Sennheiser Supports Lily Allen Sheezus Tour
Both Front of House engineer Shan Hira and monitor engineer Francoise Le Moignan have worked with Lily since her 2009 It’s Not Me, it’s You tour, where they first specified Sennheiser mics and in-ear monitors.“
We had used a Sennheiser SKM 500-935 G3 935 in 2009 and were very happy with the way they worked,” says Shan. “Mark [Saunders, Sennheiser UK artist relations] very kindly offered to support us again and brought a prototype MD 5245 capsule down to rehearsals for us to try out. We really liked it and it worked even better in the real world than in rehearsals, which was great news!”
The final combination that Shan and Francoise chose was the SKM 5200 with custom MD 5245 capsule, along with 2000 series in-ear monitors.
“For me, the super-cardoid pick up pattern of the MD 5245 is its best asset,” says Shan. “That, coupled with all the band being on ears gives me a nice clean vocal to work with.”
“The spec of the SKM 5200 as a transmitter was also important,” adds Francoise. “When using a radio mic, I always want to use a high spec transmitter for reliability and quality. The custom 5245 capsule was an option for a couple of reasons: Lily works well with a dynamic microphone; she really works best with a super-cardiod microphone. She has a good mic technique, but isn't the loudest singer and with the tight pickup oft he MD 5245 we minimise the spill off stage.
“I personally love the sound of this mic; it is very rich and full for a dynamic and I can see myself using it with a broad range of performers.
”The 2000 series in-ears, meanwhile, were chosen for their bandwidth and reliability.
“Sennheiser has always been very consistent and reliable when it comes to RF,” Francoise continues. “I went with the 2000 series because of the wider bandwidth, which would give us more flexibility in situations where frequencies were busy. We had a long run of festivals earlier in the year and the RF was flawless at all of them. The ease of setting up with WSM [Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager] and the reliability make it very easy to use.”
With what they describe as ‘rock solid performance’ from day one, both engineers have been supremely happy with their choice of equipment and with the support that Sennheiser has provided.
“It has been great for us to use the custom capsules from Sennheiser,” says Francoise. “And Mark has always been very supportive with suggesting products for us to try with Lily.”
“Mark has been his usual affable, accommodating self and a pleasure to work with, as always,” Shan concludes. “His continued support is very much appreciated.”
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.