Rapper K’naan with a
Sennheiser 2000 mic.
St. John’s, Canada (April 29, 2010)–Every featured vocalist, plus hosts and presenters, made use of Sennheiser 2000 Series and evolution G2 wireless microphones at the JUNO Awards show on April 18.
Canada’s biggest night in music, the JUNO Awards show was broadcast by CTV from St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Quebec’s Solotech supplied production with wireless coordination and calibration provided by Christian Pageau of Transmission Squelch, based in Quebec, P.Q., and RF Wireless Systems Inc. of Nepean, Ontario.
This year, for the first time, the two-hour music awards special included a street party from an outdoor stage on George Street, an entertainment district in the City of Legends.
According to R.F. technician Scott Nickerson of RF Wireless Systems, “For the show inside Mile One Centre, we had 37 channels of wireless microphones–two body-packs and 35 ‘sticks’–and approximately 17 IEM channels, which were all the new 2000 Series. All the frontline was wireless. The total number of RF channels being used at all locations, including George Street and the Red Carpet, was 155 channels–75 of those channels were Sennheiser.”
All of the vocal mics and IEMs in use at the “JUNOs on George” segment of the event were Sennheiser evolution wireless series, Nickerson reports. Communications systems accounted for the majority of the remaining RF channels. Additionally, CTV/MTV supplied eight channels of SKM 5200 microphones and EK 3241 camera-mount receivers to cover the red carpet arrivals.
“I really like the fact the [2000 Series] systems are capable of up to 75 MHz tunable bandwidth, depending on the frequency range. You never can have too much room to move around in the spectrum when you need it,” commented Nickerson.
Performers included Classified; Michael Buble, honored with four awards; Drake, who won two awards; Justin Bieber; and K’naan, who received awards for Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year. The finale, featuring K’naan and many of the night’s performers and presenters, involved 18 Sennheiser wireless mics.