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Mya Defies "Fear of Flying" with Sennheiser Evolution Systems!

(August 22, 2001)
Hip-hop and R&B starlet Mya is building an allegiance of fans with an unforgettable stage show heavy on Sennheiser evolution wireless and wired mics. Currently touring in support of her second album, the double-platinum "Fear of Flying", while working on her third, Mya has captivated the hip-hop and R&B scene with her sassy, sexy, and deeply soulful voice and performance. Neil Harp, her FOH engineer and general audio renaissance man (he co-owns Digital Domain Studios in Charlottesville, NC with Gerald (Oye') Woodson, plays bass, coaches vocalists, and produces) turned her onto the Sennheiser EW 500 wireless microphone and EW 300 in-ear monitoring system. In his capacity as FOH engineer, he insisted the drummer use a Sennheiser e604 on the kick drum and e602s on his toms.

Harp chose the Sennheiser EW 500 wireless microphone to complement Mya's sweet, soft voice. With clean, open high end and flawless RF performance (on 1280 available frequencies), the EW 500 conveys every nuance of Mya's thoughtful, soulful delivery and envelops the crowd in a blissful haze. Harp switches out the microphone's expressive dynamic capsule when Mya performs in open-air, giving him the greater gain he needs. "The EW 500 is simply the truth," Harp flatly stated. "It has a great feel and an awesome sound, and both capsules draw out inspired performances from Mya."


That performance also owes its greatness to Mya's EW 300 in-ear monitoring system, which renders a crystal-clear image of the band with which she can meld. Stated Harp, "We're absolutely in love the EW 300! We've been on tour with it for over a year all over the world, and it has never once failed us. Its frequency agility is terrific, and nothing matches its fidelity. My job's easier because I never have to worry about the in-ear system. It even has a built-in limiter to insure against excessive levels."

Harp relies on Sennheiser's "truth" in the drum department as well. He swears by the e602 for the kick drum and the e604 on toms: "you simply can't beat the e602! I seldom, if ever, have to EQ anything into or out of the signal, and its low end is the very definition of 'punchy'. After messing around with other kick drum mics for years, I'll never go back! People always ask me how I get such an awesome kick drum, and I really have to give the credit to Sennheiser. I place it one-quarter the way in, compress a little, gate a little, and bam! The e604 is the same way. I clip them onto the tom rims, turn up the gain, and Sennheiser does the rest." Both microphones deliver unparalleled drum sounds by combining smooth low-end response with a very fast transient response. The results are aesthetically appealing in both the frequency and time domains.

After a very successful tap performance at the Ford Theater using Sennheiser MKE2s lavalier microphones tied to Mya's shoelaces, Harp plans to incorporate the lavaliers into her performance permanently. "Sennheiser makes awesome microphones," stated Harp. "Half your job as an engineer is selecting the right equipment. The other half is making it work. You know you're doing a good job when you see other engineers smiling, and I've seen plenty of that out with Mya." Internet: www.sennheiserusa.com.



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