Farnell trusts AKG wired and wireless microphones.


Farnell Newton

The allure of the rebellious trumpet.

Straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, latin, soul, hip hop, funk and more–trumpeter Farnell Newton can play it all, and do it so well that’s he’s the trumpeter of choice for a diverse range of renowned artists, not to mention a recording artist in his own right. And whether in the studio or on stage, Farnell trusts AKG microphones to capture his performance.

After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, Farnell moved to Portland, Oregon, a city with a lively music scene. His day job was running a computer lab at a local community center, while at night he gigged at local clubs. He caught a break when saxophonist Mike Phillips asked Farnell to perform with him on a jazz cruise. But his big breakthrough came a few years later when three-time GRAMMY® Award winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott called in search of a trumpet player for an upcoming tour. Four months later, funk legend Bootsy Collins called, also in need of a musician who knew his way around a trumpet.

For live performances, Farnell uses the AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system, whether performing solo or sharing the stage with Bootsy Collins or Jill Scott. The system includes an SR4500 true-diversity receiver and a D7 Vocal Set with a D7 reference dynamic microphone.

“I’ve never had any problems with the WMS4500, I just plug in and start playing,” said Farnell. “I’ve never had to worry about any RF-related issues and it sounds great. I’m always ready to go.”

When recording, he turns to the AKG C214. This large-diaphragm condenser microphone features a one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise, and a switchable 20dB attenuation pad that allows recording of loud sources of up to 156dB SPL.

“The C214 is terrific–it’s clear, not tinny-sounding, and it’s easy to use,” Farnell said. “When I’m recording my horn parts, I know how they should sound to the listener. The C214 gets me to that sound very quickly and easily. Even if I have to go back and tweak the EQs after the fact, I still know it was recorded correctly and has that flavor I’m looking for.”

And whatever flavor Farnell dishes out, it’s found an eager audience. He continues to inspire and entertain audiences from the stages of Europe to the jazz clubs of hometown Portland.

Farnell Newton

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jazz, smooth jazz, latin, soul, hip hop, funk and more

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Mike Phillips, Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins,

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