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Sennheiser radio mics in place for Eurovision

Rehearsals are already underway in Lisbon for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The competition itself, claimed to be the biggest live music event in the world, will take place in May, with a full broadcast production by Portuguese public broadcaster RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal). Performers will use Sennheiser 6000 wireless microphones in either hand held or head-worn versions.

The Song Contest. the 63rd to be staged and the first ever held in Portugal following Salvador Sobral's win for the country in Kiev last year, will comprise two semi-finals, to be transmitted on 8 and 10 May, leading up to the grand final on 12 May. Sennheiser has been a regular supplier of technology at Eurovision over the last 20 years and will provide microphones from its Digital 6000 wireless range, plus 2000 Series units for in-ear monitoring.

Artists from the 43 competing countries will perform using either SKM 6000 hand held mics (68 in total), featuring MD 9235 dynamic capsules, or SK 6000 body packs with custom headsets (115 in all). Some of the SKM 6000 hand helds, fitted with KK 204 heads, will be used for communications. There will be 41 EM 6000 two-channel receivers, 74 SK 6000 body pack transmitter, six SKM 9000 COM hand held transmitters, 21 L 6000 rack-mounted charging units (with chargers for the SK 6000s and SKM 6000s.9000s), 17 SR 2050 IEM two-channel transmitters working with A 5000-CP circularly polarised antennas and 122 EK 2000 IEM body packs.

Sennheiser EM 6000 receiver in Command mode

Sennheiser EM 6000 receiver in Command mode

Communications for the backstage area will utilise the Command feature of the 6000 Series to establish talkback connections between the stage director and stage staff such as the liaison manager. This will involve special SKM 9000 COM hand held or SK 6000 body pack transmitters. This have been adapted for this purpose using the KA 9000 COM Command switch.

The on-site audio team, overseen by head of sound Daniel Bekerman, will be supported by personnel from Sennheiser, headed by director of customer development and application engineering Volker Schmitt. "Altogether, more than 100 wireless channels will be in use for audio alone," said Schmitt. "As the system has been designed to be intermodulation-free, we can arrange its transmission frequencies in an equidistant grid, saving spectrum for other wireless applications."

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