Senheiser Present at Ex- Policeman's Ball

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: "Our old 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 colorless. 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
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