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6 Aug 2015

Sennheiser Has Never Been Better With Olly Murs

The stock of Olly Murs has never been higher, with the newly appointed X Factor co-presenter’s latest album Never Been Better debuting at No.1 and certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. April and May saw the British singer-songwriter play a 26-date UK and Ireland arena tour, where a full Sennheiser package had microphone and monitor requirements Wrapped Up. He is now set to start his Australian Tour.

After a packed schedule playing at multiple venues across the UK and Ireland, from Belfast to Newcastle, and a four-night run at London’s O2 Arena, the Australian tour now kicks off on 6th August in Brisbane, before moving on to Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

“I’ve used Sennheiser vocal microphones on most things I’ve done over the last five years or so and have always had excellent results,” explains monitor engineer Daniel Kent, who has worked with Murs for the past two and a half years. “You also get brilliant support from them, whether something needs fixing or if you just want to try something different. They are always really helpful.”

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The tour featured Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless microphones with the MD 5235 capsule for Murs, four backing singers, guest vocalists and support act Ella Eyre, who duets with Murs during the headline set. Wired microphones included e 902s, e 904s and Neumann KM 184s on the drum kit and e 906s for the guitars. Wireless monitoring came courtesy of a dozen 2000 series systems.

“When I started working with Olly we were using a different microphone, but we tried the 5235 capsule and it sounded great straight away. He likes it, it suits his voice, it sounds great with the wireless IEMs and (front-of-house engineer) Matthew Kettle felt no need to change it, so it’s obviously doing the right job,” says Daniel. “We also use wired 935s for vocals when Olly does smaller acoustic performances.” He continues, “I’ve used the 2000 series IEMs on everything for quite a long time. I’ve tried other systems and just don’t think they sound as good. Another reason for speccing them is because of their high power. We had a large moving screen and side screens, the backing singers spent quite a lot of time behind the main screen and Olly was going out onto a B stage at FoH, but we had no problems at all with the RF. I let (audio rental company) Wigwam and RF technician George Hogan take care of it all and it was absolutely fine.”

At FoH, Matthew Kettle, an engineer who has worked with Sennheiser on many previous projects, backed Dan’s view of the products, saying, “Both the audio and RF elements of the SKM 5200 and MD 5235 have provided a solid focal point for the performance and have performed reliably night after night.”

Production manager Ant Carr is also a sound engineer and agrees with the choice of Sennheiser. “I will always honour all the engineers’ decisions but, coming from a sound background, I’m a big advocate of Sennheiser,” he says. “Both in equipment quality and support, it’s the best there is. The bottom line is Olly having the right microphone in his hand and the support and backup just adds to Sennheiser being the best choice.”

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(Photo credits Richard Minter)

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