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Neumann Debuts New Capsules On Tour With Natalie ImbrugliaCombination of new capsule with Sennheiser Wireless System thrusts Neumann sound to the top of the wireless domain (February 02, 2006)
Natalie Imbruglia performing with the Sennheiser SKM 5000-N/Neumann KK 104 combination during her "Counting Down the Days" tour.
For mid-October rehearsals, the SKM 5000-N and KK 104 combination was made available to Mark Ballard, Natalie's FOH engineer, and a long term Sennheiser UK associate.
After being assessed by Ballard the decision was made to go with the Neumann/Sennheiser pairing. He said, "For me it's really important that the artist is comfortable with any new equipment. Natalie immediately preferred the incredibly lightweight of the Sennheiser handheld, and was comforted by the Neumann name on the capsule, as she uses a U87 in the studio. Within seconds of putting on her personal monitors she commented on how amazing the mic sounded and I knew we were onto a winner."
The tour, which has taken in Europe, Russia and the UK over the last few weeks, including two sold out dates at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, has provided a valuable appraisal for the KK 104 condenser cardioid capsule.
Combining the new Neumann capsule with the Sennheiser Wireless System has thrust the legendary Neumann sound to the top of the wireless domain, and opened up new dimensions in sound for sophisticated live-performance engineering.
Mark Ballard also added, "On the whole tour I haven't heard a single glitch thanks to the superior Sennheiser RF. For me the Neumann KK 104 head was warm, smooth and clean. I used a fairly high High Pass Filter but virtually no other EQ. Despite a loud backline it was always possible to put Natalie's voice exactly where I wanted to in the mix."
Sennheiser also provided a rack of their evolution ew 300 G2 in ear monitoring for Natalie to use alongside the wireless handheld system.
Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is the acknowledged world leader in microphone technology, RF-wireless and infrared sound transmission, headphone transducer technology, and most recently, in the development of active noise-cancellation. Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary, with headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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