Old Lyme, CT - September 20, 2010 â€“ Since the 2008 release of One of the Boys, Katy has taken a jet-fueled rocket pack to the top, wowing fans with her often whimsical, irresistible pop songs. Katy topped charts in more than 25 countries with cultural phenomenon, â€œI Kissed A Girl,â€? â€œHot N Cold,â€? â€œThinking of Youâ€? and â€œWaking Up In Vegas.â€? The young artist has toured the world tirelessly in response to what would appear to be an insatiable demand for both her captivating persona and her effortlessly catchy tunes, a demand that has exploded with the recent release of her second studio album, Teenage Dream. FOH engineer Pete Keppler and monitor engineer (Super) Dave Rupsch rely on Sennheiser equipment â€“ from Perryâ€™s SKM 5200 wireless vocal microphone, to a full Sennheiser wireless personal monitor system for herself and the band,
to an assortment of wired instrument mics â€“ to deliver Perryâ€™s performance in all its sonic resplendence.
Perry and both of her backing singers use Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handheld transmitters with MD 5235 dynamic capsules, a capsule that is based on Sennheiserâ€™s legendary e 935 vocal mic. â€œIn anticipation of the new album we tried loads of different live vocal mics,â€? said Rupsch. â€œThe MD 5235 stood out. It has a flat, natural response with nice hint of coloration. With it, Katyâ€™s voice is clear and present with a balanced high end that never comes across as too sharp or crisp. Because the backing singers are using the same capsule, we get an excellent vocal blend in our personal monitors and in the house. And thatâ€™s exactly what Katy, Pete, and I need.â€?
Rupsch delivers those vocals, along with everything else in the mix, to all eight musicians on stage and two techs using Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 wireless personal monitors. â€œEveryone is in love with the sound of the new G3s,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™re clean, responsive and dynamic. There are no sonic improprieties to work around, and as a result, this is the most straightforward wireless personal monitor mixing Iâ€™ve ever done.â€?
Although he has worked FOH for bands like All American Rejects, My Chemical Romance, and 3OH!3, Rupsch is equally comfortable behind the monitor desk and appreciates the advances in wireless technology pioneered by Sennheiser. â€œWith the wireless vocal mics, a few Sennheiser ew 500 G3 wireless instrument packs, and all of our monitor channels, Iâ€™ve got close to twenty frequencies to manage,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m running the Sennheiser Wireless Frequency Manager software, which makes the setup reliable and easy. Dialing the whole system in is fast, and I have yet to experience any wireless glitches. And I donâ€™t anticipate it.â€?
In contrast to most American artists, Rupsch estimates that less than half of Katy Perryâ€™s shows are in the U.S., which means that he and the crew find themselves in exotic locations â€“ with equally exotic RF landscapes â€“ more often than not. â€œA huge part of our decision to go with Sennheiser is its robust RF performance and its network of global support,â€? said Rupsch. â€œThe Global Relations Team and support network at Sennheiser are always there with anything we need, from parts, to gear, to up-to-the-minute frequency ranges anywhere in the world. No matter where we are, be it the Teen Choice Awards or Kuala Lumpur, Sennheiser is there for us.â€?
In addition to their Sennheiser wireless complement, the tour also travels with a wired microphone collection thatâ€™s brimming with Sennheiserâ€™s celebrated evolution series. Sennheiser e 902 large-diaphragm dynamics give the kick drum and floor tom a fitting â€œWHUMP!â€? with e 604 clip-on mics delivering the same for the rack toms. Sennheiser e 614 and e 914 small-diaphragm condensers provide crystal clear capture of the hi-hat, ride and overheads. Classic Sennheiser e 906 square dynamics deliver guitars with all the right nuance and crunch. A second set of e 914s provides audience pickup so that Rupsch can goose the personal monitor mixes with the fansâ€™ excitement, which consistently snowballs an energetic performance into an explosive one night after night.