Carlos Elizalde of Rúckatan Gears Up For Band’s 5-Year Anniversary With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

REDWOOD CITY, California – As a percussionist, singer and songwriter for Rúckatan, Carlos Elizalde combines Latin and Reggae dance-oriented music with highly energetic and crowd-electrifying moves. On Friday, March 27, the band will celebrate its 5-year anniversary with a show at Club Fox in Redwood City, California, where Elizalde will rely on HARMAN’s AKG microphones to support his mesmerizing vocals and percussions.

Elizalde’s AKG live setup includes an AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System with a D7 microphone and an IVM 4500 In-Ear Monitor Set, along with an AKG C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone.

“Since I incorporate a lot of dancing into my performances, I prefer microphone systems that allow me to move freely onstage,” said Elizalde. “I am always pumped with energy and enthusiasm, so I use the AKG wireless microphone sets to project that emotion to the audience. Even after putting the microphones through countless demanding performances, the WMS4500 and D7 microphones still put out top-quality sound. That’s why I continue to rely on them.”

Elizalde recently added the AKG C214 microphone to his inventory, and it serves as a budget-friendly option for live performances on the road. It borrows from the legendary C414 dual-capsule system and the patented AKG Back-Plate Technology, resulting in a reduction in mechanical noise and a rugged design.

“I am very excited to perform our anniversary show with the C214 microphone, since I know it will be able to keep up with my energy onstage,” said Elizalde. “AKG microphones have lasted a long time with us, and in that sense they belong with us onstage to celebrate how far we have come together.”

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