Sennheiser Moves Miley to Digital

For her current tour promoting the album, Bangerz, Miley Cyrus is performing with Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 microphone system.
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Miley Cyrus with her SKM 9000 handheld transmitter (photo credit: Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder)
Old Lyme, CT (June 24, 2014)—For her current tour promoting the album, Bangerz, Miley Cyrus is performing with Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 microphone system.

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Despite the change of image and musical direction of recent years, Cyrus has remained faithful to key members of her technical team, in particular monitor engineer Vish Wadi and FOH engineer Paul David Hager. Both have been working with Cyrus for a number of years.

“Miley had been using an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with a 5235 capsule which was a great combination for her—very robust and sounded good—but Paul [Hager] and I were really keen to try out the digital system,” explained Wadi. “When we did, we both fell in love with the sound quality and the innovative RF capabilities, so we decided to move Miley over to the Digital 9000 system for this tour. She is using an SKM 9000 handheld transmitter with the MD 9235 capsule.”

Wadi said Hager was a significant driving force of the desire to move over to digital. “If anything, it was even more important for him than it was for me because Paul is using digital outputs, and therefore wanted a fully digital workflow, whereas I am using analogue outputs because I think it works better for monitors, especially in-ears.”

Hager noted, “The difference in sound quality is measurable,” he said. “The wireless sounds much more natural without all the companding that was previously a feature of wireless systems. As a result, the 9000 doesn’t have that typical “wireless mic” sound – in fact, it almost sounds just like a cabled mic.”

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