Trinidad Sanchez, FOH engineer for David Benoit, finds True Systems mic pres and the Neumann TLM 103 bring new realism to Benoit's piano sound.
FROM EMERIL LIVE TO CHARLIE BROWN, DAVID BENOIT AND HIS FOH ENGINEER, TRINIDAD SANCHEZ III, FIND TRUE SYSTEMS P2 AND NEUMANN TLM 103 AN UNBEATABLE DUO
OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT: A combination of True Systems P2 Analog microphone preamplifiers and a pair of Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm microphones is bringing a new realism to jazz artist David Benoit's live piano sound. The combination, adopted after a successful trial on a recent television show taping, not only won over Benoit and his FOH engineer, Trinidad, but also the sound engineers on the recent Charlie Brown and Friends Christmas Tour with Al Jarreau and Melissa Manchester, for which Benoit was musical director.
"I travel pretty extensively as tour manager and front-of-house engineer for David," explains Sanchez. Recently, Benoit taped a musical segment for the popular Emeril Live cooking show. "I used a pair of my Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm microphones through the P2 Analog onto DAT, and when I got back home to listen I could tell the combination was great."
He continues, "I've always been impressed with David's engineer, Clark Germain, who does most of his studio recordings, and when I heard the piano come up at Emeril Live, it's the closest I've heard to David's piano in the studio."
The two-channel True Systems P2 Analog offers the ultimate sonic performance for critical recording and sound reinforcement applications. A hybrid, totally balanced, dual-servo, high-voltage design that provides exceptional transient response, headroom, imaging and noise performance, the P2 Analog features selectable M-S decoder, active DIs with impedance modification capability, dual gain range selection, and multi-frequency high pass filter. In addition, the P2 Analog features a Stereo Phase Correlation display that assists in optimizing microphone placement for stereo recording.
Contemporary jazz composer-pianist David Benoit, a three-time Grammy nominee, recently released, "Right Here, Right Now", his twenty-second recording as a Solo Artist in 24 years. After the release of his CD, "Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!" (GRP Records) in the spring of 2000, Benoit developed an entire live musical tribute to Charles Schulz's Peanuts (tm) comic strip.
On the 2003 Charlie Brown and Friends Christmas Tour, says Sanchez, "We have Scott Richards mixing front-of-house and Mike O'Malley mixing monitors. I suggested that they might want to give a listen to the P2 Analog and the TLM 103s. Unfortunately we didn't use them at rehearsal, but I brought them out to the first date in Columbus, Ohio and the guys have been using them ever since on the tour. They were very impressed with the sound of the piano with the P2 Analog and the TLM 103s."
"We're taking the TLM 103s from the piano," he elaborates, "into the P2 Analog, then splitting them into the monitor and front-of-house consoles. David only takes his piano in his monitors, and what he's hearing is exactly that - the 103s and the P2, split in stereo."
Sanchez will have plenty of opportunities to use the True Systems P2 Analog Preamp and Neumann TLM 103 mics in 2004, as Benoit kicks off his own tour in early 2004.
Neumann's award-winning line of microphones has set the standard in the industry since 1928. In 1999, Neumann received the prestigious Technical Grammy(r) for their 70 years of innovation in microphone design and contribution to the music industry. A continuing commitment to provide innovative, technically refined products and engineering solutions of proven quality ensures that Neumann's stature will remain unassailable. Neumann USA is owned and distributed in the U.S. and Latin America by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation based in Old Lyme, Connecticut.