Houston, TX (February 12, 2004)–Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston once again proved a challenge for James Stoffo of Professional Wireless Systems (PWS, a Masque Sound company), the go-to RF specialist of choice for the pre-game and halftime entertainment at the largest event on the U.S. sports calendar. But with eight previous Super Bowls already under his belt, plus racks of Sennheiser wireless equipment, Stoffo ensured that the MTV-produced AOL Top Speed Halftime Extravaganza, although controversial, went off without any technical hitches.
For the pre-game portion of the Super Bowl with Aerosmith, Josh Groban and Beyonce Knowles (performing the National Anthem) and the halftime show featuring Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and a headline-grabbing Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake duet, PWS fielded an all-Sennheiser starting line-up of RF microphones and personal monitor systems.
“The number of RF microphones on the field and RF devices is just incredible,” reported Stoffo. “(In addition to the over 1,000 RF systems on the field,) I had about 100 frequencies.” Production intercoms accounted for nearly half of those channels.
“We had 14 hot RF microphones, all Sennheiser EM 1046 receivers with handhelds-the SKM 5000s with Neumann elements,” Stoffo added. The Sennheiser/Neumann hybrid, incorporating the Neumann KK 105-S condenser capsule, has become a must-have for many major artists. There was one exception, as Stoffo noted. “Steven Tyler from Aerosmith was all live for vocals, and he requested a Sennheiser dynamic element.”
Stoffo, who was sub-contracted for his RF expertise by halftime show sound reinforcement system provider ATK Audiotek Corp. of Burbank, California, reported that the RF mic signals came through loud and clear. Additionally, 16 channels of Sennheiser 3000 Series wireless monitors were used exclusively during halftime.
Sennheiser Electronic Corp.