Pictured is the TELEFUNKEN M80 "Woody" dynamic microphone signed by the Beach Boys to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.
For the Beach Boy's 50th Anniversary world tour and continuing engagements, the band has chosen the M80 dynamic microphone from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik in the new "Woody" faux oak finish. The first 15 mics off the handmade assembly line went out on the 50th Anniversary world tour and were signed by the band to raise funds for their favorite charity, The Surfrider Foundation. Additional "Woody" mics are still on the road for continuing Beach Boys engagements.
TELEFUNKEN's artist liaison Jason Scheuner explained, "Shortly before the tour began, I got a call from their mixer Mark Newman. He was familiar with our M80 dynamic and needed 15 right away. As luck would have it, we had just come up with the new oak finish and it just clicked as reminiscent of the surfer's favorite old Woody stationwagons of the '40s. We said if the band would sign them, we would donate and auction them off for their favorite charity."
Mark Newman has been mixing the Beach Boys live for the past six years and for the first full reunion, he was called on to take care of the 50th Anniversary tour, as well. "It was a joy to work with all of them and have those voices in the mix," he remarked. "I love the clarity of those mics, because I want the lyrics to be intelligible and I want the audience to be able to connect with the band and the message they are conveying. The M80s do it for me easily. And I love the proximity effect that requires the artist to stay on mic, giving me minimal stage bleed."
Beach Boys fans can now get the full experience from the reunion tour in the upcoming double album from the trek. The new album, "Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour," features 41 tracks from the tour and will be released digitally and as a 2 CD set on May 21st. The recordings were captured during the band's worldwide reunion tour and feature Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, and music director Jeffrey Foskett. It was Wilson's first tour with the band in over two decades.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik created the M80 to give the user a superior alternative to the midrange-laden character of typical stage mics. Featuring a wider frequency response and higher SPL capabilities the M80 delivers condenser-like performance in a rugged dynamic design, producing a microphone suitable for voice, instruments or drums on both stage and in the studio.
Mixer Mark Newman added, "I'd also like to give a shout out to the team at TELEFUNKEN. Their quick response for this special request was much appreciated and their customer service is unparalleled -- give a call or email and they really make things happen."
For info about the Beach Boys' "Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour," visit:http://www.thebeachboys.com
To learn about The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the worlds oceans, waves and beaches: http://www.surfrider.org
About TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik produces a comprehensive line of fine microphones, ranging from meticulously engineered replicas of historic vintage microphones handcrafted in the USA, to the R-F-T series of microphones that take advantage of the globalization of technology, as well as innovative dynamic microphones for live and studio performance.
To learn more about TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, visit: http://www.t-funk.com