The Roots – Mics of the Tonight Show
By now, you’ve heard the news that Jimmy Fallon is the new host of the late-night pinnacle that is The Tonight Show. You may have even seen an episode or two, or at least caught some of Jimmy’s celebrity-tinged antics on YouTube the next day. If you haven’t seen the show yet, it’s quite a bit different from the days of Carson and Leno… Fallon’s sense of humor is second to none, and it is amazing to see what he can convince his celebrity friends to take part in.
Still one of Fallon’s biggest loves is the musical portion of the show, which is why he chose to bring along his friends from The Roots to continue as the house band on this new version of The Tonight Show. Along with The Roots came an arsenal of Shure mics and wireless systems. Perhaps you’ve even noticed a few here and there? I’m certain you’ve noticed Jimmy’s chromed-out Axient® SM58® handhelds, which he uses for musical numbers with guests.
I recently spoke with Musical Director Keith McPhee about the Shure mics on the show and their applications on the band stand. Keith not only sent along a list of mics, but also included some beautiful imagery (sans band) to illustrate what these mics are used for. Scroll down just a bit and see if you can identify the mics before you take a look at the list. Everything on the show is Shure, and I can tell you they put this stuff to the test night after night. Be sure to catch a future show to see and hear these mics in action!
Cory Lorentz – Artist Relations Manager at Shure Inc.
Questlove and Black Thought’s Mics
1 Questlove Vox – Beta 58 2 Drum Rack – Beta 98AMP 3 Questlove Talkback – Beta 57 4 Black Thought’s Vox – KSM9HS 5 Hi Hat – KSM137 6 Snare Top 1 – Beta 181 7 Snare Top 2 – KSM32 8 Snare Bottom 1 Beta 181 9 Kick 1 – Beta 91A 10 Kick 2 – Beta 52
Knuckles, Captain Kirk, and Questlove’s Mics
11 Guitar – KSM32 12 Conga Low – Beta 98AMP 13 Bongos – Beta 98AMP 14 Conga High – Beta 98AMP 15 Drum Underhead – SM81
Tuba Gooding Jr., James Poyser, Kamal Gray, and Mark Kelley’s Mics
16 Damon Vox – Beta 58 17 Flute – SM58S 18 Kamal Vox – Beta 58 19 Sax – KSM32 20 Trumpet – KSM313 21 James Vox – Beta 58 22 Mark Vox – Beta 58
Complete list of Shure Microphones
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- SM58S (French | Dutch)
- SM81 (French | Dutch)
- Beta 52 (French | Dutch)
- Beta 57 (French | Dutch)
- Beta 58 (French | Dutch)
- Beta 91A (French | Dutch)
- Beta 98amp (French | Dutch)
- Beta 181 (French | Dutch)
- KSM9HS (French | Dutch)
- KSM32 (French | Dutch)
- KSM137 (French | Dutch)
- KSM313 (French | Dutch)