‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'
We call this mic Ringo because it lived suspended over his drum kit for the majority of The Beatles’ career.
When recordings began for ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, engineer Geoff Emerick even began using the D19C across his hi-hat and toms. The mic played a large part in the sound of Ringo’s drums from ‘Beatles for Sale’ through to ‘Abbey Road’.
The AKG D19C has at various times been the preferred microphone for drum overhead, snare, toms and even bass drum. A testament to its versatility, it has also been used on piano and acoustic guitar. Even serving as the engineer’s talkback mic on the REDD.51 mixing desk.
Although considered a disposable ‘work horse’ microphone in the ‘60s, the AKG D19C has since become a very rare collector’s item due to the fact the capsules are very delicate and virtually impossible to repair.