Sennheiser Mics a Regular on "Rockline" Radio Show

Apr 12, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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The nationally syndicated "Rockline" radio show is bringing interviews and in-studio performances by rock artists to music lovers across the country with the help of Sennheiser. Broadcasting from the Premiere Radio Networks studios in Los Angeles, "Rockline" airs live twice weekly, with presenter Bob Coburn showcasing new music on Mondays and classic rock on Wednesdays.

"Rockline" has been broadcasting on national radio with longtime L.A. DJ and host Coburn since 1981 and regularly features in-studio guests performing and talking to listeners. The show airs on KLOS 95.5 FM in the L.A. area, WAXQ 104.3 FM in New York and on dozens of rock stations across the nation.

"I've been working with Sennheiser since 1997," reports chief engineer Jimmy Rash. "For the most part we use the MD 421. I'm a huge fan. It's a great all-round microphone. You can use it on almost anything, from a kick drum to a guitar amp to a vocal."

Rash explains that, although a radio show, the challenges of broadcasting live rock performances on-air require what is essentially a recording setup in the studio. "It's kind of a hybrid show. We do it from a recording studio and use a recording console, the Euphonix CS2000," he elaborates. "Yet, since it broadcasts on radio there are some applications we have to do to get it on the air."

Sennheiser Evolution Series microphones are also in abundance in the show's performance space. "I use the Evolution 602 and 604," reveals Rash. "The 602 is a great kick drum mic - the best ever, I think. The dynamic range is so great. I like the 604s because they clip onto the drums. And I use the Evolution 609 Silver on guitar amps." He continues, "For my drum overheads and acoustic guitars I use Neumann KM 184s."

Sennheiser headphones are provided throughout for visiting bands, says Rash. "Something else that Bob uses is the Sennheiser HMEC25 headset, with the electret condenser capsule, which is fantastic. It's an amazing microphone." Rash has compared the performance of the electret capsule to studio microphones costing several times more, he says. "If you EQ the HME correctly and add a little bottom you can't tell the difference."

Rash, who has a long relationship with Sennheiser comments that, "We experimented with the HMEC25 in the early days when it was first coming out. We were sort of the beta tester. Now, you turn on the television and you see Al Michaels and Pat Summerall wearing them on Monday Night Football!"

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