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The Prodigy Selects the Sennheiser Evolution SKM35G2Vocalist and live MC for the British electronica band (January 20, 2006)
Techno-terrorists The Prodigy have a take-no-prisoners attitude in their anarchic stage performances when it comes to microphones. The band, which straddles the electronica and rock genres, has finally met its match in Sennheiser's Evolution series, the first brand of microphones and personal monitor systems to stand up to The Prodigy's brutal assault.
"At the beginning of this tour I had approached Sennheiser about wireless systems," explained the band's front-of-house engineer, Jon Burton, as the tour wound down in mid-December 2005. "We had been very straight with them as we go through a lot of mics. It is a hot, sweaty, unpredictable show, and Mr. Flint isn't averse to toe-punting the odd mic into the crowd if it malfunctions." Although only one of several vocalists, Keith Flint became the public face of The Prodigy with the breakthrough single, "Firestarter," and frequently lives up to his reputation for onstage mayhem.
As one reviewer described The Prodigy's live show: "A bruising exercise in rock-laced hard dance and sneering cartoon anarchy. Sheer, eardrum-destroying blasts of raw noise that has such unbelievable force it's as if your internal organs are being shaken."
After adopting Sennheiser evolution series microphones, continued Burton, "In a world tour lasting a year we have never completely lost a mic. Also, the wireless side has always been spot on, all around the world, from South America to Russia."
Sennheiser's microphones were easily up to the challenge of The Prodigy's backline instruments, according to Burton. "We were using a rival popular kick drum mic, but as we had a kick drum with a solid front head, the mic needed to be permanently mounted to the inside of the drum - and this had proved difficult. However the shape of Sennheiser's Evolution e 901 helped as we could cable tie it into place with the help of a couple of holes and some Velcro! As it is so loud on stage, spill on to the drum mics had always been a problem. I have always been a fan of the e 604s as they tend not to break when drummers hit them. We also opted for e 901s inside the toms, which worked very well, too. We have just added an e 905 for the snare top, and the guitars, as always, use an e 606."
Vocals are through SKM935G2 and EM550G2 wireless systems, supported with Evolution 300G2 Series wireless monitors. Lead singer Maxim enthused, "Sennheiser mics are the best I have used. They have a dynamic clarity that I like in a mic. Plus the most important part, they can handle the depth of my voice and my extreme vocal delivery. Not many mics can do that."
The band completed a sell-out U.K. and European leg of a yearlong world tour at the end of 2005, which despite being billed as their 'Greatest Hits Tour,' was not a heavy nostalgia trip. The techno mayhem included a full spread of tracks from the classic "Jericho" to the new hit "Spitfire."
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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