Joan Baez and Band Miked Via Sennheiser, Neumann

Apr 19, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Joan Baez is currently playing to packed houses across the country. At front-of-house is Woodstock, N.Y.-based engineer George Cowan, who reveals that he's packing an all-Sennheiser/Neumann lineup of microphones to capture Baez and her four-piece band for the audience and nightly archival recordings.

"I got [the Neumann KMS 105 wired vocal mic] because Joan has a beautiful voice," Cowan said. "I'm a great fan of hi-fi, especially on the vocals, and it really works well on her voice."

Each show is being recorded for the archive using a 17-inch Apple G4 PowerBook running Digital Performer, a pair of MOTU 828 digital interfaces and a Yamaha console. "I put Joan through a Focusrite mic pre," Cowan explained, "and coupled with the KMS 105, it sounds really great."

Comprising Baez’s band are Erik Della Penna (guitar and lap steel), Duke McVinnie (guitars and vocals), Graham Maby (bass) and George Javori (drums and percussion), who are all miked with Sennheiser Evolution Series wired microphones.

"We're using all the Evolution Series stuff on the drums," he reported, "like the e602 on the kick, e604s on the toms and e903s on the snare top and bottom.” Cowan is using e609 Silvers on the guitars and an e935 on the backing vocals with the Evolution 300 wireless monitoring system for Joan and Graham Maby.

This is not Cowan's first time on the road with Sennheiser and Neumann microphones. "I was front-of-house engineer for the Joe Jackson world tour all last year, and we used pretty much the same mics on that tour." Cowan mixed 100 shows on the Joe Jackson Band's world tour before signing up for the Baez tour in October of last year. Monitors are being mixed by Jason Raboin.

For more information on the microphones, visit Sennheiser and Neumann at www.sennheiserusa.com and www.neumannusa.com, respectively. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.






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