The Sennheiser UK team will once again be on site at this year’s V Festival to lend a hand in any way they can.
Featuring sets by Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Plan B and Rihanna, V will propose a variety of challenges for the team. In an exclusive interview with Audio Pro, Sennheiser UK artist relations manager Mark Saunders explains: “Last year in Hyde Park and at V North we provided full blown support and at both sites dealt with everything from the small end of the scale – broken cables, missing clips, and so on – up to replacing antennas and having to get the soldering iron out to physically re-wire things.
“Radio mic interference is one of the major issues of what we have to deal with at any outdoor gig or event,” says Saunders. “While we supply any equipment for support in a way that means it should happily run interference-free within its own set-up, there will normally be a lot more RF equipment in use in other parts of the site, with other acts or live sound hire companies.
“We normally work with the radio microphones, wired microphones and in-ear monitoring, plus all of the associated systems and gear that make them work as a whole, but having a soldering iron and scopes on site means that we can basically opera on anything if needed. We do this because we’re not just box shifters; it’s the support on top of the product. We always do all we can to be there and support on top of the product.
"This can include anything from on-site repairs, frequency planning, liaising between Sennheiser engineers and hire companies/productions before the events to ensure the correct Sennheiser spec’d mics are available, licensing information and help, RF system support and the like.
Saunders explains that their services quit often extend beyond their gear: “We have repaired non-Sennheiser equipment on site when it meant that we could be of use to someone, somewhere.”
Read the full feature in the May issue of Audio Pro International.