Houston, TX (February 24, 2017)—Lady Gaga performed through a Sennheiser wireless microphone system during a halftime performance at Super Bowl LI that mixed music from her own catalog with patriotic classics.
Beginning the performance atop the rim of Houston’s NRG Stadium, Lady Gaga performed excerpts from “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” with a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and an MD 5235 dynamic microphone capsule. Diving to the stage in a feat of wires and acrobatics, she then launched into a medley of her top hits.
Chris Vineyard, Lady Gaga’s production manager, worked with the artist to craft her 12-minute performance, which included elaborate staging, stunts and dance routines. “Sennheiser was really the easiest part in this whole process,” Vineyard says. “We’ve been using Sennheiser microphones for the last eight years and they perform well every time. Knowing that we could rely on Sennheiser left us with some extra headspace to focus on putting on a great show.”
Perhaps Lady Gaga’s front-of-house engineer Paul Ramsay knows better than anyone how the artist’s voice sounds on the MD 5235 capsule, having used the capsule extensively on her tours.
“When I came onboard Lady Gaga’s team, I was pleased to discover that they were using Sennheiser microphones and wireless gear because the last two artists I’d worked with were on Sennheiser as well and we had great success,” Ramsay says.
For Ramsay, the MD 5235 capsule was a good call: “That capsule really suits her voice. The high end is articulate and the low end has a nice warmth to it. She can go from nearly a whisper to quite powerful and loud within a millisecond, and that mic handles it beautifully and captures every facet.”