Sennheiser Stirs the Bowl

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton got this year's Super Bowl underway with a rendition of "God Bless America" performed with the help of Sennheiser RF handheld mics.
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Indianapolis, IN (March 16, 2012)—Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton got this year's Super Bowl underway with a rendition of "God Bless America" performed with the help of Sennheiser RF handheld mics.

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Lambert sang into a new custom-made pink Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP handheld mic with an MMD 935-1 capsule that was created for the event. Shelton sang into a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld mic with an MD 5235 capsule.

"On such a high-pressure show with so many top-of-their-field experts managing such a massive logistical undertaking, one has to be adamant to get the mics you want," observed Brad Baisley, the duo's monitor engineer. "The top end is always superb, the sound is natural, and Miranda and Blake know how to work those capsules."

During the halftime show, Madonna used a Sennheiser HSP 4 headset at the start of her medley and then switched to a gold-plated Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter with an ME 5005 capsule for the remainder. All of Madonna's guests (Nicki Minaj, MIA, LMFAO) used Sennheiser SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters with Neumann KK 104 capsules. Cee Lo Green's chrome mic used the MD 5235 capsule. Sennheiser EM 3732 receivers captured the on-stage magic for the wired world beyond. Finally, Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless personal monitors rounded out the equipment list for Madonna at her request.

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