Independent monitor engineer Doug Deems is once again taking Sennheiser Evolution Wireless 500 Series microphone and in-ear monitor systems on the road with Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band, who are touring with Aerosmith. Deems has been mixing Kid Rock for the past three years.
According to Deems, the Evolution Wireless IEM System really helps to deliver the larger arena atmosphere to the band’s in-ear monitors. “I want to make it sound like a big rock show,” Deems said, “and to do that, I need to achieve that big stereo separation.” Deems also reported that Kid Rock and DJ Kracker are on Evolution 535 wireless mics: “It just sounds right for his voice. His mic technique varies, but the mic doesn’t change the sound, whether he’s singing six inches off it or he’s screaming into it with his hands cupping the mic.
“During one show,” Deems continued, “Kid Rock dropped it off the stage. The whole bottom part cracked wide open, but it was still running. He did the second-half of the show with the guts hanging out. Now that’s a bulletproof mic.
“I spend a fair amount of time trying to dirty up the mix. On either side of the stage, about 20 feet off-center, I’m using Sennheiser 416 microphones. They’re pointing into the audience and up a little. Then, there are two short condensers pointing down toward the middle. As you blend them together, you start to get that arena crowd sound. Plus, I have two more 416s pointing back toward the stage at the guitar rigs. Then I add on three or four reverbs to give a sense of space and mix that I want.”
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