Los Angeles, CA (December 13, 2016)—The annual American Music Awards always bring together some of the best and brightest artists out there. This year’s edition, held at Microsoft Theater and broadcast to more than eight million viewers on the ABC network, featured Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and several other artists using the Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter, combined with the MD 5235 capsule.
“It boils down to this: There are a million things in play at an awards show such as this, and the most important thing is my vocal,” said Derek Brener, FOH engineer for The Weeknd, who was nominated for Artist of the Year and performed his hit single ‘Starboy’ at the event.
Brener used the SKM 5200/MD 5235 combo for the duration: ”On a live show, concert or broadcast situation, I take comfort in the fact that I can pull up that fader on the vocal and never hear a drop out, whisping or any other audio anomaly. This is huge for me, especially in an environment where there is so much RF and so many potential conflicts.”
Ramon Morales, who is responsible for Bruno Mars’ monitors, concurred, noting, “There is always more pressure on everybody at the broadcast events, but when you have the right gear, everything tends to go really well. We had four vocals on the SKM 5200 / MD 5235s and it all sounded great. For Bruno, who is such a consistent performer, the quality and clarity has got to be there every night.”