Edens Edge Tours The U.S. With Rascal Flatts and AKG C520 L Head-worn Microphones
Known for its acoustic sounds, the trio recently added a complete band to its set for larger, more in-depth performances. FOH Engineer and Production Manager Todd Wines began the search for a lavalier microphone that would minimize the potential for sound bleeding during performances due to the band expansion. The trio’s previous headset mics were not capable of adapting to the increased stage volume, especially with the cymbals and snare drum, nor did they provide the quality Wines desired.
Wines approached AKG for a solution and was introduced to the C520 L. With an external shock mount for high mechanical noise rejection, miniature gooseneck for precise vocal positioning and the ability for left or right side address, the C520 L provided the ideal solution for Wines and Edens Edge.
“The AKG C520 L has improved the band’s performance on multiple levels,” stated Wines. “Sonically, the vocals are much clearer, even with the increase of instruments and stage noise on tour. We can play anywhere from a small theater with a compact stage, to a large stadium and the background pickup is minimal at all levels. There is also less work required to achieve their sound through the mics; less work to overcome any technical issues that arise as well.”
The band finds the C520 L to provide much more comfort than its previous head-worn mics. “Hannah [Blaylock], Cherrill [Green] and Dean [Berner] put on a great, very active show,” continued Wines. “The durability of the AKG mic combined with the comfort aspect helps the performers concentrate on the music, rather than worrying about the possibility of a technical issue.”
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