London, UK (April 11, 2012)—UK boy band The Wanted wrapped up its latest arena tour last month, having used Sennheiser microphones and personal monitors at each stop.
Audio requirements for the tour were supplied by Canegreen and SSE Audio, with Ryan McLean manning monitors and Andrew Thornton taking on both Front of House and production manager duties.
“The main reason I use Sennheiser equipment is for its sound,” said Thornton, who specified SKM 500-935 G3 for vocals, with a combination of e 904, e 901, e 906 and MKH 40 for backline. “We’ve tried these guys with all sorts of different microphones and the 935 sounds particularly good with their voices and gives me loads of volume before we have any feedback issues. Plus the boys like the feel, the way the microphone handles and the way it looks.”
Over at monitors, McLean had the act on ew 300 IEM G3 ear systems: “From the moment we started the schools tour and playing nightclubs, we’ve had in-ears, just to get the guys used to them and to using them in different environments. People think when they go onto in-ears, it’s going to be exactly the same every night, but there are differences in the rooms and the acoustic environment. We’ve upgraded from the G2 to the G3 and they have noticed the change. They don’t necessarily know the specifics of why it is different, but everyone has commented on an increase in quality.”
In the venues where space allowed, a thrust stage was included, so distance was an important consideration. “One of the main issues when it comes to RF is the guys walking out of my site line. When that happens, I need to know that everything is still going to be OK. We didn’t have any RF problems throughout the tour,” said McLean. “It was rock solid all the way through. There were a few anomalies in certain venues, but that happens and being able to rescan and select a different frequency that worked is very simple on the G3 system.