When Jukebox Hero The Musical, a celebration of Foreigner’s music, was performed at the Jubilee Auditoriums in Calgary and Edmonton, FM Systems, Western Canada’s largest pure play audio provider, was contracted to provide sound reinforcement services. For a show like Jukebox Hero, FM Systems had to ensure that the music conveyed all the emotion of the story, so they put 22 Countryman H6 Headset Microphones into service with Shure Axient Digital and UHF-R wireless microphone systems.
The show’s sound was designed by renowned NYC theatre sound designer, Ben Selke. Selke had specified that dual ear, omnidirectional microphones be used on stage. Marlin Jones, President of FM Systems, assisted by FOH Engineer Curtis Jacobs, and FM’s resident RF Guru and monitor engineer Brad Harris, were instrumental in managing the many technical considerations to ensure the show’s success. For them, the Countryman H6 was the clear choice.
Jones explains, “First and foremost, audio quality and low handling noise are crucial considerations for any miniature microphone. Countryman microphones were an exceptional choice. Their sound is clear, natural, and articulate, and the H6 delivers high gain before feedback, so getting suitable levels was never an issue.”
FOH Engineer, Curtis Jacobs, had the talent’s comfort and performance in mind. He explains, “In a theatrical setup, proper fit and eliminating distractions for the performer are very important factors. The H6 is very easily adjusted to the performer’s head, resulting in a comfortable, secure fit that allows talent to focus on their performance. Plus, these mics are very reliable, and available in a variety of colors to blend with the artist’s skin tone.”
About Jukebox Hero The Musical
Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, (The Commitments and Across the Universe), the story takes place in rustbelt town, Blaydon, PA, and when the local plant closes, two thirds of the town finds itself out of work. Ryan Perry is Blaydon’s most famous son, a big music star who hasn’t been back home in years until he receives an impassioned appeal from his father to stage a benefit concert. The show features many of Foreigner’s greatest hits—I Want to Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Feels Like the First Time, and more—and it’s delighting audiences across North America. To learn more about Jukebox Hero The Musical, visit the show’s website at http://jukeboxheromusical.com/.
About FM Systems
Founded in 1985, with facilities in Edmonton and Calgary, FM Systems is one of Canada’s leading industry suppliers of audio and production services. The company has built its reputation on delivering a product of the utmost quality and detail, satisfying even the most discerning client. FM Systems’ strength lies in their stable of technicians and production managers with a wide-ranging breadth of experience with projects of all sizes. For more information about FM Systems, go to fmsystems.net.
About Countryman Associates
For more than 40 years, Countryman has focused on developing microphones and accessories that deliver maximum gain before feedback, with the highest possible rejection of wind, vibration, interference, and other unwanted sounds. The result is warm, clear vocals in speaking and singing applications, delivering natural audio reinforcement that requires almost no attention from the sound engineer or the performer. For additional information about Countryman Associates, visit the company online at www.countryman.com.