Lovato made use of a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld vocal mic outfitted with an MD 5235 capsule
September 03, 2009, by PSW Staff
Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato visited nearly 50 cities across the U.S. this summer, performing live in support of her second Hollywood Records album release, “Here We Go Again,” utilizing multiple channels of vocal microphone, instrument and personal monitor systems from Sennheiser.
The album went straight to number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released in July 2009.
Lovato made use of a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld vocal mic outfitted with an MD 5235 capsule. “Demi’s mic is very well-suited to her voice,” according to Monitor Engineer Cam Beachley.
There were 16 channels of Sennheiser G2 instrument wireless deployed, as well as a couple of SKM 935 G2 handheld microphones for background vocals and a new Sennheiser EM 3732 receiver for the SKM 5200.
In addition to Lovato and the two female background vocalists, three of the five band members also contributed vocals, reported Rob Rankin, FOH/System engineer. “The stage right guitarist and bass player also sang, and there was a vocalist on keyboards. They all used wired e 935 mics,” said Rankin, a veteran of tours with Carrie Underwood, Jars of Clay, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, and Hilary Duff.
With Lovato also performing on acoustic and electric guitar, in addition to piano, the tour required more than a dozen channels of wireless instrument systems. Beachley, who recommended the evolution wireless systems.
“I’ve always said that the evolution wireless stuff sounds as close to a wire as you can get,” Beachley said. “I did an experiment last year with (Rational Acoustics) Smaart, a cable and a G2 pack. I scoped it and found that it is indeed as close to a cable as you can get.
“That being said, the frequency agility that comes with the G2 is spectacular. The fact that the Sennheiser engineers had some forethought in grouping the groups and channels into masses that would not intermodulate between one another was brilliant.”
Beachley, who also works with Carrie Underwood, and has toured with Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Smash Mouth, Collective Soul and the Indigo Girls over the past decade, generated a dozen separate stereo monitor mixes for Lovato and her band.
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