New Orleans, LA (February 20, 2013)—Beyonce’s Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on February 3 relied on Sennheiser wireless technology, provided by ATK Audiotek.
Continuing in the tradition of last year’s record-breaking halftime show by Madonna, who also performed with Sennheiser, Beyonce’s 12-minutes-plus performance featured a medley of some of her best-known tunes and a reunion of Destiny’s Child. The singer, a 17-time Grammy Award-winner and longtime Sennheiser user, took the stage at halftime with a custom chrome-finish Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter, topped with an MD 5235 dynamic capsule.
“She’s got such a huge voice,” said Stephen Curtin of Eighth Day Sound Systems, who is also Beyonce’s front-of-house engineer. “It’s difficult to put her on a lot of other micas, as she can pretty easily distort a capsule if she’s really on it. To have the comfort of knowing that’s not going to be a problem, right off the top, is a huge thing for me.” Curtin is carrying a total of 12 channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receivers on the current leg of Beyonce’s tour. Monitor engineer Demetrius Moore sums up the prowess of the microphone’s sonic attributes even more succinctly: “The Sennheiser SKM 5200 is the world’s best-sounding live wireless vocal microphone, hands down,” he says.
Prior to kick-off, and using a matte black Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter with an MD 5235 dynamic capsule, Alicia Keys performed the “Star Spangled Banner” seated at a piano on a stage that was in the shape of the NFL logo.
This year at the Super Bowl, Jason Eskew and the Professional Wireless Systems team coordinated more than 80 audio and comms channels.