Seattle, WA (September 13, 2004)–Heart is on tour supporting its first studio album in a decade, Jupiter’s Darling. As always, the disc finds the band’s music centered around of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s vocals, placed over a bed of hard rock. Capturing those vocals on the current tour, Ann wields a Neumann KMS105/Sennheiser SKM5000-N combo wireless system while Nancy uses a Sennheiser 3072-U handheld wireless system.
For nearly a decade Ann used a Sennheiser 3072 with an ME3005 capsule. At one point, she asked monitor engineer Dave Stevens what else might be available for her to try. He recalled, “Annie really liked the 3072, but at one point she asked, ‘Is there anything newer and better? I’ve had this microphone for almost 10 years.’ I told her that there was this new hybrid mic from Sennheiser and Neumann, but that I wasn’t sure how it would work for her. Once we tried it, Ann immediately loved it.”
Vocalist/guitarist Nancy Wilson still swears by the Sennheiser 3072-U wireless mic system, which, according to Stevens, works especially well for her due to her close proximity to some very loud guitar cabinets. “The 3072 has superior rejection as her guitar rig’s ambient sound is very loud on her side of the stage. When we started using the 3072 (which was in ’93 or ’94) it seemed to be a little warmer than most mics, but with a very sweet top end. Nancy has a really high range and likes her mic to reflect it.”
Heart uses all personal monitoring systems and front line wireless vocal microphones for better mix control and for “keeping a clean look,” respectively. “We’re using all Sennheiser EW300IEM-G2 wireless monitoring systems, which absolutely rock,” explained Stevens. “In regards to personal monitors, you either love them or you hate them. I think that Ann and Nancy like the control and separation that the personal monitors provide, and that their mixes can be consistent and easily repeatable each night. That’s a lot harder to do with ambient wedge mixes. And since there are no wedges, we also went all wireless mics on the front line.”