Faithless takes last dance with Sennheiser
3 June 2011
UK - Dance trio Faithless has called time after 15 years on the music scene, playing their final show at London's O2 Academy Brixton at the beginning of April. Their Front of House engineer Mark Kennedy had worked with the band since 1996 and throughout his tenure has relied on products and support from Sennheiser UK.
"It's been wonderful to work with Faithless," declares Kennedy. "The back -up I received from Mark Saunders at Sennheiser UK has been amazing and the mics have been fabulous - in all the years I've been using them, I've always set up the spare radio mic, but I've never had to use it. The original SKM 3072 we used were customized somewhat because Faithless stage shows are very loud. More recently, we moved to SKM 500-945, which have been wonderful and are a vast improvement."
Kennedy employed a combination of the aforementioned SKM 500-945 G3 hand-helds for lead and backing vocals, ew 300 IEMs for monitoring and ew 372 radio guitar systems.
"The mids and highs are super clear and the e 945 cardioid capsule has a very tight pattern," he says. "Faithless is savagely loud on stage and at one point we were using eight L'Acoustic Kudo and four SB28s per side as sidefills, which is an enormous rig and the e 945s are wonderful for the off axis rejection. In fact, I wouldn't have been able to do the show without them."
Kennedy also utilised e 914 condenser microphones, positioned overhead. "They sound so good," he continues. "So much so that we started off with one, but the percussion player, who uses loads of wind chimes, etc on her rig, loved them so much that we ended up with five of them in total, adding one on cymbals, one on wind chimes and a stereo pair on shakers, so she can go from left to right across the stereo image."
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