New York (February 6, 2006)–Shure’s new UHF-R wireless has been adopted by a number of major tours and is now currently on the road with the Black Eyed Peas, LeeAnn Rimes, and others.
“They’re all across the frontline,” said Billy Flores, the Black Eyed Peas’ monitor engineer. On stage, four UHF-R UR2 handheld transmitters sporting KSM9 cartridges are in the spotlight, used nightly by the Peas’ will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap, and Taboo. “We have one finished in champagne for Fergie, and three finished in black for the boys. They’re top-of-the-line for us; very crisp and bright in the quartet’s personal monitors, and packing an unreal presence out front. Setup is easier than ever, thanks to all of the automatic features. Now I can walk into a room, simply press a button, and each transmitter is synced to its receiver. Press another, and the optimum operating frequency is found. Everything locks right in on both counts–UHF-R saves you hours, especially when you have a lot of mics on deck.”
Meanwhile, J.D. DuCres, monitor engineer for LeeAnn Rimes, is also into the mic, noting, “The sound is so fat, so good and robust, people have been all over me asking about it before and after shows.” DuCrest, who has pushed faders at stage left with Rimes ever since she was 14, added,”I used to have to rely on my preamp’s EQ section for a few tricks to get LeeAnn’s sound just right, but with UHF-R, I was able to run things flat right out-of-the-box. Going to straight-up 12 o’clock on all the knobs–man, that’s a first in all the 10 years I’ve been with this show.”
Like Fergie with the Peas, Rimes chose a UR2 handheld transmitter topped with a KSM9 cartridge finished in champagne. DuCrest added, “LeeAnn loves the color, she feels like its accessorized expressly for her.”