Going Wireless In Front of 400,000

Modern-day troubadour Ed Sheeran has made a name for himself in the US, but that’s nothing compared to back home for him, where his current tour sold 400,000 tickets into two venues alone—London’s Wembley Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park. As his crowds have grown bigger, going wireless for mics and his guitar have become a necessity—but it wasn’t a hastily made decision.
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400,000 fans attended Ed Sheeran’s two weekend appearances in London and Dublin (photo credit: Christie Goodwin)
London, UK (August 10, 2015)—Modern-day troubadour Ed Sheeran has made a name for himself in the US, but that’s nothing compared to back home for him, where his current tour sold 400,000 tickets into two venues alone—London’s Wembley Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park. As his crowds have grown bigger, going wireless for mics and his guitar have become a necessity—but it wasn’t a hastily made decision.

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Supplied by production company Major Tom, Sennheiser’s 2000 series wireless monitors and its flagship Digital 9000 Series microphones were in use throughout the UK tour. Front-of-house and monitor engineer Chris Marsh decided to change the microphone during Ed’s last US tour, using Digital 9000 for his vocal, loop vocal and guitar. “Digital 9000 Series has changed our lives,” said Marsh. “We had been looking at ways of moving Ed’s guitar away from being wired, but we hadn’t found a good enough wireless system for him to lose the cable, which he’d been using since the very beginning. That was until we tried Digital 9000; unlike others we tried, we found it sounded even better than the cable.

“From an audio point of view, his vocal became a lot more prominent and his guitar sounded more natural. On top of that, we’ve been doing stadiums, so having something that has such strong RF capability made a real difference. It meant that Ed could be up to 50m away from the receivers and still have rock-solid reception. It’s made a really big difference to the show and to Ed’s ability to move around the stage.”

“Sennheiser has a long-standing relationship with both Chris and Ed,” says Phil Cummings, Relations Manager EMEA for Sennheiser. “When we suggested that Chris try Digital 9000 for Ed, we were confident that it would perform as they wanted it to. We’re delighted that it proved to be the right choice.”

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