I was Sound Designer for Once the Musical produced by the New Wolsey Theatre along with Queens Theatre. Once is a well known modern musical performed by actor-musicians. This brings it’s own challenges with every actor needing to be mic’d along with all of their instruments. The show is a very delicate mix, intentionally sounding acoustic; as soon as anything sounds amplified, you’ve lost the intimacy of the show.
I employed MKE2 capsules on all of the cast, aiming for hiding them in the hairline on the majority of the cast, apart from those with hats, or a thin hairline. I think the team has done a great job hiding the mics on everyone. The majority of the instruments also have MKE2 capsules on them, with all of the guitars using their internal pickups. All in, a total of 30 channels of wireless.
Along with the QL5 doing all of the mixing work on the show, there is a MRX7D doing matrixing and delays for multiple groups from the console; enabling a few different options for vocals and instruments to be processed. E.g. a backing vocals group is spread wide across the system, whereas the lead vocal is straight down the center. This lets some of the ensemble numbers open up in the room, whilst keeping the quieter intimate songs remain just that.