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Neal Chooses Countryman

Jim Neil, head of audio at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Canada and sound designer for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, has used Countryman E6 Omni Earset and B6 Omni Lavaliere models for the last six years on a variety of shows.
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New York (November 18, 2011)—Jim Neil, head of audio at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Canada and sound designer for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, has used Countryman E6 Omni Earset and B6 Omni Lavaliere models for the last six years on a variety of shows.

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“I remember using Countryman E6 earset mics on the two actors in Cookin’ at the Cookery,” he said. “It’s a show about the music and times of blues singer / songwriter Alberta Hunter. One gal in the show perspired quite a bit because she was appearing as various characters and, hence, had a lot of costume and wig changes. The E6 performed flawlessly throughout the entire run. When you consider the rough handling the microphone encountered due to frequent costume changes and the perspiration it was exposed to as a result of all this, the fact that the microphone experienced no issues whatsoever is really impressive. It’s speaks very well to the solid reliability and build quality of Countryman microphones.”

Neil is equally impressed with the Countryman B6 Omni Lavaliere microphone. “With Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I used two B6 microphones,” Neil said. “One of the actresses wore a black-colored model so as to match her hair. The mic was positioned at her hair line and was held in place with bobby pins. There was no wig in this case, which is well worth noting since the weight of a wig actually makes it easier to secure the microphone. The fact that the microphone’s cable was so fine and the capsule was so small made it very easy to securely hold the mic in her natural hair, which can frequently be a real challenge. Equally notable is the fact that these microphones are available in various colors to match an actor’s skin tone. This is particularly useful in the theatrical world.”

“When you’re a sound guy, the most important consideration is sound quality,” Neil explained. “In this regard, my experience with the Countryman B6 and E6 microphones has been nothing short of terrific. For this very reason, it comes as no surprise to me that Countryman microphones are even specified by directors. When you combine their performance attributes with a high level of reliability, there’s really very little incentive to look elsewhere.”

Grand Theatre
www.grandtheatre.com

Stratford Shakespeare Festival
www.stratfordfestival.ca

Countryman Associates
www.countryman.com