British folk singer-songwriter, Frank Turner, has taken pro sound solution manufacturer Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 wireless system on his current UK tour in support of his latest album No Man’s Land. We recently interviewed Turner and his producer, Catherine Marks, about the record and the mixed response it received. You can read it here.
Turner’s tour kicked off at Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre in Scotland in November and he has already performed two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace as well as in Cardiff, Southampton, Manchester, Newcastle, Bexhill, and Birmingham. Each night saw two sets of performances; a solo set followed by an unplugged performance with his backing band, The Sleeping Souls.
The decision to upgrade Turner’s older Sennheiser 500 G3 vocal wireless mic system was a natural next step forward for the team, as the system had been used for many years. Sennheiser’s UK artist relations manager Andy Egerton has a long-standing relationship with Turner’s production manager, Dougie Murphy, and suggested using the Digital 6000 series with a Neumann KK 205 capsule to him.
“We were using the older Sennheiser wireless system for over nine years before we decided it was time for a re-fresh,” commented Johnny Stephenson, monitor engineer for Turner. “We tour an awful lot, so good reliable audio equipment is absolutely essential to us. After testing the Digital 6000 with Frank, we knew it was a winner.”
Sennheiser’s SKM 6000 transmitter coupled with a Neumann KK 205 super-cardioid condenser capsule and an EM 6000 receiver was also recommended and proved a big success.
“As soon as we used the Digital 6000 series, everyone in the band kind of jumped up as it was such a noticeable step up in sound quality,” explained Stephenson. “The clarity of the sound was great, especially with the Neumann capsule. Everybody, especially Frank, noticed an immediate difference. He was really impressed with it.”
In fact, Stephenson had some initial reservations about using the KK 205 capsule, wondering whether it was the right choice for Turner. “Frank is quite tough on capsules with his singing style,” said Stephenson. “I remember being slightly concerned and wondering whether the Neumann capsule might be too fragile for Frank. But it turns out that it’s actually lasting longer and is much better compared to some of the previous capsules we’ve had.”
“One nice thing I noticed about the 6000 is its spectrum efficiency and the intelligent spectrum scanning function,” he added. “We do have a system on both G and GB bands as receivers across guitar channels. Because the new 6000 receiver is the wideband, it scans across all of that spectrum at the same time, so it is a lot faster and a lot more efficient than running the scan with the old receivers.”
“I’m a also big fan of the Wireless Systems Manager,” stated Stephenson. “I find it very fast, very simple to use, and with the new EM 6000 receiver it’s so much faster than scanning with the old G3 units.”