Electro‑Voice RE320 features at the National Folk Festival in Canberra
The first shipment of the new Electro-Voice RE320 Variable D™ vocal/instrument microphone arrived on Australian shores in mid April 2011. Bosch Communications Systems engineer Phill Webb, was fast out of the blocks, snapping up six of them to be used at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.
Phill was called upon by Canberra’s ‘Eclipse Lighting and Sound’ to work in the Marquee Venue, which saw a host of local and international acts pass through over the course of the four day festival. The RE320 was the logical choice for use as the MC microphone, and soon made itself at home side-of-stage.
“the off‑axis performance exceeded my expectations; all around it’s just a great microphone.”
Given the eclectic nature of the festival, a number of different instruments (including kick drum, mandolin, piano accordion, stomp box, upright bass, and guitar) appeared on stage, with several supported by the RE320. The RE320’s performance was so outstanding that Phill has added it as a permanent member of his ‘gig kit’ of mics.
“I was amazed at how much sparkle the microphone had,” says Webb, “and, thanks to its Variable D character, the off-axis performance exceeded my expectations; all around it’s just a great microphone. I was also particularly surprised with the gain before feedback I could get out of it”.
In addition to showcasing the new RE320, other Electro-Voice microphones that appeared on stage included the following:
N/D967 (main vocals)
The stage was also equipped with a full Electro-Voice speaker system; ZX5’s were used as foldback wedges, with an XLE line array system with Xsubs serving at front of house.
The feedback from both performers and the audience was very positive, with many raves being received about the sound of the venue. Special credit must go to monitor engineer James McPherson, who was able to make all the performers happy with great foldback.