Drake conquers Dubai concert with Sennheiser Digital 9000

Delta Sound supplied Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 wireless system for Drake’s recent debut concert in the Middle East.

The system was used for all hand held microphones at the show for over 16,000 fans at Dubai International Stadium on 14 March 2015. International superstars performing to sell out audiences has become a regular feature in the region and Delta Sound has played a lead role in providing equipment for many of these concerts.

“Having Sennheiser in the region is an absolute bonus for Delta Sound,” said Al Woods, director of engineering for Delta Sound. “As an extensive rental stockist of Sennheiser’s RF and cabled products, it’s really important for us to be able to offer a service that includes the high end systems. When Drake specified the Digital 9000 system for the Stadium show in Dubai, Sennheiser stepped up to the plate.”

The culmination of a ten-year R&D effort, Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 is an all-digital wireless system that promises the transmission of completely uncompressed audio, artefact and with superb dynamics. Designed for broadcasting professionals, musical theatres and high-profile live audio events, the system has been tuned for the highest channel counts and operation in dense frequency environments. Infrared synchronisation between receivers and transmitters greatly aids setting up of the system.

Commenting on the performance of the Digital 9000, Woods said: “Its not always easy with such high SPL band levels both onstage monitoring and out front PA levels. For Drake the sonic quality of the vocals were absolutely full range. With PA, one normally puts up with the inputs that are available, not knowing the weak link, mix engineer, PA set up and the signal path. On this occasion it was easy to realise how transparent it can be with a full range, digital vocal reproduction. A testament to the capsule rejection and the true reproduction of the 9000 series.”