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05/03/2007

Union Flag Mikes For Brit Awards By Crystalroc

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To mark the first live Brits since 1989, Sennheiser commissioned Crystalroc to produce two special Union Flag designed SKM 5200 microphones for presenters Russell Brand and Fearne Cotton.
This was also the sixth consecutive year that Sennheiser has provided support to leading sound designer Derrick Zieba and Britannia Row Productions on the UK’s top music awards show.
Commenting on the BRIT’s microphones, Sennheiser UK’s Director of Marketing, John Steven said: "We first worked with Crystalroc when they produced some dazzling gold and diamond microphones for the Kylie Showgirl Homecoming Tour. Everything worked out so well that we thought it would be nice to do something special for The BRIT Awards. We ran it by Derrick and the producers, and everyone was really pleased with the results."
Performers on the night using Sennheiser systems included Corinne Bailey Rae, The Scissor Sisters and the critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse who also picked up Best British Female Solo Artist. It is also a reflection of the quality and reliability of Sennheiser wireless that on both the Love and Hate Stages every act using IEMs chose the Sennheiser evolution 300 G2 Series.
Zieba commented: "The two stages this year meant that we were running duplicate mic and IEM rigs to the FOH desk, and despite this added complexity, all the Sennheiser gear performed absolutely flawlessly. IEM’s alone accounted for 40 out of the 100 channels in use, and thanks to Sennheiser’s co-operation, wireless stability was rock solid. Yet again, it was a testament to Sennheiser equipment and their superb technical support throughout the show."
The show was also the BRITS debut for three Sennheiser NET 1 Wireless Network Systems, each acting as a hub for Sennheiser’s multi-wireless systems. The NET 1 intelligently co-ordinates and automatically configures frequencies for all connected components and portable units through wireless sync on the front panel. The unit offers frequency scanning and automatic frequency coordination for all connected components, with wireless synchronisation to transmitters and IEM receivers from the front panel, and real-time monitoring of frequencies, RF level, AF level and battery telemetry.
Also featuring for the first time at the show was Sennheiser’s new A5000-CP circular polarized antenna. Unlike conventional helical antennas, most of which have a much narrower bandwidth, the A5000-CP covers the entire UHF range from 450 to 960 MHz. Designed for the toughest transmission conditions, the circularly polarized A5000-CP can be used as both a transmit and receive device, making it ideal for radio microphones and in-ear systems.
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