Jacob Hoggard Hosts on a Sennheiser Wireless Mic, Arkells Scoop up âGroup of the Yearâ and âBest Rock Album of the Yearâ
Online PR News – 03-April-2015 – Hamilton, Ontario – Sennheiser lit up the Juno Awards of 2015 with pristine and reliable audio, held at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton earlier this month. The Juno Awards, which have existed since 1970 and represent the pinnacle of Canadian recognition for technical and artistic achievement in music, were broadcast on CTV Television Network and hosted by Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of pop-rock group Hedley. Hedley are regular users of Sennheiser products, and were honored with three nominations including âAlbum of the Yearâ for Wild Life.
The broadcast reached 1.6 million viewers in Canada and presented a staggering array of talent, featuring live performances and awards in a broad range of genres. Sennheiser was well represented both onstage and off, with Hoggard relying on a Sennheiser SKMÂ 2000 handheld transmitter and MMDÂ 935 capsule for the duration of the ceremony â including for his live vocal performances with Hedley.
Other Sennheiser users that were recognized during the evening included The Weeknd, which picked up âArtist of the Yearâ and âR&B/Soul Recording of the Yearâ. Singer Abel Tesfaye treated the live and broadcast audiences with a rousing rendition of hit Earned It from the blockbuster movie Fifty Shades of Grey, captured in immaculate detail through his customized, grey camouflage Sennheiser SKMÂ 5200 which was coupled with an MD 5235 capsule.
Arkells: Bringing It Home with Sennheiser
Hailing from Hamilton, Arkells gave a heartfelt performance of Come to Light off the High Noon album, complete with a 16-piece orchestra and all vocals running through Sennheiser MDÂ 431-II dynamic microphones. During an emotionally moving evening, the hometown favorite also picked up coveted JUNOs including âRock Album of the Yearâ for High Noon and âGroup of the Yearâ â their second such award in four years.
Arkellsâ FOH engineer and tour manager, Dave Gardner, is a Sennheiser fan and passionate about the MDÂ 431-II as his âgo-toâ live vocal microphone â both on tour and in live award broadcasts. âAs soon as I tried the MDÂ 431-II I fell in love with it,â he says. âThe feedback rejection is exceptional. I can get Maxâs [Kerman, lead vocalist] microphone louder than Iâve gotten any other microphone â then I can swing the microphone around and point it directly at the monitor and it doesnât even make a chirp.â
In addition to relying on tried and true Sennheiser MDÂ 431-IIs, Gardner also used a Sennheiser 300 IEM G3 system for wireless monitoring and an assortment of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones for drums and backline â including Sennheiser MKÂ 4 large-diaphragm microphones: âI find these work very nicely as drum overheads,â he explains. âThey donât add anything I donât want, and they donât take anything away. Some of the other large condenser microphones tend to add coloration that is not necessarily desirable â the MK 4 is very balanced.â
A Winning Pedigree of Tools and Artistry
International music icon Sarah McLachlan came through this year for Canadian fans with a big win on Shine On, her new album that was recognized with âAdult Contemporary Album of the Yearâ. McLachlan, a longtime Sennheiser user, is currently on tour with her Neumann KMS 105 and Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphones.
âUsing Sennheiser has proven to be an integral part of Sarahâs show,â says Alex Fedrizzi, systems tech, Sarah McLachlan, Solotech, who works alongside monitor engineer David Retson. âWe work towards being as consistent as possible in order to produce the best possible show every night. The reliability and sonic quality of Sennheiser is a big part of achieving that goal. We are currently carrying a combination of Sennheiser wired microphones, RF handheld systems and wireless in-ear monitor systems, specifically the 2050 transmitters with AÂ 5000-CP antennas, and we have been extremely pleased with the results.â
From Mark Vreekenâs perch as main mix engineer of the Juno Awards of 2015, the key to delivering a great show is ensuring first-rate audio quality and dependability. âThere are many variables in a live TV show, and Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems help bring predictability,â he says. âFor example, a lot of bands like to change their approach to these kinds of award shows by adding different elements such as orchestras or choirs which makes it interesting.â
âArkells added a 16-piece orchestra that sounded huge, and Hedley added 12 drummers to their lineup,â he continues. âWhatever the artists want to achieve creatively on shows such as this, we need to ensure the best possible audio results. The biggest reward is having a fantastic sounding show in the arena and on-air. To that end, the Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems are extremely dependable and sound great!â
Each year, the Juno Awards feature a broad brush of both veteran musicians â such as Sarah McLachlan â and relatively recent artists such as Arkells, which are rocketing towards international prominence. Gardner says that Sennheiser has been there to support Canadian artists at every step of the way â no matter what level they are at in their musical journey: âSennheiser, including our contact Chris Isaac, has done a great job of supporting not only established artists, but also up and coming, mid-level bands that you may not have heard of â but that youâll know in the future.â
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.
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