Audix Sound Engineer

Matt Yonker

Less Than Jake

How did you get your start as an engineer?
I started off on the recording side of things-started messing around with a 4-track and kept moving up from there. I played in touring punk bands for years (Teen Idols, the Queers, Bullets to Broadway, etc.) and I started working for Less Than Jake in 2001 as a drum tech. Their FOH person thought I should start mixing the support bands on the tours and that’s how I ended up here.

What groups have you worked with?
Less Than Jake, Flatliners, Interrupters, A Wilhelm Scream, Descendents, the Bennies, the Bad Signs, and many others.

How did you hear about Audix? 
A friend of mine told me I should check out the i5 on snare about 9 or 10 years ago, and I’ve been a user ever since!

What was the impetus for switching from the mics you were using previously?
Reliability was a big reason. Audix mics hold up to the rigors of the road really well and sound great while doing it.

Any noticeable results?
Definitely, especially with vocals and drums. I just love my Audix DP7 drum pack and the OM7 is now my go-to vocal mic.

What are your favorite features of the mics you’re using?
Sensible EQ curves and mics that work well on multiple sources.

Have the Audix mics helped solve any particular challenges for you?
Yes, the OM7 has been a lifesaver in smaller venues. The tight polar pattern helps in a huge way with feedback rejection in smaller rooms.

Any special tips to share on how to use the mics?
I mix loud punk rock, and I’ve become a big fan of underheads for cymbals instead of traditional overheads. While overheads give you a better stereo image of the kit, underheads are great for direct cymbal miking, when you just want to hear the source. The AX51s are great for this.