Sennheiser, Neumann Used on Shania Twain TV Special

Dec 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Shania Twain's latest network television special, UP! Close and Personal, which featured the singer backed by multiple Grammy-winner Alison Krause and Union Station, was performed and filmed before a small audience in Nashville-based Citation Studios in early November.

"It was all acoustic instruments with no wireless, so it lent itself to quality microphones," reported Steve McCale, Shania's live sound designer and the monitor engineer on the TV special. McCale also works with Faith Hill, Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak. "It sounded really good and was very tastefully done.

The one-hour show, mixed for the broadcast by Shania's husband, producer Mutt Lange, featured two dozen Neumann and Sennheiser microphones in all. In addition to Twain's trademark Evolution Series 935, Krause and four of Union Station's five bandmembers also used the high-output cardioid vocal mic. Drummer Larry Atamanuik used the Evolution Series mics, with an E 602 on the kick drum, an E 903 on the snare, and E 604s on the rack and floor toms. A pair of Neumann TLM 193s were positioned overhead, with a Neumann KM 184 on hand to pick up the sound of his brushes on the snare, and a TLM 103 for percussion. Front-of-house mixing was handled by Nigel Green, Brad Maddox and Dave Skaff.

Krause and Union Station were miked with a variety of Neumann and Sennheiser gear. Neumann KM 184s were used on mandolin and one of the acoustic guitars, a KM 140 on the second acoustic guitar, TLM 170s on Krause's fiddle and the upright acoustic bass, and a TLM 103 on the dobro. Three Sennheiser MD 441 supercardioid dynamics were also used on fiddle and the two guitars. All of the performers wore Sennheiser Evolution 300 Series wireless monitors.

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