In what has been the largest broadcast project for Sennheiser in the Middle East, Al Jazeera has utilised Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 digital wireless system at its studios in Doha, Qatar.
According to the broadcaster the deployment will now serve as the standard template for all its major studios across the globe including those in London, Washington DC, and the Balkans.
“Quality audio is integral to viewer satisfaction and this is particularly true for a network such as Al Jazeera given the nature of our content,” says Allie Kader Gaffoor (pictured), network specialist sound and audio acoustics – network operations standards at Al Jazeera Media Network.
“We have therefore equipped our studios with the latest technologies available in the market for the broadcast industry. We selected systems that we knew would give us the optimum level of performance while leaving little room for error. This project perfectly showcases our commitment to delivering the very best experience for our subscribers.”
Sony Professional MEA was the systems integrator for the project. Both Sony and were responsible for RF planning across Al Jazeera’s headquarters, which includes over 15 studios.
“This is by no means an easy feat as all the wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring systems required radio frequency coordination to ensure that there is no interference between them, even if presenters walk from studio to studio whilst wearing their transmitters,” says Ryan Burr, technical sales manager for Sennheiser Middle East.
“To ensure Al Jazeera has complete flexibility with their wireless microphones, we designed all 75 channels of D9000 to operate within the same frequency bandwidth, allowing them to use all transmitters in any studio. We also utilised this approach with the 72 channels of the 2000 Series IEMs, which operate within a different bandwidth to the wireless microphones to avoid interference.
“The D9000 wireless microphone system is like no other in that it uses technology that is unique to Sennheiser and is the only microphone system capable of transmitting uncompressed audio. This means that it delivers the highest resolution audio quality with a cable-like purity,” says Burr.