Sennheiser hosted a training event in Dubai this month, where MENA broadcasters were given a first look at some of the products being developed by the company’s professional division. A special session was conducted by Peter Claussen, Sennheiser’s COO for the Professional Audio Division.
Commenting on the event, Ryan Burr, Head of Technical Sales & Application Engineering, Professional Audio at Sennheiser Middle East said: “Across demographics in the Middle East, the appetite for high-quality content is growing, placing broadcasters under increasing pressure. With turnaround times for the creation and distribution of compelling content constantly shrinking, it is imperative that they have the right expertise and solutions. Sennheiser is committed to advancing the industry from both a knowledge as well as a technical standpoint”.
A key concern that was raised at the event was the shrinking of the spectrum allocated for the Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) industry. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE addressed these concerns by outlining the provisions of its radio frequency (RF) spectrum authorization policy to ensure smooth operation of broadcast systems. TRA also provided a demonstration of its interactive National Frequency Plan that was well received by attendees.
As part of its Hands-On Training Day, Sennheiser provided attendees with detailed overviews of the company’s recent additions. These were grouped into three categories, catering to the specific requirements of each segment of the industry – in the studio, on the radio, and out in the field.
Sennheiser’s model TV studio control room featured its Digital 9000, Digital 6000, 3000/5000 Series and EW-500 G4 microphone systems running through a mixing console onto a pair of Neumann KH-310 studio monitors. Attendees were presented with demonstrations highlighting the capabilities of each system. This was followed by an in-depth tutorial on the Wireless Systems Manager, Sennheiser’s professional software solution for remotely monitoring and coordinating the frequencies of wireless microphones and monitors.
To stimulate the setup for radio broadcasts, Sennheiser presented a comprehensive line-up of Neumann microphones, including the BCM-104 and BCM-705 radio studio mics. These were fed into a mixing console and onto headphones and headsets from Sennheiser’s professional range, including the HD-26 and the new HD 300 PRO.
For its outdoor broadcast setup, Sennheiser used an ENG camera with the EK-6042 true diversity two channel receiver plugged into its receiver slot. The EK-6042 was then synchronized with several transmitter/mic combos including the MKH-8060 and 8070 shotgun ranges and the SKP-500 G4 plug-on transmitter mic.
“Given the calibre of the attendees, we were keen for them to experience the live stations with complete freedom. There were high levels of enthusiasm as they explored the features and capabilities of our solutions, especially when these exceeded their expectations,” said Burr.