in several countries and speaking four languages.
The Commander-In- Chief has found Audix to be an absolute, especially during a live performance. She says, "With my four octave vocal range, which includes a very unique super-sonic register, it is very hard to find a microphone that can handle all aspects of my voice, for live performances. In the Audix OM7 I have found a microphone that can capture all the different harmonies and timbres of my voice in an absolutely fantastic way. I can focus on playing my technical riffs and solos on guitar, without worrying about how my voice will sound. I also use Audix microphones for all the instruments in my line up for live shows".
"The Audix microphones are really awesome. They were introduced to me by my sound engineer, Manni Hammond, and I have used them ever since. They are perfect for my voice. ."
"The Commander is a massive challenge on vocals", says Hammond - FOH engineer since her first public appearances. "She has four octaves that she can sing over. I've tried numerous mics and none of them captured the complete sound and range of her voice. Some were really harsh on the high-end, which is critical, because she has a spike in the higher frequencies."
Finding the right mic for such a challenging voice took Hammond through the usual choices until he tried Audix. "I used an OM5 from my kit and it smoothed everything out. With the OM7, however, I got even better off-axis rejection on loud stages and better gain before feedback, so that was our final choice."
In addition to OM7's for vocals, FOH engineer Hammond uses the Audix i5 on her guitar cabs. "And I'm a mad fan of the Audix D6! With a well-tuned kick drum, you just slide it in with little or no EQ -and i5's on the snare sound wicked too! I haven't got a bad word about Audix mics."
Photo: Mike Davis