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Trey Songz opts for AKG on Usher tour

R&B artist Trey Songz and his band are using a host of AKG microphones opening for Usher on his OMG world tour, writes Paul Watson

Trey Songz has teamed up with Usher for all 58 nights of his OMG world tour using AKG microphones for his lead vocals; and his band’s lead guitar and percussion. Following the release of his fourth studio album in September, Trey Songz has been on tour opening for R&B superstar Usher performing a 40-minute set each night through an AKG D 7 microphone with a D 7 Reference Dynamic Capsule. His lead guitarist is heard through an AKG C 214; and the drummer has a number of C 519 clip-on mics on his kit. The microphone system is networked through AKG’s WMS 4500 Wireless System, which makes it a little easier for FOH engineer Bryon ‘Hot Dog’ Tate to keep the vocals and instruments in-line during the performances. Tate says that although he’s had an excellent long-standing relationship with the Austrian manufacturer, its products continue to exceed his expectations. “The AKG line sounds great and are some of the best vocal mics I’ve heard in the industry,” insists Tate. “The wireless vocal D 7 is extremely responsive in the mid range; and the 214 gives us a more compact and easy-to-use piece for the guitar.” December will see the OMG tour hit a host of US cities including Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and New York; and in January 2011, Trey Songz and Usher will make the trip across the pond to tour Europe. UK venues include Manchester’s MEN, Glasgow’s SECC; and London’s O2 Arena.