Sting has a loud voice and needs a certain kind of mic.. 06/07/01
Falsetto voiced ex policeman Sting has been having trouble with mics on his recent "Brand New Day" world tour.
Stings Monitor engineer Vish Wadi comments:
microphone didn't sound great, but it was acceptable. The real problem was
distortion. Sting is a loud singer and was forever exceeding the maximum SPL
of our so-called 'live' microphone. At that time however, all the
microphones that could handle high sound pressure levels sounded bad, and
all the microphones that sounded good couldn't handle them!"
"I contacted Sennheiser and they sent out a prototype of the e 865," Wadi
continued. "After a few rounds of 'back-and-forth', we hit upon the perfect
combination of sonics and specifications. The e 865 sounds like a studio
condenser - warm, breathy, and pleasing, and yet it handles anything Sting
can throw at it without even so much as a hint of distortion. It's a live
engineer's dream come true."
Wadi reports that the e 865 sounds just as good on other artists as it does
on Sting and that it cuts through any mix as a result. Since its
introduction on the "Brand New Day" Tour, Wadi has been able to scale back
on equalization and dynamics processing while simultaneously enjoying superb
feedback rejection. Even the microphone's off-axis response is smooth and
The Sennheiser e 865 has been performing flawlessly night after night since
August of 2000 and is slated for continued use until the tour ends in August
of 2001. Only the grill has required cleaning. "The e 865 is the best live
vocal microphone that I've ever worked with," commented Wadi. "I'm very
proud to have been involved in its design."
Glowing praise indeed