who super bowl performance equipment details
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Mon Feb 15 07:05:23 UTC 2010
A big part of the Super Bowl telecast is the halftime show, which has
become a major production in its own right, with the biggest names in music
performing their hits live on a gigantic yet temporary stage.
“It’s really an incredible production,” says Simon Higgs, Monitor Engineer
for The Who. “I mean, what’s really amazing is the stage set-up, which has
to be put in place and assembled in minutes. And, everything working on the
first go – sound, lights, and pyro. That’s quite a show in itself.”
Among the iconic images in rock history are lead singer Roger Daltrey
swinging his Shure SM58 like a lariat, and guitarist Pete Townshend’s windmill
“The Who have worked with Shure microphones for over 40 years,” notes Bob
Pridden, the band’s audio consultant/producer. “Getting ready for the Super
Bowl, one thing I knew I could count on was that Shure wouldn’t let me down
on Sunday night.”
In addition to a full stage of Shure microphones, The Who used four
channels of the new PSM 900 personal monitor system in their performance.
Lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Simon Townshend, and drummer Zak
Starkey, along with Monitor Engineer Higgs, used the PSM 900.
“We had the chance to try PSM 900 prototypes on the (autumn 2009) Daltrey
tour,” notes Higgs. “Roger and I both think they sound incredible, and they
have been absolutely flawless for us. So we were keen to use them for the
Long-time Super Bowl audio vendor ATK Audiotek was again present to support
the audio mission, with James Stoffo serving as Entertainment RF Engineer
and Thomas Pesa to handle the monitor system design.
“Normally, I would be quite hesitant to use any new product at an event
like the Super Bowl,” says Pesa. “But the band really wanted to use them, so
we gave it a try in rehearsals and found it to be rock solid. And since we
had on-site technical support from Shure and James Stoffo, we went with the
band’s request. And I’m happy to say everything went off without a hitch.”
Out of more than 1,000 total wireless frequencies being coordinated by the
NFL, Stoffo was responsible for around 100 intercom, microphone, and in-ear
channels being used by the musical acts and their support.
“This was my first time using the PSM 900 at a major event, and it
performed flawlessly,” he notes. “I’d be happy to see this system on any of my
shows as the go-to in-ear system.
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