Monitor engineer Ramon Morales is currently out with hip hop artist Mary J. Blige and a five-piece band. Blige sings through the Neumann capsule paired with the new nickel-finish Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld.
The supercardioid 105 capsule is not for everyone. It depends on the artist and the situation. What helps with Mary is that the drummer is on a second level above her and everybody is on ears, so there are no amps onstage. I have two wedges, and that’s it. It’s a quiet stage, and she’s got so much energy we don’t worry about her not giving us enough level. I’m actually turning her down! I have three combiners, as I’m using a total of nine units. It’s a beautiful thing that they have power, as well. There’s one AC cord and it powers four units. I do my [frequency] research by going to the Sennheiser Website [to] see what’s going on in the area we’re visiting. It’s becoming harder and harder to find usable frequencies. But recently, I’ve been using what was pre-selected on all the units, and it’s working out pretty good.