New York, NY (March 5, 2004)–Harry Connick Jr. and his band recently changed to Neumann and Sennheiser mics during December’s “Harry for the Holidays” tour, according to audio crew chief and tour stage manager Alan Alford of Indianapolis-based Jonas Productions. While that tour saw only Connick’s vocal mic change, the singer/pianist’s upcoming tour supporting his new Only You album will find the microphones used across the stage.
For Connick’s vocals, “We started using Neumann KK 105 capsules on Sennheiser SKM 5000 wireless transmitters,” Alford reported. “We also added two of the Neumann KMS 105s, the hard-wired microphone. Harry ping-pongs between singing at the piano, where we have the microphone attached to a gooseneck, then, at any time, he can pick up the wireless that’s lying beside him at the piano when he’s roaming.”
Now, for the upcomming tour, Alford said that five TLM 193s will capture the five saxophone players, while four TLM 127s will be used on trombones. Additionally, the tour will carry KM 185s for the trumpets and KM 184s on drums and the upright bass. Additionally, a pair of Sennheiser SK 5012 miniature wireless body packs have been added to the tour inventory.
“There are twelve channels of wireless, and at any given time, there are ten featured guys who will come downstage, do solos and then go back onto the bandstand, “Alford explained. “We wanted a bodypack that we could attach with Velcro to the trumpet that would be small and lightweight. The other SK 5012 will eventually also go on a trumpet.”
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