On Tina Turner’s current world tour, sound engineer Dave Natale is deploying AKG C214 microphones as well as an AKG WMS4500 wireless system.
“While touring Austria on the Tina Turner tour, I had the ability to experiment with the C214 as well as other AKG products and I immediately fell in love with the C214’s features and capabilities,” commented Natale, who has worked with a wide range of large-scale tours over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Liza Minelli, Joe Cocker, and Van Halen. “I am very impressed with the C214 and it is now my new standard. The older mics that I use become harder and harder to find, and it is great to find alternatives. This is truly the first microphone, ever, that I have used flat.”
In addition to the C214, bassist Warren McCrae is very pleased with the wireless capabilities of the WMS4500 wireless system. “The exceptional quality of the wireless system delivers a clear and accurate sound without any distortion, interference or latency,” McCrae states. “I have also taken full advantage of the system’s capabilities to save and recall the previous shows on the tour, which has increased production and efficiency and has saved valuable time on the road.”
The WMS4500 is available in two new frequency bands: Band 7 (500-530 MHz) and Band 8 (570-600 MHz) that offer more options for multi-channel systems in the current crowded RF environment. The system’s components, the SR4500 receiver unit, the PT 4500 emitter, and the HT 4500 handheld microphone unit all offer new features and construction.