27.05.2011 - Düsseldorf/Hanover
2011 Eurovision Song Contest: Sennheiser wireless systems put in a great performance for the world´s largest music competition
Feel Your Heart Beat: the show followed on TV screens by an audience of around 120 million people on 14 May was one of superlatives. The competitors from 25 countries pulled out all the stops to try and win the 56th Eurovision Song Contest. With great technical efforts, German broadcaster NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) had transformed the Düsseldorf football stadium into a gigantic TV studio for around 36,000 viewers on behalf of the hosting broadcasting association ARD. And, for the 24th time, the event organisers relied on Sennheiser for the artists’ microphones and monitor systems.
The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest 2011 provided a spectacular show. For the 24th time Sennheiser was responsible for the microphone and monitor equipment
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|From green lawns to perfect show stages: the stage design by Florian Wieder thrilled the spectators both in the arena and in front of their TV screens. For the first time, the “green room”, where the artists sweat it out together while the votes come in, was an integral part of the hall. 160 lorries, each weighting 38 tons, had delivered the necessary equipment for the stage, lighting and sound to Düsseldorf. The kaleidoscope of colours appearing on the 60-metre wide and 18-metre high LED wall also extended on LED pathways into the auditorium, captured by 25 cameras. Total amplification power of 350,000 watts ensured excellent sound in the arena. An ESC record 163 frequencies had been reserved for the artists’ wireless microphones and those belonging to the hosts, as well as for the wireless monitoring activities and the press centre. |
Microphone and monitor technology
Perfect frequency management
Ties-Christian Gerdes added: “This time, the route from dressing room to the stage was extremely long. For this up-tempo show with its rapid song changes, the audio technology therefore had to be flexible and safe, and every member of the crew from MM Communications had to know exactly what to do.” The individual monitor mix for each artist was worked out in special rehearsals with the performers. The settings for all the acts were then saved on personal memory cards and read into the monitoring desk before each appearance, which also helped save time.
Quite in keeping with the motto of the Song Contest, it was a really nail-biting final this year in which the result was uncertain for quite some time. In the end, Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan prevailed as winners, taking the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest to Baku.
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €390 million in 2009. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
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Overview of the Sennheiser equipment used at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest:
for vocals, instruments and the hosts:
- 42 SKM 5200-II handheld transmitters
- 60 SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters with HSP 4-3 headset microphones
- 41 EM 3732-II two-channel receivers
- 20 e 908 T wireless instrument microphones
- 10 e 935 vocal microphones
for the press centre:
other equipment and antenna accessories:
- 3 EK 3241 camera receivers
- 3 SKP 3000 plug-on transmitters
- 12 AD 3700 active antennas
- 2 A 1031 passive omnidirectional antennas
- 8 A12 AD active directional antennas
- 6 A 5000-CP circularly polarised antennas
- 6 AC 3200 antenna combiners
- 11 ASA 3000 antenna splitters