Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System Shines in Cross-Genre Collaboration with Beyoncé and Dixie Chicks During 50th CMA Awards

Nashville, TN – At the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2, Beyoncé gracefully crossed over into the world of country music, delivering the marquee performance of the night while being supported by Sennheiser’s** Digital 9000 wireless microphone system.

Nashville, TN – At the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2, Beyoncé gracefully crossed over into the world of country music, delivering the marquee performance of the night while being supported by Sennheiser’s** Digital 9000 wireless microphone system.

In a harmony-filled performance of ‘Daddy Lessons’ that saw the pop superstar joined onstage alongside Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé once again demonstrated her incredible versatility as an artist before a capacity crowd of approximately 20,000 country music fans and 12.6 million viewers across the country. The occasion marked Beyoncé’s first appearance on the CMA Award stage, featuring flawless audio quality from Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 wireless system.

“It was our first time with Beyoncé on the CMA Awards, and it was thrilling to have her perform with Dixie Chicks amidst the advanced technology we brought into the picture — particularly the Digital 9000,” said James Berry, Monitor Engineer for Beyoncé. “What we really love about that system is the consistency and sound quality. There is nothing in the world like it, and it sounds like there is a cable on the other end of that mic.”

Having toured extensively over the last year with the system, Beyoncé‘s production team have become intimately familiar with the Digital 9000, and Berry has also been pleased with the results as well as with the support he is getting from Sennheiser. Beyoncé has since purchased her own Digital 9000 system, so the crew can achieve greater predictability while on the road: “There are a lot of places we play that don’t have top quality wireless, and it made the most sense for us to go out and buy one.”

Digital 9000: perfect sound across the board
“As a last minute creative decision for the performance, we decided to put Natalie [Mains] of the Dixie Chicks on a wireless as well and opted to put her on the Digital 9000,” said Stephen Curtin, FOH Engineer for Beyoncé. “Everybody was happy with the decision and immediately impressed with the results.”

Of the eight available channels on the Digital 9000 receiver, two were reserved for Beyoncé (one as a backup channel), who sang through her SKM 9000 handheld transmitter and MD 9235 dynamic microphone capsule. Meantime, Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Mains also sang through an SKM 9000/MD 9235 combination. Other channels were used for a marching drum and harmonica. Berry notes that it was the first time they had used the Digital 9000 on stage instruments, and he was impressed with the results: “It gave the harmonica that true warm feeling that you don’t normally get while using wireless systems. This was also true with the marching drum, where it captured all the dynamics you would expect.”

Of course, the primary task and expectation of the Digital 9000 is to capture every nuance of Beyoncé’s incredible vocal capabilities, says Stephen Curtin: “The overall presence of the 9000 is great. She can be singing extremely quiet, yet you still get the same great sound out of the system as when she is really belting it out. It does a fabulous job of capturing the dynamics.”

“Because the system has such a vast dynamic range, it helps at FOH and broadcast, because you don’t have to do as much with it. You have this full spectrum of frequencies to work with, whereas before on a lot of other wireless equipment, you have to add and take out elements in different frequencies,” he adds.

The CMA Awards: a tradition of high expectations
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, hosting the awards ceremony for the ninth time, once again used Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitters coupled with Neumann KK 104 and KK 105 cardioid and super-cardioid condenser capsules as host microphones for the duration of the evening. Two Neumann TLM 49 large-diaphragm condenser microphones were also used throughout the evening for both live and pre-recorded announcer voice-overs.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees The Oak Ridge Boys, relying on Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 capsule combinations, were joined by Brad Paisley onstage for an impromptu acoustic performance of the country classic ‘Elvira’. Other performers singing through Sennheiser and Neumann over the course of the evening included Carrie Underwood, whose backing vocals were crooned through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld wireless transmitter coupled with an MD 5235 capsule, and Reba McEntire, whose band performed a ‘9-5’ tribute to Dolly Parton singing through Neumann KK 104 capsules.

“It was exciting to see Sennheiser and Neumann so well represented once again at the CMA Awards, particularly across such a diverse range of performers,” commented Byron Gaither, Artist Relations for Sennheiser. “The reliability and sonic attributes of the equipment — from the Sennheiser Digital 9000 to the Neumann TLM 49 and everything in between — delivered the pristine quality that both our artists and music fans expect night after night.”

In an evening that demanded nothing less than perfection for country music’s biggest night, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 also delivered. “We were pleased with everything and Beyoncé was super happy after the performance,” concludes James Berry. “The Digital 9000 raised a lot of eyebrows, and some of the guest engineers were very interested in the system and kept asking us about it.”


Sennheiser Delivers Pristine and Reliable Audio as 49th Annual CMA Awards Reach 13 Million Viewers

November 24, 2015 · Nashville – At the 49th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 4, Sennheiser’s wireless systems and microphones were well represented among performers and presenters with 83 microphones in play during the evening. Miranda Lambert, who sang through her go-to Sennheiser SKM 2000/MMD 935-1 wireless transmitter and capsule combination, scooped up her sixth consecutive ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award.

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2017 Billboard Music Awards With Command Performance By Drake on New Digital 6000 Wireless System

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 6, 2017 – The T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas was packed during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, for a star-studded evening punctuated by riveting performances from the music industry’s top contemporary talent. Drake, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Céline Dion, Bruno Mars, and Nicki Minaj were among the artists to grace the stage with gripping renditions of their hits, all using Sennheiser wireless systems.

Sennheiser announces the Digital 6000 Series – an advanced wireless microphone system that excels in demanding productions

Old Lyme, Conn. – Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced a new addition to its Professional Wireless Range: The upcoming Digital 6000 Series of radio microphones will bring outstanding audio quality and rock-solid RF wireless transmission to demanding live productions. The series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the Digital 9000, Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless series. Comprising a two-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack and a handheld transmitter as well as a rack-mount 19” charging unit, the Digital 6000 Series will be available from March 2017.


May 23, 2017 – The Coachella Music and Arts Festival has become the most talked-about music festival of the year in recent times, and this year headliner Kendrick Lamar delivered an unforgettable performance to close out the dual-weekend extravaganza — leaving the 125,000 attendees of this year’s event with something to remember for years to come. Lamar and his team turned to a combination of Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 and new Digital 6000 wireless systems to transmit every syllable of his energetic and powerful set with clarity and unwavering reliability.