Hard rock legends Deep Purple have rounded up a mammoth 2015 fall/winter tour in which co-founder and drummer Ian Paice used HK Audio’s Contour series loudspeakers as his monitoring solution. A pair of CT 112 speakers and CT 118 subs sit directly behind the drum kit for live shows — a setup Paice says he prefers to in-ear monitors.
Paice said: “I’ve been using HK Audio for 20 years, and there’s something in the way the systems are put together which for drums just seems to work. They pick out the depth and the sweetness and the clarity at the top end that you need. The drums just seem to stay in balance and the frequency response seems to be working perfectly for everything I need.”
During an exclusive interview with HK Audio before the band’s show at Trier Arena in Germany, Paice explained just why he and the other members of Deep Purple continue with traditional monitors in the face of more modern options like in-ear systems.
Deep Purple’s longtime monitor engineer Rob Hodgkinson is also a big fan of the Contour setup. He spoke at length to HK Audio about his history in the industry and his continued satisfaction with the HK Audio monitor systems he controls for Paice, and also for Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey, who uses a Contour CT 115 monitor setup for live shows.
Hodgkinson said: “It’s a good, reliable system — it works well, travels well, and is well-built… you just plug them in and turn them up. I’ve not had to use any EQ on the drum fill at all, and it just sounds great! Which is exactly what you want.”