Pop Princess on parade (photo © Ken McKay)
Europe - Kylie Minogue has been touring Europe this autumn before heading back to her native Australia, and Sennheiser microphones and in-ear monitor systems have played a vital role in Eighth Day Sound's audio production. The tour's microphone package features Sennheiser SKM 5200 series mics with MD 5235 capsules and EM 3732-II receivers, with monitoring via Sennheiser SR2050 IEM transmitters and EK2000 IEM belt packs.

"The SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination really suits this show, as Kylie spends a lot of time out in front of the PA system on the B stage," says Kevin Pruce, Kylie's front-of-house engineer. "Other combinations gave me less headroom, while the size and weight of the microphone are also very important."

Pruce adds: "We have a great relationship with Sennheiser, in particular Mark Saunders. He is always available for advice and the backup is superb."

This is confirmed by production manager Kevin Hopgood, who says: "Sennheiser - what can I say? We have a working relationship with Mark and the team going back over 12 years and the support on the 2014 has been, as ever, exemplary. Kylie hasn't picked up another brand of microphone by choice since the first time we tried them - the weight, feel and audio quality are all perfect for her.

"Sennheiser has always delivered assistance with customisation to tie in with the show aesthetics, this year with microphone bodies in scarlet, hot pink and chrome. Kylie is all about quality and attention to detail, so Sennheiser equipment is the ideal complement."

Rod Matheson, Kylie's monitor engineer, concurs, adding: "Sennheiser is extremely serious about giving the best support possible and DiGiCo are completely insane! I wouldn't have it any other way - the quality and service are at a point whereby I would find it difficult to use any other gear. The only important addition to the hardware I can think of would be a high quality side chain espresso machine . . ."

(Jim Evans)

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