Veteran Front of House engineer Kevin Madigan recently brought Santana’s long-awaited Miraculous Supernatural tour to fans across North America, using Austrian Audio microphones to capture key elements from the legendary rock artist.
With over twenty years of experience in Front of House engineering and Studio sessions alike, Madigan has worked with a plethora of legendary musicians, including Neil Young, Lana Del Rey, Smashing Pumpkins, Ray LaMontagne, David Gilmour, Lucinda Williams, Phil Lesh, Eels, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, to name only a few.
With accuracy and reliability paramount factors on the Miraculous Supernatural tour, Austrian Audio microphones were a clear choice for Madigan. Known for their advanced polar pattern design features and superior sonic performance, two Austrian Audio OC818 large-diaphragm condenser microphones were chosen for Carlos’ guitar, while the OC707 True Condenser mic ensured the vocals were reproduced with precision and clarity.
“We needed something to reproduce that guitar tone everybody knows, and to handle high SPL, show after show” explained Madigan. “The mics worked out great throughout the year on the Santana tour and residencies, and we’ll be using them again next year.”
Austrian Audio’s prominent blend of tradition and technology have made them a top choice for artists who prioritise sonic character, as Martin Seidl, CEO of Austrian Audio highlights:
“We are honoured and humbled that our mics were chosen to capture Santana’s iconic guitar tone and vocals on stage. As fans we love his music, and as microphone makers we love that we can help bring his music to his fans.”