Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2004)–The nationally syndicated “Rockline” radio show is bringing interviews and in-studio performances by rock artists to music lovers across the country with the help of Sennheiser. “Rockline” airs live twice weekly, with presenter Bob Coburn showcasing new music on Mondays and classic rock on Wednesdays.
“Rockline” which has been broadcasting on national radio with longtime L.A. DJ and host Coburn since 1981, regularly features in-studio guests performing and talking to listeners, who call in on an 800 number. The show airs on KLOS 95.5 FM in the L.A. area, WAXQ 104.3 FM in New York, and on dozens of rock stations across the nation.
“I’ve been working with Sennheiser since 1997,” reported chief engineer Jimmy Rash. “For the most part we use the MD 421. I’m a huge fan. It’s a great all-round microphone. You can use it on almost anything, from a kick drum to a guitar amp to a vocal.”
Rash explained that, although a radio show, the challenges of broadcasting live rock performances on-air require what is essentially a recording setup in the studio. “It’s kind of a hybrid show. We do it from a recording studio and use a recording console, the Euphonix CS2000,” he elaborated. “Yet, since it broadcasts on radio there are some applications we have to do to get it on the air.”
Sennheiser Evolution Series microphones are also in abundance in the show’s performance space. “I use the Evolution 602 and 604,” revealed Rash. “The 602 is a great kick drum mic–the best ever, I think. The dynamic range is so great. I like the 604s because they clip onto the drums. And I use the Evolution 609 Silver on guitar amps. For my drum overheads and acoustic guitars I use Neumann KM 184s.”
Rash noted that the fragmentation of radio into narrow musical genres means that the show presents two different shows each week, which are often broadcast by different stations in each market. “Monday night is more active rock and newer bands. For example, we’re doing Orgy, we did Sevendust a few weeks ago, we did this new band Shinedown, and Korn’s coming in at the end of the month. Nikki Sixx, with his new band, Brides of Destruction, was just here,” he mentioned.
Wednesday night is the classic rock version of “Rockline.” “For example, we just had Tesla,” said Rash. “We’ve had shows with David Bowie, Robert Plant, Little Feat, Edgar Winter and Metallica.”
Sennheiser headphones are provided throughout for visiting bands as well, according to Rash. “Something else that Bob uses is the Sennheiser HMEC25 headset, with the electret condenser capsule, which is fantastic. It’s an amazing microphone.” Rash has compared the performance of the electret capsule to studio microphones costing several times more. He shared. “If you EQ the HME correctly and add a little bottom you can’t tell the difference.”