Bare, Annie Lennox’s first self-penned release in a decade, prompted the vocalist to take the stage for her first solo tour. English monitor engineer Tim Paterson, onboard since the start of her solo tour last year, reveals that he introduced the singer to the Neumann KMS105 microphone and Sennheiser personal monitor system.
"I'm a complete fan," he says, "and not just because the product is very good. The service that comes with it is second to none."
Paterson notes that the use of Neumann mics is not limited to Lennox. "The two backing vocalists are also on KMS105s," he reports. “The hi-hat and ride microphones are both 180 Series. The keyboard player, who's the other backing vocalist, is on a Sennheiser e935."
"She's interesting," he explains, "she uses one ear monitor. She has this ability to listen to herself in one ear and everything else in the other. It's amazing the way she works." As for the onstage band—two keyboard players, a guitarist, bassist and drummer, in addition to the backing vocalists—"I end up popping them in and out," Paterson elaborates, "because the bass player uses one ear [the Sennheiser EW300IEM-G2] and a wedge, the drummer's on ears, the two keyboard players are on ears, the background singers are on ears and the guitar player is just on wedges."