|Magne Furuholmen, one of Scandinavia's most popular and successful musicians, has invested in a third NTP DAD AX24. Guitarist, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, he was a founder member of the A-ha group in 1982 and later of Timbersound. Magne Furuholmen has co-written many of A-ha's hits, including Stay On These Roads, Manhattan Skyline, and of course the band's biggest hit Take on Me. When A-ha went into hiatus in 1994, he worked on many other music projects in film and theatre. The band reconvened in 2000 and remained active until 2010. Furuholmen is also a visual artist, working in a variety of mediums including painting, graphics and sculpture. He was commissioned in 2001 to design an official Norwegian postage stamp, and in 2007 he created a monumental sculpture in recycled materials for the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, which was inaugerated by mr. Al Gore. Furuholmen has permanent works on display in institutions and in public spaces, like a gigantic 5 meter glazed ceramic jar sculpture and fountain in the city-centre of Bergen. Furuholmen is founder and performer in the working artist- collective Apparatjik, together with fellow music collagues Guy Berryman of Coldplay and Jonas Bjerre of the Danish band Mew. Apparatjik is a platform for projects somewhere in the gap between music-world and art-world activities..|
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"We bought our first DAD AX24 systems in summer 2011 for recording and post-production in our Oslo studio," Furuholmen comments.
"They feed into an Apple Mac workstation running Avid Pro Tools. We were absolutely thrilled by the transparent and natural sound quality of the AX24. My engineer found it hard to believe the recording could so closely match the experience of hearing the live performance".
The third AX24 is being used for recording live stage performances on location. It is configured with eight high-specification mike preamps which make the system ideal for capturing a wide dynamic range. In my book, it is the best solution around today.
Magne Furuholmen, founder member of the A-ha group in 1982.
"Electrically-amplified instruments sound better when recorded acoustically rather than by direct injection as the mikes pick up a lot of ambient reverberation which create richer harmonics," adds Furuholmen's engineering colleague Tor Einar Krogtoft-Jensen. "The AX24 conveys bass, mid-range and high-frequency detail in vocals and acoustic instruments with great realism. We have played the results to engineers and fellow musicians, and all have been greatly impressed by the AX24's audio clarity."
A shot of the mastering rig, with 2 AX24.