25.08.2009 - Wedemark, Germany
Sennheiser HSP 4 Headsets and 2000 Series Wireless Take the Jonas Brothers World Tour to New Heights
The Grammy nominated and platinum-selling artists, Jonas Brothers, continue to ascend to ever-greater heights of success, with over eight million albums sold, film and TV spots aplenty, and tour after triumphant tour throughout the world charming audiences with their charisma and musicianship. For those with ears tuned to pop music, they’ve been huge for years, and now fame has captured the attention of an even wider audience with the Billboard chart-topping release of their fourth studio album “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” (Hollywood Records). The Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 supports the album with shows across the Americas and Europe making use of Sennheiser’s new 2000 Series wireless equipment, which offers performance and reliability with an enhanced user interface and intuitive frequency coordination. Sennheiser’s Global Relations supports the tour throughout the world to ensure consistently flawless audio.
The Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 finds the chart-topping band using two new Sennheiser mics — the 2000 Series wireless and the HSP 4 headsets.
At any moment, there are literally millions of fans throughout the world whose greatest joy would be to see the Jonas Brothers in concert, and the boys do their level best not to disappoint them as they criss-cross the continents to perform for their fans. Show programmer and back line crew chief Chris Nauda (Wolfmother, Matchbook Romance) drew a stark picture of the grueling itinerary: “We just finished a promotional run from New York, to Madrid the next day, to Paris the day after that, and then to London before returning back to Dallas for rehearsals!”
“We wanted to use headsets on this tour for Nick and Kevin since they both sing and play multiple instruments. Kristy Jo Winkler, Sennheiser’s global relations manager for the Americas, suggested we try the HSP 4s,” recalled Nauda. “The headsets are perfect — great sounding, reliable and unobtrusive. They take an incredible amount of stage abuse and still come up sounding like they did the first day we got them. Best of all, the group can put on an even more engaging show without missing a beat to switch mics!” The HSP 4s are extremely high-quality, permanently polarized condenser headsets with cardioid pick-up pattern and an adjustable, rugged neckband.
But great sound would be nothing without a great performance, and a great performance hinges critically on superior monitors. The new rig features Sennheiser’s latest 2000 Series wireless personal monitors — SR 2050 IEM twin transmitters and EK 2000 IEM receivers. Built using adaptive diversity technology, the wireless monitoring systems reduce dropouts from rare to practically nonexistent by using the earphone cable as a second antenna.
The 2000 Series continues Sennheiser’s tradition of continually improving performance and reliability as research and technology advance. In addition, the 2000 Series adds grace and clarity to frequency coordination in what can oftentimes seem like RF soup. Users can easily select an open frequency with an intuitive scan feature and then “zap” the wireless device with that frequency using infrared (IR) technology. “The IR sync feature is wonderful,” said Nauda. “It saves a ton of programming time and is a real lifesaver when we have to change frequencies on the fly. We just hit a button, and that’s it!” Nauda is also fond of the 2000 Series’ new interface. “It’s really smooth and easy to get around on. The backlight display is the best I’ve seen — especially in direct sunlight!”
The intensity of the Jonas Brothers’ schedule has placed unique demands on Sennheiser’s support services, which, appropriate to the act’s international reach, are globally distributed. “If there’s anybody out there who’s pushing the boundaries, it’s this act,” said Nauda. “Sennheiser, and especially Kristy Jo Winkler, have been very accommodating, both in terms of getting us the gear we need when we need it and supporting us around the world. It’s challenging enough for the actual technicians and engineers on the tour to keep everything straight, yet Sennheiser rolls right along with us, adapting to last-minute schedule changes without hesitation.”
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 over €385 million in 2008. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, around 55% of whom are in Germany. Sennheiser has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA, and 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), K + H Vertriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (Klein + Hummel studio monitors, installed sound) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centers).
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