Miking Kenny Chesney's Drums On Tour

Kenny Chesney has never shied away from hitting the road. One of the top-grossing touring acts of the milllenium so far, the man, his band and audio crew work hard. Case in point—this summer’s The Big Revival tour, which played 57 shows, including 18 stadium stops, all of which were heard via a sizable sound systyem from Chesney’s longtime audio provider, Nashville, TN-based Morris Light and Sound. Helping ensure everyone in the audience was feeling the beat, FOH enginer Chris Rabold captured drummer Sean Paddock’s sound with Telefunken M80 and M82 dynamic mics and the company's new M60 FET condenser mics.
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Pictured during Kenny Chesney's "The Big Revival" tour is FOH engineer Chris Rabold with his Telefunken M80 and M60 FET microphones.
Nashville, TN (September 9, 2015)—Kenny Chesney has never shied away from hitting the road. One of the top-grossing touring acts of the milllennium so far, the man, his band and audio crew work hard. Case in point—this summer’s The Big Revival tour, which played 57 shows, including 18 stadium stops, all of which were heard via a sizable sound system from Chesney’s longtime audio provider, Nashville, TN-based Morris Light and Sound.

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Keeping the audience on its feet has a lot to do with hit songs and showmanship, but there’s no question that the beat has a lot to do with it, too. With that in mind, FOH engineer Chris Rabold paid a lot of attention to capturing drummer Sean Paddock’s sound; key to that effort was the careful use of Telefunken M80 and M82 dynamic mics and the company's new M60 FET condenser mics.

Describing his mic selection for Paddock, Rabold noted, "For Sean's kick drum, I like Telefunken's M82 dynamic. The snares are miked with Telefunken M80s that work as a top or bottom mic. The overheads are these awesome new Telefunken M60 FET mics; it's amazing that a small-diaphragm mic could sound that fat. Sean recently was voted Drum Magazine's 2015 Drummer of the Year. He is also a big fan of Telefunken mics and the sounds we get are absolutely collaborative."

Rabold began his career with a brief stint on the road with Widespread Panic before he entered the audio program at Middle Tennessee State University. There, he honed his mixing skills at regional gigs before getting the call from Widespread Panic again, then stayed on the road for 11 years before working with Lady Gaga, The Fray, Beyoncé, and now with Chesney; the summer jaunt was his second with the country star.

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