New York (January 6, 2010)—If you watched the show, you probably weren't looking at the mics, but Sennheiser RF gear was used for the December broadcast of The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
During the performance by the show's sole musical guests, the triple Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas, as well as behind the scenes during taping at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, Sennheiser communications headsets, wireless microphones and personal monitor systems were in abundance.
According to Vinny Siniscal of Firehouse Productions, his company supplied well over 100 Sennheiser headsets for the show's production staff. Those included the HMD 281 Pro, a single-sided headset with dynamic super-cardioid boom microphone, and the HMD 280 Pro dual-earpiece version. The Sennheiser headsets were used in conjunction with the Riedel Artist Digital Matrix intercom system provided by Firehouse for the event. "It's a nice fit," says Siniscal, "the two of them together."
He comments, "Those headsets have become very popular. The mic element sounds great and the headset is really comfortable. In fact, we almost want to take credit for a lot of the TV trucks abandoning the traditional favorite brand for the Sennheiser HMDs. They're basically turning into an industry standard."
In fact, the headsets have proved so popular with clients that Firehouse Productions has had to increase its rental inventory, says Siniscal. "We've got close to 200 in total and we can't keep them on the shelf. So we just bought another 50 of the HMD 281s."
Montréal-based sound and video production provider Solotech supplied Sennheiser gear for the Black Eyed Peas, who performed two songs. According to Patrice Lavoie, Solotech system tech for the event, "We had SR 3256 twin stereo transmitters and EK 3253 belt packs, along with an A 5000-CP antenna and an AC 3000 wideband antenna combiner for this event." Black Eyed Peas members Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap each used a Sennheiser SKM 835 G2 wireless vocal microphone, while will.i.am made use of the new SKM 2000 wireless vocal mic. Sound design for the event was provided by Erich Bechtel of New York's ADI (Audible Difference Inc.).