Kyle Gerhart...

How'd you get your start as an engineer? Include any pertinent info about groups you've worked with.

I started off as a live engineer working with church bands when I was growing up. While I was in college for recording engineering, I worked for a local sound company as a live engineer to pay my bills. Since then I've always been a live sound engineer. I am currently working with an artist named Ron Pope, as his tour manager and FOH engineer, as well as running a small touring company that produces concerts for NASCAR.

How did you hear about Audix? What Audix mics are you using and for what applications?

I first heard about Audix while I was in college for recording. The D6 was by far the most popular microphone for kick drum applications, so I bought one. It wasn't until years later that I ran into Eddie Mapp, who shared some of his wisdom and ideas on different ways to use Audix microphones. I ended up replacing my existing microphone locker with almost entirely Audix mics, including the D6, D4, i5, ADX51, OM6 and OM7's. The two microphones that I end up using on every show are a the D6 for kick and OM6 for vocals.

What was the impetus for switching from what you were using previously?

The reason for switching to Audix was twofold. The Audix products gave me the solid sound that I was looking for with the reliability I needed for touring. I also received great customer service and the feeling of family when working with members of their team, which is something you can't put a price tag on.

Any noticeable results?

One word: Consistency. I am able to work with almost any band and get a consistent, solid sound. As long as the source sounds good, I know that the mics will translate that to the PA every time.

What are your favorite features of the mics you're using?

I think my favorite feature on most of the mics is the pickup patterns and how precise they are. The hypercardiod pattern is great for live or recording because the sound is focused and there is minimal bleed from other sources. It's especially helpful when you have multiple live vocal microphones on a stage with live drums.

Have the Audix mics help solve any particular challenges for you?

Before I began using the OM6 for vocals, on smaller stages I would almost never need overheads on the drums because of the bleed into the vocal microphone downstage. With the OM6 I find in most cases that I now can use the overheads, which gives me more control of the mix and a fuller drum sound.

Any good Audix anecdotes?

Originally I was using i5's for snare drum like many other engineers. One show I ran out of i5's and ended up using a D4 on snare. I liked it so much, that I haven't switched back.

Any special tips on how to use the mics?

Like any microphone, placement is everything. Play around with moving the mic before touching the EQ. These microphones will give you the sound you are looking for, you just have to place them correctly. If you do that, you will need minimal EQ and will make setup much faster.