CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
North Wales, UK
Founded in 2007, Catfish and the Bottlemen have risen with astonishing speed into the rock world. Their first album landed at number 10 on the UK chart and number 13 on the US Rock chart, and they've already performed at such acclaimed venues as Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Governor's Ball, and on the Late Show with David Letterman.
FOH engineer Mike Woodhouse utilizes three guitaRF Reflexion Filters to help capture the band's heavy guitar tones on stage. "I've been using ribbon microphones on guitars for some time, and due to the nature of my ribbon microphone of choice, I've always end up picking up a lot of unwanted stage noise from its figure of eight pattern.”
He initially tried to combat this by taping up the rear of the microphone, which he said was somewhat effective, “but that changed the tone dramatically, and for the worse. This is when I got thinking about either ditching the microphone altogether, or using something that would help reduce noise whilst keeping the tone intact - which brings me to sE."
“[The guitaRF] looked like a perfect contender for the job. Small, touring-friendly and I could even double-mic my guitar cabs too…winner! The design is lightweight yet extremely robust; it can be dismantled for touring with ease and does the job to absolute perfection.”
In the past I’ve had trouble getting the guitars sitting nicely on top of the mix due to the stage noise, but with these filters I can get the boys’ guitars screaming over any PA without worry of feedback or unwanted stage noise coming from out front. The beauty of having the rubber grommet in the center of the filter means I can keep both my microphones in the same position, knowing they won’t move or be aligned slightly out of phase, ever!”
“All in all, sE have created something for the live market that should be in practice for every touring band. I mean, why wouldn't you want studio sound quality in an entirely live sound environment?”