Uncompromising, digital transmission for a pure sound
Her tour has the highest possible production demands and there is simply no room for even the smallest of errors. The German equipment rental company Black Box Music from Berlin is responsible, providing a team of highly talented audio engineers who rely on equipment from Sennheiser. Adele and her three backup singers rely on Sennheiser's flagship microphone: the Digital 9000 system.
It is a microphone that works with uncompressed digital signal transmission for a pure, visionary sound free of intermodulation. Dave Bracey, the tour's front-of-house engineer, says: "This is the first time that Adele and we have used the Digital 9000." The singer used a variety of Sennheiser microphones during her last tour and tried out additional models for the current one. "After we listened to the 9000 during rehearsals, we knew we had the winner," Bracey says. "It was such a leap forward straight away that we knew it was the right choice."
Adele's concerts in North America have long since sold out and she'll be touring until the end of November - with the Digital 9000 in her hand. "The main thing is that there's no compression or expanding going on in the transmission stage. All of that messing with the signal that happened with analogue radio systems is just not there now. It used to be the case that the cable version of any system sounded better than the radio one. Now there is a radio system that sounds as good as, or better than any cable microphone I've ever heard," Bracey says.
His colleague, monitor engineer Joe Campbell, agrees. "The Digital 9000 sounds great. It's the best sounding radio mic we've ever used and, moreover, Adele likes it. She's got a very good ear and she really likes the 9000."