Currently playing some of the largest shows of its decade-long career, the Arctic Monkeys is touring with an audio spec featuring Sennheiser evolution series microphones and in-ear monitors.
Led by newly bequiffed singer/guitarist Alex Turner, the band recently released its fourth studio album, the critically acclaimed Suck It and See.
Sennheiser microphones and in-ear monitors constitute an integral part of the band’s live spec. Turner uses an e 935 with cardioid pattern, while the backing vocals of bass player Nick O’Malley and drummer Matt Helders come courtesy of an e 945 and 904, respectively.
“We use the e 945 for Nick to try and cut down on spill from the (very loud) amps on stage,” said FOH engineer and long-time Sennheiser user Matthew Kettle. “The 904 is ideal for Matt because we can squeeze it into a tight space and keep it out of his way.”
Meanwhile, monitors for the band on the current tour comprise eight stereo mixes via G3 in-ears.
“We’ve used Sennheiser IEMs ever since we started using wireless in ears, so it made sense to move to the G3s this time out,” said monitor engineer Will Doyle. “They sound great and the easy set-up function really is easy! I scan every day using a G3 pack and an old Icom scanner just for my own paranoid peace of mind, but 99.9% of the time I agree with the pack scan results. Setting the frequencies then only takes a few minutes – all with no scrolling through frequencies one by one or using intermodulation tables. Most importantly, there are never any dropouts or interference.”
The ability to source Sennheiser systems locally around the world and the manfufacturer’s extensive support facilities were singled out for praise by Kettle.
“Sennheiser has always been great at supporting its products,” said Kettle. “If there’s ever a problem, it’s great to know that I can give Phil Cummings and the team a call and it will be resolved immediately. We’ve had no problems at all with the Monkeys’ mics, so we’ve been extremely happy. We’ve had a very busy schedule on this tour, flying all over the globe. The mics are getting well used and abused… and are all still going strong.”
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