Much like many sound engineers working today, Paul D Rogers ended up behind a console when his dreams of rock and roll stardom came crashing down in the wake of the Beatles invasion. But Paul’s certainly parlayed that ‘disadvantage’ into a lengthy career working with legendary country crooner George Strait for a quarter of a century, a well as CMA award-winning singer Lee Ann Womack.
“My background comes from the school of hard knocks. I got into sound when it was invented,” he muses. “Just kidding. I was into sound before that! I heard the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in the ’60s and that inspired me to start my own small sound company after I realized that I was a terrible guitar player and singer. Soon after that, my company was absorbed by Dallas Backup, now Onstage Systems.”
Rogers got hooked on Audix mics in the late ’90s when he was introduced to the OM series. Paul is an audio purist and doesn’t use gates or compressors when mixing sound live. He considers Audix mics his “secret weapon” for getting exceptional results in his live mix.
“I started using a lot of Audix mics,” he explains, “and, when the D6 came out, my stage became all Audix. The D6 is the best single kick drum mic ever made. It’s punchy with attack! Audix’s VX10 is warm and crisp for vocals and the I-5 is an all-round great instrument mic. You can use it on anything.”
That all. The Audix stage he refers to includes mics for drums a D6 on the kick, I-5 on snare top/bottom, and SCX1 on high-hat and overheads. He uses D3s on all the racks, I-5’s on guitar, pedal steel, and Leslie top/bottom. George Strait sings through a VX10 with background vocals on Audix’s new VX5.
Strait often performs in the round and Rogers says he’s pleased with the Audix mics as they don’t bleed or pick up other sounds on the stage.
Does the audio veteran have any miking tips to impart?
“The only tip I would give is to make sure your D6 is close to the beater head of the kick drum for best results. Otherwise, I use very conventional mic placements.”
When he’s not on tour with Strait or Womack which is undoubtedly not much considering Strait, in particular, is a touring machine. Rogers knocks around in a home studio.