Sennheiser Microphones and Wireless Gear Tour with Simple Plan
On the current world tour for their latest album, the pop-punk band Simple Plan will make stops in Korea, China, Japan, Australia, and South America, in addition to North America and Europe. The band will be accompanied by Sennheiser and Neumann wired microphones together with twenty-two channels of Sennheiser wireless microphones, instrument packs, and personal monitors.
Simple Plan’s frontman uses the wireless Neumann KK 105 S super-cardioid condenser head paired with a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter.
“He had previously been using a dynamic capsule that everyone was happy with until he had a chance to borrow a KK 105 S while playing with another band,” explained tour and production manager Paul McManus. “It’s a lot easier for him to sing into the ‘studio-like’ KK 105 S. He doesn’t have to work at it. Not only does that make it easy for him to step up and fall naturally into the pocket, but it makes our very long touring schedule a lot more doable.”
FOH engineer Frank Joly agreed and added that the KK 105 S cuts through a thick punk mix nicely. Bass player and backing vocalist David Desrosiers uses a similar Neumann KK 104 S cardioid condenser, again with the Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter, whereas rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Sébastien Lefebvre uses a wired Sennheiser e 935 dynamic. Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers grab the wireless signals, and two additional SKM 5200-II/KK 105 S pairs serve as backup and guest mics. Sennheiser evolution e 901 and e 602 microphones are used on Simple Plan’s kick drum.
Instead of traveling with a monitor engineer, Joly sets up a Yamaha LS-9 console at the side of the stage, which delivers each band member’s monitor mix. Every member of the band, along with the two techs, uses a Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 wireless personal monitor paired with an AC 3200 combiner and an A 5000-CP circularly polarized antenna. Every guitar and bass on stage uses an SK 2000 XP wireless instrument transmitter paired with EM 2050 receivers.