The Modern Drummer Hall of Fame drummer joins Audix Microphones.

Wilsonville, Oregon, February 22, 2016-Audix Corporation has announced a new endorsement partnership with award-winning drummer Carmine Appice. Appice is best known for his groundbreaking work with psychedelic rock pioneers Vanilla Fudge, as well as Beck, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and many others.

“I love my Audix mics,” says Appice. “They are smooth, rugged, and the sound is awesome-I can really hear the difference. And they’re my favorite color!” Carmine uses an interesting combination of D6 drum microphone and M44condenser instrument microphone on the kick, i5 multi-purpose dynamic instrument microphone on the snare, D4 dynamic instrument microphone on toms, and SCX25As for overheads.

Audix VP of Sales Cliff Castle said in a statement, “Having Carmine on board is an exciting addition to our roster of world-class drummers, not least because of how influential he has been to a vast number of the industry’s top rock drummers. Carmine changed the game for everyone.”

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Carmine Appice is one of the most influential drummers in modern rock, his impact reaching from Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Roger Taylor (Queen), and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), to Phil Collins (Genesis), Neal Peart (Rush), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and countless others.

Known for his larger-than-life stage presence and unforgettable performances, Appice is also known for his staggering roster of some of the industry’s highest-profile artists. Appice toured and recorded with Rod Stewart, including writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Young Turks. After working with Stewart, Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent and played on the Pink Floyd record Momentary Lapse of Reason.

An influential drum educator, Appice’s seminal book The Realistic Rock Drum Method more than 400,000 copies, and he was the first rock musician to conduct instructional clinics around the world. He received a special honor in Los Angeles with his induction into the Hollywood Rock Walk, his handprints appearing next to his drumming idols Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. LA is also one of four major U.S. cities to celebrate Carmine Appice Day, demonstrating that this musician’s reach extends beyond the drum world. Appice’s long-awaited autobiography, Stick It, will be released on May 1, 2016, and his new album with Pat Travers, The Balls Album, comes out March 2016.