Philadelphia-based The Roots recently employed Electro-Voice mics for a recently released (and broadcast on MTV2) live DVD, The Roots Presents, which was recorded at New York City’s Webster Hall. The event also featured guest artists Jean Grae and Mobb Deep, among others.
The performances featured a surround sound system comprising E-‘s XLC and X-Line line array loudspeakers and subs, two Midas Heritage 3000 mixing consoles, and Klark Teknik EQs and processing. The main vocal mics were a pair of RE 510 condensers, while ND 868 kick drum mics added low end. Sound reinforcement equipment was provided by Sound Associates Inc., with support from Logic Systems.
The Roots’ manager, Rich Nichols, commented, “We wanted to work with a company that can offer us a wide range of sound solutions, from stage mics to mixing consoles to loudspeakers. We’re interested in putting together a system design that can translate the musical ideas on a Roots recording into a live performance comprised of equipment that will be available in any location around the world. Working with Telex Communications brands will allow that level of global availability, adding consistency to our concept of a ‘Roots sound system.’ We’ve had live sound issues in the past as we use ‘rock’ instruments, but don’t necessarily want a regular rock mix. This is a band, but this is also rap, it’s hip hop. At Webster Hall, we wanted to approximate the feeling and atmosphere of someone listening to a Roots CD at home on a surround system in a loud, live situation. Since we’ll be touring in support of the new album [The Tipping Point] for pretty much the rest of the year, these mics will be seriously put to work.”
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