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Dylan producer puts faith in Sennheiser and Neumann mics

test 6 November 2007

CANADA: Critically acclaimed producer and solo artist Daniel Lanois utilised an extensive selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones at two recent concerts held during the Toronto International Film Festival. The annual cinema gathering provided a showcase for Here Is What Is, a new documentary film about Lanois that gives “a unique glimpse into his creative process in the recording studio”, reports David Davies.

Lanois’ work with the likes of U2 (The Unforgettable Fire), Bob Dylan (Time Out of Mind), Peter Gabriel (Us) and Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball) has long made him one of the world’s most in-demand producers. However, he is also an established solo artist, with a number of lauded albums – among them 1993’s For the Beauty of Wynona and 2003’s Shine – to his credit.

The premier of the new documentary – co-directed by Lanois himself – was followed by two sold-out shows at the Great Hall in Toronto. Flanked by musicians including drummer Brian Blade (Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter) and legendary keyboard player for The Band, Garth Hudson, Lanois made use of numerous Sennheiser-supplied microphones. Specific fixtures included a pair of Neumann TLM 103 large-diaphragm condenser microphones, two Neumann KM 184 small diaphragm condensers, a Sennheiser evolution Series e 825 vocal cardioid mic, a pair of e 609 guitar amplifier mics, two e 903 dynamic mics for toms, and an e 905 snare mic.

“I’ve got thirty years of Sennheiser under my belt!” commented Lanois. “I was very proud to be associated with Sennheiser for my recent concerts that took place during the Toronto International Film Festival.”

“Our association with Daniel Lanois is just the beginning of efforts to brand Sennheiser worldwide,” remarked Greg Beebe, the company’s director of global relations.


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