On the Road

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 PM


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Martina McBride

John and Martina McBride started dating in April 1987, married a year later and landed in Nashville in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Martina began cranking out the hits and John struck gold in the sound reinforcement business. On tour and in the studio, Martina stands by her man when it comes to her sound.

Who is easier to get along with: John McBride husband or John McBride audio engineer?
Martina: He really is easy to get along with no matter what role he's filling. Knowing that he cares so much about me and that he is a perfectionist about audio really puts my mind at ease onstage. I always say he's my “secret weapon.”

Care to respond to that, John?
John: Regardless of whether we're on tour or in the studio, when I step behind the console and have to mix for her, she's fantastic because she sings right into the microphone. Around our house, you don't sing into the mic, that's grounds for divorce!

What mic do you have her singing into these days live?
John: I've tried six to eight different vocal mics on Martina, and every time, it all comes back around to a hardwired SM58. That's the best thing I've ever heard her on. That's not to say we don't use wireless, however. On tour, we go with Shure UHF as needed — using a transmitter with a 58 capsule — and we also latched onto the Beta 54 headset recently. It's the finest headset mic I have ever heard. Tonally, it is magnificent, it has great quality and I really like the hypercardioid pattern. I've never had to use external outboard EQ with it.

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