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Eurovision wireless for sound

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Production News
May 19, 2018
Eurovision Song Contest

All artistes performing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which featured acts from 43 participating nations, used Digital 6000 wireless microphones by German manufacturer Sennheiser, following its appointment, alongside local partner Magnelusa, as technical suppliers to the event.

Staged at Lisbon’s Altice Arena (cap. 20,000), the contest also deployed the manufacturer’s 2000 series wireless monitors.

The contest featured two semi-finals and a finale concert during which performers used either SKM 6000 handheld mics with MD 9235 dynamic capsules, or SK 6000 bodypacks with Sennheiser custom headmics.

“More than 100 wireless channels were used for audio alone,” says Sennheiser’s Volker Schmitt. “This was an ideal environment for Digital 6000 to demonstrate its spectrum efficiency. We arranged its transmission frequencies in an equidistant grid, saving spectrum for other wireless applications.”

For backstage communications, the company deployed the 6000 series new Command function of the 6000 series to enable the contest’s technical team to establish talkback links. For this, the crew used SKM 9000 COM handheld transmitters or SK 6000 bodypack transmitters all enabled as part of the command network by a switch on the system.

Artistes performing included Melovin, Jessica Mauboy, Equinox and the winner, Netta of Israel.

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