Rascall Flatts Tours With Sennheiser Mics

Jun 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

Country music vocal group Rascal Flatts are currently out with Brooks & Dunn and heading off on their own tour in August, using Sennheiser Evolution Series microphones and in-ear systems.

Ed Nash, production manager and FOH engineer for Rascal Flatts, said that singer Gary LeVox is using an Evolution Series wireless handheld mic. "Gary is using the 865 capsule on the Evolution wireless SKM 500 wireless transmitter. It's working great." Nash, who joined the Rascal Flatts organization over a year ago after previously working as production manager/FOH engineer with country artist Brian White, said that he made the change to the Evolution Series mic in response to the high-energy shows and the gain that was required from the lead vocal mic. The previous mic was simply too omni-directional for the application, he said. "I could get more gain out of the 865 and it just sounded better, especially as we were using the [JBL] VerTec line array system at the time."

Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are both using Sennheiser Evolution EK 500 bodypack transmitters, allowing all three singers to run around onstage. "The show is really energetic," said Nash. "Gary, Joe Don and Jay move around a lot, and the transmitters give them the flexibility to go where they want to go and sing from anywhere onstage. On the kick, I'm using the Evolution 602, with three Neumann 184s: one on the hat and one each on the overheads. We've got four toms, each with e 604s. The 604s are sounding great. There's something simple about them, and they always deliver. I get a lot of good comments about the drum sounds. I'm using an e 609 on a Motion Sound Leslie simulator, and 845S on the drum and keyboard backing vocals."

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