New York (August 25, 2004)–Earth Wind and Fire is currently on tour with Chicago, with segments where both bands play together and on their own, resulting in 93 inputs at monitor world. The 15-20,000 capacity shed tour is seeing capacity crowds with an Eighth Day Sound full L-Acoustics VDosc rig with D&B subs out front, and Sennheiser wireless mics onstage.
Longtime monitor engineer, Michael Lionetti, to hit the road with EWF this summer, as he has for the last five years. “The best way to describe working with Philip Bailey is that vocally he gives you whatever you need,” began Lionetti. “He physically works the Sennheiser SKM5000 from the range of an inch to three feet and the SPL that is coming into that mic remains the same. The SKM5000 is very dynamic with the tightest pattern control we’ve found when used with the Sennheiser ME5005 capsule. I think it’s the best and only microphone that will work for Philip Bailey because he is such a dynamic vocalist.”
Bailey prowls the stage, which can often bring the SKM5000 directly in line with the powerful EWF horns, but Lionetti says Bailey’s awareness and the SKM ME5005 capsule’s controlled pattern keeps bleed to a minimum. The SKM5000 goes directly into one of two DiGiCo D5 Live consoles in monitor world with only the addition of minimal onboard parametric equalization. “Philip likes a light band mix with slightly more keyboards than the band’s, and of course his vocal on top,” explained Lionetti.
Delivering the vocal harmonies of percussionists Ralph Johnson and David Whitworth, bassist Verdene White and background vocalist Krystal Bailey brought its own specific needs. Lionetti required a microphone that compliments and blends with Bailey and his SKM5000, but also provides the sonic clarity and distinction for each of these soloists-in-their-own-right.
Lionetti chose the new Sennheiser EW365-G2 Series wireless microphone system with the ME865 super-cardioid capsule for all four backing vocalist after extensive experience with its predecessor the G1 and also working with the G2 since its inception.