Singer-songwriter Labrinth used a Sennheiser microphone and in-ear monitoring package on his recent UK headline tour.
The tour took place in a variety of large venues, with a set-up that included eight sets of Sennheiser ew 300 G3 in-ear monitors, an AC3200 IEM combiner, two ew 572 G3 guitar systems and a pair of ew 500-935 handheld microphone systems.
Monitor engineer Ross McGroggan has been using Sennheiser equipment for a number of years.
“The reliability and sound quality of Sennheiser equipment are second to none,” he said. “I’ve never had a single problem with their in-ear systems and the 935 is an excellent microphone. It’s really the best suited to our application – very durable and you can get a lot out of it before feedback.”
One of the challenges for the audio crew was the line-up of special guests who also required miking, such as Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Emili Sandé and James Arthur from X Factor.
“Accommodating the guests was no problem,” commented McGroggan. “I had a guest mix set-up, which catered for them all – I’d just put a wireless pack on them and give them a 935. We weren’t able to sound check with some of them, but with the 935 you know exactly what to expect. We also used our mics for the support acts and never had a problem.”
“We use what the sound team and Labrinth prefer to use and Sennheiser is consistently excellent,” added tour manager Dan White. “Ross and (FOH engineer) Ricky are happy with them. Sometimes 'Lab' comes out the front at soundcheck and he has always been happy with the sound of the 935.
“Considering the sheer amount of miles that the equipment has covered, the fact that we’ve never had anything fall over on us is testament to its durability.”