Sennheiser Press Release
The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku will see Sennheiser providing wireless
microphones and monitoring for the 25th time
Wedemark, May 2012 – With its motto “Light Your Fire!”, the biggest live music
event in the world will be broadcast from Azerbaijan: the 2012 Eurovision Song
Contest is bound to captivate well over 100
million viewers on 26th May. The 57th
edition of the contest will also be an
anniversary for Sennheiser: it will be the
25th Song Contest to use the audio specialist’s wireless microphones and
monitoring systems. Sennheiser technicians are on hand in Baku to assist the
production team with their preparations.
The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, with host broadcaster Ictimai TV at
the helm, have placed their trust in experience. So Brainpool TV GmbH, which worked
with the German host broadcaster NDR to produce last year’s outstanding Song
Contest, will be producing and directing this year’s event too. Similarly, as in
Dusseldorf, Markus Müller of MM Communications will be supplying the wireless
equipment. He will work with a team of six
to look after the microphone and monitoring
requirements in Baku, supporting Florian
Kessler, the Head of Sound. Dr. Heinrich
Esser, President of the Professional Systems
Division at Sennheiser, said: “We are proud
that the organisers of the ESC have placed
their trust in our microphone technology
once again this year, and we are glad to be
working with Brainpool and Markus Müller.”
For the Eurovision Song Contest – with its
semi-finals on 22nd and 24th May and the
grand final on 26th May – more than 150
wireless microphone and monitoring links
will be operating in the newly-built Baku Crystal Hall. As well as the microphones for
the artists and presenters, this includes the microphones for the opening act and the
interval show, production microphones, microphones for the rehearsal room and
press conferences, and wireless monitoring systems for the artists, presenters and
technical crew.
The planning for the microphone and monitoring systems will be in the capable and
experienced hands of Markus Müller and his team; they will be assisted by two
Sennheiser RF experts, Klaus Willemsen and Gerhard Spyra. Markus Müller said: “A
live broadcast with 125 million viewers is an immense challenge: it counts on the
reliability both of the equipment and of the people behind the scenes. I am greatly
looking forward to Baku and the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest!“
Sennheiser equipment for the Eurovision Song Contest:
Microphones for contestants, other performers and presenters:
46 x SKM 5200-II hand-held transmitters with Neumann KK 104-S capsule heads
52 x SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters with 180 x HSP 4 headset microphones
each with EM 3732-II dual-channel receivers
7 x ASA 3000 antenna splitters
21 x evolution e 908 instrument microphones
Wireless monitoring for contestants, presenters and technicians:
25 x SR 2050 dual-channel transmitters
6 x AC 3200 II antenna combiners
197 x EK 2000 monitor receivers
400 x IE 60 in-ear headphones
Other rehearsal, production and event microphones:
22 x SKM 5200 hand-held transmitters (with EM 3732-II dual-channel receivers)
20 x SK 5212 bodypack transmitters (with EM 3732-II dual-channel receivers)
2 x camera systems with SK 50 pocket transmitters, MKE 1 clip-on microphones and
EK 3041 camera receivers
4 x camera systems with SKP 2000 plug-on transmitters and EK 2000 camera
12 x Neumann KMS 105 vocal microphones
12 x ME 36 gooseneck microphones with MZTX 31 PTT table stands
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 €468 million in 2010. 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
You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at
Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
Press & PR
Professional Systems
Stephanie Schmidt
Am Labor 1 • 30900 Wedemark (Germany)
Tel. +49 (5130) 600 - 275
Image caption:
Ell_and_Nikki.jpg: We will see last year’s winners, Ell and Nikki, again in Azerbaijan
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