Sennheiser wireless/wired microphones and personal monitors are being used by Celtic Woman. Featuring five female soloists backed by a full band and choir, Celtic Woman is currently on a 75-city tour entitled ‘Songs From the Heart’, which stopped off at iconic NYC venue Radio City Music Hall in late February.
For this appearance, the group was joined by special guests P.S. 22 Chorus, necessitating an expansion of Celtic Woman’s usual complement of Sennheiser wireless & wired microphones and personal monitors. Accordingly, FOH engineer Wayne Pauley ordered extra Sennheiser e 935s to capture the P.S. 22 Chorus; the fixtures were delivered by Sennheiser with almost no notice.
Reflecting on the technically demanding Celtic Woman stage show, Pauley noted: “At any given time, we could have up to 19 people on stage with Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless personal monitors, giving us thirty-eight RF mixes for monitors alone. With a few exceptions, everyone is singing into headworn mics connecting to Sennheiser SK 5212 body-packs that pair with Sennheiser EM 3732 receivers. We use Sennheiser’s 5000 Series antennas and 3000 Series splitters and combiners, with Sennheiser NET 1 units to handle monitoring and remote control for all wireless channels.”
Wired mics in use include Sennheiser e 902, e 904, e 905, e 906, e 914 and MD 441s, along with Neumann KM 184s.
For the P.S. 22 Chorus appearance, Pauley selected a Sennheiser EK 2000 IEM wireless personal monitor for their conductor and a total of eight e 935s for the vocalists themselves. “...It was critical that whatever went into the mics sounded great coming out,” he said. “I needed a great-sounding, versatile mic, and the Sennheiser e 935 fit that description. It’s consistently fantastic and forgiving.”
Pauley also paid tribute to the Sennheiser Global Relations Team (“fantastic”) and, specifically, their assistance with RF operating policies worldwide. “Squeezing the number of wireless channels that we do, into as narrow a band as we often have, wouldn’t be possible with any other manufacturer, and I’m happy to have the Sennheiser team to help us navigate the RF regulations of the various countries where we perform,” he said.
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