Los Angeles (August 31, 2004)–The Used are on the road this summer as part of Linkin Park’s third annual Projekt Revolution Tour, which also brings together Korn, Snoop Dogg and Less Than Jake. Front-of-house engineer, Bob Bryar, worked with The Used earlier this year on some shows with blink-182, where he discovered that Sennheiser’s Evolution Series of wired microphones are well suited to the band’s own particular brand of aggressive emo.
“At the last show, lead singer, Bert McCracken, threw his mic out into the crowd. I had to go out and get more. I just went and bought them–that’s how much I want to use them,” Bryar remarked. “I’m slipping back and forth between the Sennheiser E835 and the E935 for him. He’s got more of a nasally voice and I think the 835 is working better for him. And he’s all over the place with that mic, but he can go anywhere because the rejection is really good.”
Bryar, who has also worked with Pressure 4-5, Thrice, My Chemical Romance, Story of the Year, and H2O, is also very pleased with the sounds that he’s been getting from the drums with the Evolution Series. “I’m using the E903 on the hi-hat. I don’t like a brittle hi-hat sound, and it gives me the body of the hi-hat without a lot of mid-range nastiness.”
Two E614 condensers are also deployed in an unconventional manner. “The drummer doesn’t like overhead mics,” he explained, “so I have little clamps and I’m mounting them under each cymbal. It’s working perfectly. This mic seems to pick up the presence of the cymbal but still sounds like it’s above the kit. It’s a lot cleaner sounding to me.” Bryar added, “I’ve done live recordings with him that way and it sounds great.”