03.12.2009 - Wedemark
Rob Thomas Solos with Sennheiser
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Rob Thomas, lead singer with Matchbox Twenty, has embarked on a solo tour of North America. With him on tour is a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann wireless and wired microphones as well as wireless guitar systems. The set-up also includes the company’s new 2000 Series IEM transmitters and receivers for Thomas, his band, background singers and backline techs.
Rob Thomas performs during his current “Cradlesong Tour” with the Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with a Neumann KK 104 capsule. (Photo Credit: © 2009 WireImage)
|Jim Yakabuski, who regularly mixes front-of-house for Thomas and Matchbox Twenty as well as Avril Lavigne, and is well known for his seven-year stint with Van Halen, says of the wireless equipment on the current Cradlesong Tour, “The big-ticket item is the new EM 3732 receiver. We’ve got four channels. It looks great, has a nice wide range, and so far has been great. We’ve had absolutely no troubles with RF.”|
“Thomas is using a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter,” he continues. “We’re using four of those, all with Neumann KK 104 capsules. One is the main, number two is used as the piano vocal mic and is also the backup, and the other two are spares for guest vocalists.” The four background singers, two of whom are also musicians in Thomas’ band, are using Sennheiser e 935 vocal microphones. “I still think that’s the standard dynamic wired microphone,” comments Yakabuski. “It’s so easy to work with. The way P.A. systems are tuned these days they’re so hi-fi sounding, and this mic sounds great through them.”
In addition to the microphones and IEM rigs, the tour is also using wireless instrument systems. “We’re using a bunch of G2 stuff – five EM 550 receivers and ten of the SK 500 belt packs for wireless guitars,” he says.
Yakabuski, a longtime fan of Sennheiser wireless equipment, is particularly impressed with the newer products. “Both the 2000 Series personal monitors and the 3732 vocal mic receivers are beautiful products. They’re just engineered so nicely,” he adds.
The Cradlesong Tour of North America, which includes a trip into Canada and concludes with a three-night stand at New York’s Beacon Theatre, extends through mid-November. Following a handful of casino theater dates in December, the tour picks up again at the beginning of February 2010 in Australia.
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