Miami, FL (February 15, 2007)–Super Bowl XLI may have suffered through a downpour, but it was Prince who reigned, with an electrifying performance that was hailed by some as one of the most thrilling halftime shows in the history of the game. Conditions were far from ideal for any electronic equipment, but the most critical item, Prince’s chrome-plated vocal microphone, took the rough weather and the singer’s rough handling in stride.
Prince performing at the Super Bowl with a Sennheiser SKM 5200 microphone with Neumann KK 105-S capsuleAlthough there was a spare standing by, the mic, which pairs a chrome-plated handheld Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless transmitter with a Neumann KK 105-S capsule, never stopped working, even after getting knocked around and thrown to the stage by Prince. “It worked the whole time, even though he was slamming it around and throwing it around in the rain,” confirmed James Stoffo, who has been in charge of wireless systems for the musical entertainment segments of the Super Bowl for many years.
Performance sound equipment supplier, AudioTek Corp. of California, brought in Sennheiser 3000 series RF receivers for the event, notes Stoffo, which he installed in the rehearsal space for Prince and his band. A Sennheiser EM 1046 receiver rack shipped from Professional Wireless Systems, was paired with two Sennheiser A 5000 CP antennas to ensure rock-solid reception of Prince’s vocal mic.
Meanwhile, with time constraints being an even greater challenge this year, CBS Television City once again turned to Fairlight for around-the-clock audio mixing of the numerous Super Bowl promos. In early 2006, CBS Television City purchased two Fairlight Constellation-XT consoles, and recently purchased a third Constellation-XT with the option of upgrading to an FPGA-driven DREAM II Constellation-XT in the future.
“Timing is everything in our line of work,” said Jeff Ross, audio mixer, CBS Television City. “Any downtime affects our whole department, and if one room shuts down all the content gets bumped to another finishing audio suite and bottlenecks production. That’s obviously something we can’t afford to endure when preparing for the Super Bowl, which is our biggest event of the year.”