Avril Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing” Tour is All Sennheiser Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing” Tour is All Sennheiser Wedemark, Germany — June 2008: Sennheiser microphones have become a familiar sight on ...
<ul><li><p>Avril Lavignes The Best Damn Thing Tour is All Sennheiser </p><p>Wedemark, Germany June 2008: Sennheiser microphones have become a </p><p>familiar sight on the numerous concert and television performances by </p><p>Canadian punk-pop princess Avril Lavigne. Over the last couple of years, she </p><p>has seldom been seen without her custom-painted, day-glo pink evolution </p><p>wireless vocal mic. Lavigne has kicked things up a notch on her current tour, </p><p>taking four rhinestone-encrusted Sennheiser handheld RF microphones, along </p><p>with a stage full of Sennheiser and Neumann backline microphones, on a jaunt </p><p>that will take her around the world for much of the rest of the year. </p><p>Avril Lavigne has been using a Sennheiser SKM 935 G2 vocal mic paired with </p><p>an EM 550 G2 receiver since the start of her previous tour, according to Jim </p><p>Yakabuski, who has been mixing front-of-house since her very first tour, and </p><p>got her started using Sennheiser microphones. Everything is sounding great </p><p>and the RF quality is fantastic. We havent had any problems with RF. Her </p><p>vocal mic really does sound great, he says. </p><p>On this tour, in support of 2007s The Best Damn Thing album, in place of a </p><p>day-glo pink version of the mic, says Yakabuski, Shes gone a step further </p><p>and has bejeweled four of them. The same designer who recently created the </p><p>individualized mics for the Spice Girls customized the mics, which are black, </p><p>silver, pink and a combination pink and silver. She switches out the four </p><p>different color combinations throughout the night, he says. </p><p>According to Yakabuski, The dynamic 935 handheld offers a performance that </p><p>is better suited to Lavignes vocals than the model she was previously using. </p><p>The 935 is much easier to handle in terms of ambient levels on stage. It rejects a </p><p>lot more of the band and has a smoother response across the board. Its a </p><p>natural sounding mic, and the top-end isnt accentuated. </p><p>The FOH engineer deploys wired e 935 dynamic microphones for the five </p><p>members of Lavignes backing band comprised of two guitarists, a keyboard </p><p>player, bass player and drummer as well as two dancers, who all supply </p></li><li><p>background vocals. He uses e 906 mics on the guitar and bass amps. That </p><p>has worked out really nice. The 906 is a nice, warm guitar mic, says Yaka-</p><p>buski. An e 901 is positioned inside and an e 602 outside the kick drum, with </p><p>e 908s on the toms and e 905s on the snare drums. The hi-hat and ride </p><p>cymbals are close-miked with Neumann KM 184 condensers and a pair of </p><p>large-diaphragm Neumann TLM 103s are suspended overhead. </p><p>I think having the large-capsule TLM 103 condenser mic really makes a </p><p>difference to give our drummer the overall picture, says monitor mixer Matt </p><p>Peskie, who generates feeds to Sennheiser ew 300 G2 IEMs for the band </p><p>the drummer and keyboard player are on hardwired systems and singers, as </p><p>well as three backline technicians and the monitor tech. The drummer really </p><p>doesnt like a direct sound, so he predominantly takes overheads and we fill in </p><p>a few things with the direct mics. Peskie also creates side fill mixes for an </p><p>additional four dancers. Lavigne displays her multi-instrumental talents during </p><p>the live show, performing at an acoustic piano and behind the drums. The drum </p><p>kit has an e 905 on the snare, an e 901 on the kick and a pair of KM 184s on </p><p>overheads, shares Peskie. </p><p>Supported by Sennheisers Global Relations department, the tour will play </p><p>throughout the U.S. and Canada, then visit twenty countries in Europe during </p><p>June and July, and return to the States and Canada before moving on to </p><p>Japan in September. </p><p>The Sennheiser Group is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. A family firm established in 1945 and based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, the company recorded sales of over 356 million euros in 2006, 82% of which was generated abroad. Sennheiser employs over 1,800 people worldwide, around 55% of whom are in Germany. The Group has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as through trading partners in other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones), K + H Vertriebs- und Entwick-lungsgesellschaft mbH (Klein + Hummel studio monitors, installed sound) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centers). </p></li><li><p>You can find out the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting www.sennheiser.com or by contacting: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. 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