American Idol contestant David Cook using the Sennheiser MD 5235/SKM 5200 combo. (Photo credit: Getty Images)Hollywood, CA (April 16, 2008)–Music industry veteran Randy Faustino formed Creative Sound Solutions in 2007 with Gerald “Butch” McKarge and J. Mark King to provide music mixing services for the television industry. The company has since mixed American Idol, and The Next Great American Band, Rock Star, and, most recently, MTV’s Rock The Cradle.
From Sennheiser’s introduction of the MD 5235 dynamic capsule for its SKM 5200 handheld wireless microphone system, Faustino has used it wherever possible. At his request, all American Idol contestants use the MD 5235/SKM 5200 combo. When a wired vocal microphone fits the bill, Faustino prefers the Sennheiser evolution series e 935 dynamic.
“What I really like about the Sennheiser MD 5235 dynamic capsule in combination with the SKM 5200 transmitter is its immediate presence and warmth, even without any EQ,” said Faustino. “It ends up being a lot less work than comparable models from other manufacturers. “When we have to use other mics because of artists’ contractual obligations, we always end up using more EQ than we normally do to the MD 5235.” When doing overdubs or group pre-records, Faustino uses a pair of Neumann TLM 49 large diaphragm studio condensers.
Faustino prefers to capture musicians with Sennheiser’s evolution series of instrument mics. In addition to a Sennheiser e 906 dynamic cardioid on guitar cabinets, Faustino uses a range of Sennheiser evolution series mics for the drums. A collection of e 604s capture the toms, an e 602 II captures the kick, and e 914s capture hi-hats and overheads.