Miley Cyrus on VH1 DivasNew York, NY (December 15, 2009)–Firehouse Productions handled three televised music awards shows almost back to back in September using a combination of Sennheiser wireless mics and personal monitor systems.
The shows including the MTV Video Music Awards, VH1 Divas and VH1 Hip Hop Honors, where Sennheiser artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus at the VH1 Divas, and Mary J. Blige and Eminem at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, used a variety of Sennheiser equipment.
Vinny Siniscal, RF coordinator for New York-based sound and communications specialists Firehouse Productions, explained how they satisfied the requirements of Sennheiser-endorsed artists at the shows: “We generally bring four to six channels of Sennheiser vocal microphones that we keep for their particular artists who may be on tour and are unable to bring in their own gear.”
Noted Siniscal, “We use Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handheld vocal mics with MD 5235 dynamic capsules, together with an EM 3732 twin receiver with 90 MHz switching bandwidth.”
For all three broadcast events, Firehouse used ew 300 IEM G2 wireless personal monitor systems and provided wireless SKM 5200 handheld vocal mics and receivers for the performers. “All the ears at all the shows were Sennheiser,” confirms Siniscal. “We only used G2 equipment; 16 channels with 32 receivers to cover all the stages. In fact,” he says, “they were the only personal monitors used at the shows. The only artists to bring their own were Green Day at the VMAs–and they also had G2s!”
Firehouse Productions has long used Sennheiser equipment, and has now adopted the company’s antenna systems. “I’ve changed out pretty much all of my antenna systems to the A 5000-CPs, just because of the environment,” says Siniscal. “It makes a lot of sense to use the A 5000s on the stage due to their pattern control, as opposed to other helical antennas. With over 280 RF channels operating per show, I need all the help I can get.”