When Keith Urban’s monitor mixer, Phil Wilkey, ordered another six Heil Sound RC22 wireless capsules for his star singer, he wasn’t worried about transporting them. A tour of this size carrying full production can pretty much take whatever gear is needed. “We carry our own wireless systems but appreciate the sound and also the rear rejection of the Heil capsules.”
The idea that a sound mixer can carry capsules has not only proved popular sonically but also logistically. Heil made it easy – they designed the RC22 and RC35 capsules to fit onto most wireless transmitter “sticks” that have a threaded interconnect.
And while one artist’s production has the luxury of semi trailers, other artists are concerned with overhead bin space on his or her flight. For international artists, the need for a consistent mic package that can easily travel as personal luggage is even more important.
German Tarazona mixes monitors for reggaeton superstar, J Balvin. Based in Bogota, Columbia, German is often moving his production from country to country. Local rentals in each area provide transmitters and receivers, and German provides Heil Sound RC35 capsule. “Our travel schedule is intense and anything that offers me a degree of consistency in sound, especially for our singer, is a powerful tool. Heil Sound made us custom chrome finished RCs that not only sound great but look beautiful. Give me a show file, my capsules, and a plane ticket!”
Courtney Gladney finds the RC22 to be crucial to his sound with R&B soul singer, Avery Sunshine. “We do a lot of one-off promo dates this time of year and having the RC, literally, in my pocket is a game saver. Avery knows that capsule and won’t sing without it.”