10.01.2011 - Wedemark
Bullet For My Valentine Targets Sennheiser
A modern homage to the heavy metal style pioneered by Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV) advances the genre with new vocal hooks swirling in an aggressive undercurrent of guitars, bass and drums. Of the band’s three albums, the most recent two, Scream Aim Fire and Fever, have debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200, and BFMV has sold over two million albums worldwide. FOH engineer Dave Nutbrown and monitor engineer Mark “Yogi” Novissimo have been tirelessly touring with the band for the past year, traveling across Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Night after night, they rely on Sennheiser microphones for vocals, guitars and drums and Sennheiser wireless personal monitors for reliable performances.
|Matt Tuck, Bullet For My Valentine rhythm guitar and lead vocals. (Photo credit: George Davison)||”Despite the fact that there are no wedges, the stage at a Bullet For My Valentine show is exceptionally loud,” said Nutbrown. “Fortunately, we are able to use a collection of Sennheiser mics that have excellent on-axis fidelity and unparalleled off-axis rejection. So we have no problems, whatsoever. Overall, the band’s crunchy, guitar-driven sound is a combination of classic metal with some modern variants, like exaggerated front-head click on the bass drums.” |
To get that crunchy guitar sound, with just the right amount of bite and tone, Nutbrown relies on paired Sennheiser MD 421 II dynamics with
Tuck, who is also responsible for lead vocals, prefers Sennheiser’s classic 945 capsule on a Sennheiser ew 500 G3 handheld transmitter to everything else that he has tried. “It has just the right blend of clarity and brightness in his ears,” explained Nutbrown. “It’s the kind of thing where the technology kind of falls away and he’s just singing – or growling.” The 945 capsule features a super-cardioid pickup pattern. For backing vocals, and to reject the wall of crunch coming off the back-line, Nutbrown peppers the stage with four Sennheiser e 945 wired vocal mics, featuring the same super-cardioid pick-up pattern.
|A stage full of Sennheiser gear gives Bullet For My Valentine reliable performances night after night during their world tour.
(Photo credit: George Davison)
|Michael Thomas’ drum kit bulges with double bass drums and a full rack of toms. Because the bass drums play such a prominent role in BFMV’s music, Nutbrown pays special attention to achieve just the right blend of bottom-end thump and top-end clack. He uses the combination of a Sennheiser e 901 on the inside and an e 902 on the outside (a combination that is fast becoming a modern classic among live engineers) to strike that balance. For snare, a Sennheiser e 905 conveys the crack of stick on top, while a Sennheiser e 614 condenser mic handles the sizzle of the actual snares below. Rim-mounted Sennheiser e 908 Ds cover the toms, delivering a nice, tight sound with excellent off-axis rejection. Finally, Sennheiser e 914|
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €390 million in 2009. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centers).
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