Los Angeles (July 23, 2008)– American Gladiators follows buff atheletes competing against regular people in unusual tests of strength and endurance. It also sports a plethora of Sennheiser equipment.
The competition is filmed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena using Sennheiser equipment, including new MKH 8040 Series wired microphones, SKM 5200 wireless handheld mics and the company’s A 5000 CP circularly polarized antennas.
With the help of Sennheiser sales representative Tim Hunten, the show acquired two dozen of Sennheiser’s new compact MKH 8040 Series microphones in time for the latest season of the series, which was filmed over a three-week period in downtown Los Angeles for broadcast over the coming months. According to the show’s audio designer Chris Olson of Video Equipment Rentals, “We used the MKH 8040s as crowd and effects mics. The mics were mainly stand-mounted and used primarily to capture the sounds of the amateur athletes and professional “gladiators” competing against each other on the various courses such as the Gauntlet, Powerball and The Wall.
“In some instances, the mics were hanging from the ceiling,” says Olson. “They were spectacular in that application, too. As they offer a flat response over a wide dynamic range, the MKH 8040s are useful in a variety of different situations.”
On the wireless side, he continues, “We were using four SKM 5200 RF handheld transmitters. Those had Neumann KK 105-S heads on them.” Those microphones were used by regular show hosts Laila Ali and Hulk Hogan, as well as by the various contestants.
Last but not least, he reports, “We were using the A 5000 CP circularly polarized antenna for communications, on the receive side, and we were also using them for the receives on our wireless mics.”