GERT RICKMANN-WUNDERLICH

Live Sound Engineer
Owner, RWS-Konzerttechnik


Berlin, Germany

"I was born in 1954, and started playing drums at age 15...I became a sound engineer through learning by doing."

"I studied photography and film, and began playing drums as a pro in a German rock band for a couple of years in the early 80s; the band had their own PA gear and I got in close touch with microphones, mixing desks, PA gear, etc...I became a sound engineer through learning by doing.

Being a jazz fan forever, I luckily got in touch with Jan Garbarek over our joint concert agency, and have been working for Jan Garbarek as MON and FOH engineer since 1985.

I have now worked with Jan Garbarek (for 32 years), Curtis Stigers, Dhafer Youssef, Manu Katché, Maria Joao, Mario Laginha, Beady Belle, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Joachim Kühn, Vienna Teng, Christina Branco, Ketil Björnstad, Trilok Gurtu´s Crazy Saints, Ida Sand, Rigmor Gustaffson, Nana Vasconcelos, United Jazz & Rock Ensemble, and many more."

 

Jan Garbarek´s drummer Trilok Gurtu and the Voodoo VR1.

For some reason ribbon microphones never came to mind when I was choosing microphones for the concerts of those artists I work for.

I have used almost every microphone that money could buy since I´m involved in musical events, either as a musician or a sound engineer over more than 40 years, but a ribbon has not been under it.

"I always thought that this is something you can only use in the recording studio...how wrong was I!"
 

Today I use my sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 and X1 R pairs - especially for drum overheads and percussion, but also for grand piano and electric guitar. On all these applications they do a great job. They give me a truly realistic and natural sound of the instrument.

I really love the mellow highs they provide me with, especially on cymbals - condenser mics often tend to sound a bit harsh. 

I really like getting a full drum set sound directly from the overhead microphones - sE Electronics ribbon mics have these distinctive mellow highs and full bodied low-mids and lows that make them so extremely attractive to me. They give me the sound I like.

 
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