Jacksonville, FL (February 11, 2005)–Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, FL was not only a show down between the Eagles and the Patriots; it was also an extravaganza when it came to different types and brands of microphones. Whether adorning the head of an announcer or catching the singing of a superstar, there were microphones in evidence everywhere.
For instance, Paul McCartney performed during the halftime show using a Shure Beta 58A. McCartney’s background singers used Beta 58A and SM58s, and ace drummer, Abe Laboriel, played with Beta 98s on toms and KSM 27s on cymbals and hi-hats. The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.
Meanwhile, ESPN and FOX Sports turned to DPA microphones to help battle the wind and the noise of Alltel Stadium, using DPA WindPacs to enclose DPA 4011 mics.
Before the game even started however, many got an eyeful of Alicia Keyes, who used a Sennheiser SKM 5000 N transmitter with a Neumann KK 105 capsule for her stirring rendition of “America The Beautiful.”