Nashville, TN (March 1, 2006)–Country crooner Julie Roberts has adopted Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless ew 345 G2 handheld microphone with the MD 845 dynamic super-cardioid capsule as she starts picking up more shows in support of her forthcoming sophomore album.
Roberts, whose Cinderella story–from assistant to a record label executive to a signed country artist–has been featured widely, hopes to capitalize on the gold record status of her eponymous debut, which ended 2004 in critics’ lists of the year’s top ten country albums.
“It’s a real smooth mic; it’s not brittle,” commented Roberts’ front-of-house engineer and production manager, Jeff Hawkins. “It seems to capture the lows. Some mics have almost an artificial low, and I’m not getting that with this mic. I like the low-end response. A lot of that doubles over in octaves and ends up right where the vocal sits in the mid-range.”
He also admires the ew 345’s handling of the proximity effect. “With some mics, that becomes a real touchy area. With some mics, that low frequency is smeared, so you end up cutting a lot of it out. What you get is not real present vocals. With this Sennheiser mic, there’s smoothness between the low- and high-frequency response.”
Other things he liked about the mic included its pattern: “For one, it’s a tighter capsule, so I’m not picking up as much stage as before. We usually open up at a lot of shows, and play in some places where a tighter setup is required, so a mic like that is great. We’re all on personal monitors, so the loudest thing on stage is the drums and guitar amp. So I isolate the guitar amp and put it off stage somewhere. I don’t have Plexiglas in front of the drums, so that cymbal leakage is a big thing with me. I still get leakage in a real tight setup, but not like I had with some other mics.”
Hawkins, who was previously tour manager, production manager, FOH and studio engineer with Leon Russell for five years, predicts that Roberts will probably play between 100 and 150 shows this year. The South Carolina native’s new album has already been delivered to the record label, he said, “And they’ve picked a single, ‘Men and Mascara,’ that was released at the Country Radio Seminar, which is a big event in Nashville. The single will come out in March, so they’re giving the radio people a preview at CRS. The album will be released in June.”