When Jennifer Lopez decided to return to her musical performance roots with a residency at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theatre in Las Vegas, she and her team left no stone unturned in their efforts to create an outstanding show.
A key piece of the puzzle was finding the right combination of microphone and wireless system for the artist – one that would handle the hostile RF environment of a major production. They found the Shure Axient wireless with the new KSM8 Dualdyne premium dynamic capsule to be ideal.
According to Shure artist relations senior specialist Nelson Arreguín, the combination proved to be a perfect fit for the artist. “Once the audio team had tried the KSM8 – which was still in beta test at the time – they knew it was the mic for her,” he says. “Soon, I was put in touch with JLo’s production team to discuss endorsement possibilities.”
FOH engineer Gordon Mack became a fan of the KSM8 for its versatility across a wide range of material. “The KSM8 is a very full-throated mic,” he says. “It captures all the warmth and depth of Jennifer’s vocal without losing the crispness of a lightly sung lyric, all the while maintaining its composure as she struts in front of the PA. The only feedback I’ve had isn’t from the mic – it’s from people talking about the mic!”
Monitor engineer Anne-Lise Coulet had a similar reaction. “The KSM8 capsule is a life-changer in monitor world, especially for in-ears,” she says. “When Jennifer is moving between the PA, side-fills, and the live band, and the audience starts screaming, the KSM8 gives me the clarity and control I need so that her vocal easily cuts through it all without bleeding.”
Coulet is also in charge of the show’s wireless systems, running 24 channels of RF networked together through Shure’s Wireless Workbench software and Axient Spectrum Manager for real-time monitoring of every channel. The production uses 10 microphone channels (Axient AXT200/K8B for JLo, Shure UHF-R for the rest of the stage) and 14 PSM 1000 in-ear systems.
During its initial run in January and February, the Jennifer Lopez All I Have residency quickly earned a reputation as one of the must-see shows in Las Vegas. Her next 10-date residency at the Planet Hollywood AXIS Theater begins on 22 May 2016