As a recording and touring percussionist, Taku Hirano has worked with some of the most successful artists in the world, performing live with legends such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, and Usher, and working in the studio with Fleetwood Mac, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Lionel Richie. Throughout these endeavours, Hirano has relied on only the highest quality microphones from Harman’s AKG.
“I have always been a fan of AKG microphones for both tour and studio applications,” said Hirano. “Working with AKG has afforded me superior microphones that meet my needs for both sonic precision in the studio and the rigours of the road.”
As a microphone for overheads in his percussion setup, Hirano uses the C414 XLS to capture the best patterns during every application. It can cover everything from handheld percussion instruments to cymbals and gongs. Most recently, Hirano also acquired a Groove Pack, which includes an AKG P2, two P17, and three P4 microphones for multi-purpose use on the road.
“This has been my go-to kit for everything while I am on tour,” according to Hirano. “Whether I am conducting sessions in my hotel room, or live performances on stage, these microphones and the accompanying lightweight protective aluminium case cover all my needs.”