Los Angeles (February 13, 2006)–Sennheiser mics were all over last week’s 48th Grammy Awards, including a duet between Faith Hill and Keith Urban, performed using new Sennheiser SKM 5200s with ME 5005E capsules. The two backing vocalists used the same combination mic and capsule.
At last week’s Grammy Awards, Faith Hill and Keith Urban both performed using Sennheiser/Neumann wireless combo mics.Sennheiser mics were on hand from the start, when Madonna used her long-time favorite Sennheiser SKM 3072. She was also wearing Sennheiser’s G2 personal monitor system. And it was a Sennheiser 5200 wireless with the Neumann KK 104-S capsule that captured the performance of one of the evening’s top award winners, John Legend, as he performed “Ordinary People.”
A highlight of the show, which was once again held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, was the much-anticipated appearance of influential psychedelic soul and funk icon Sly Stone, who famously retired from performing live in 1987. The all-star line-up for the Sly and the Family Stone tribute segment of the telecast featured Joss Stone, John Legend, Devon Lima, Robert Randolph and “American Idol” season three winner, Fantasia Barrino, all using Sennheiser’s new SKM 5200 handheld transmitters outfitted with Neumann KK 104-S vocal microphone capsules.
The show’s frequency coordinator, Dave Bellamy, of locally-based RF service company Soundtronics, oversaw a substantial number of Sennheiser SR300G2 personal monitor transmitters and Sennheiser EK300G2 personal monitoring system body-packs at the show. 24 channels of Sennheiser monitors were available at both the stage left and stage right monitor positions. Many artists on the show, including U2, the night’s big winner with five Grammy Awards, used Sennheiser G2 monitors.
Over 50 Sennheiser and Neumann mics were used on backline instruments, including Evolution 906s, 602s, and 604s for many of the night’s performances. An additional 40 mics were used by broadcast engineer, Klaus Landsberg to enhance the show’s 5.1 surround broadcast.