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GDMO goes wireless with Digital 6000

GDMO goes wireless with Digital 6000

GDMO goes wireless with Digital 6000


Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 solution has been installed as part of an upgrade to the conference hall at the Government of Dubai Media Office’s (GDMO) headquarters at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The new system provides the necessary wireless connectivity and audio quality required of the high-profile events held at the hall, which range from internal gatherings and workshops, to public talks and major press conferences.

A significant aspect of the install was GDMO’s decision to leverage networked audio. ‘Doing so has enabled us to significantly reduce the amount of cabling, simplify interconnectivity, maintenance and troubleshooting, and streamline our technical operations,’ explained Salem Belyouha, director of media services at GDMO.

With Yamaha and Sennheiser collaborating to enable seamless integration between the Yamaha CL and QL series consoles and the Sennheiser Digital 6000 earlier in the year, by choosing to leverage these two solutions, GDMO’s Engineering team has gained the ability to control several parameters of the wireless microphone system’s operating menu and also to monitor RF levels, gains and battery status of the wireless microphones all through the console itself.

A wireless solution was preferred due to the additional flexibility it offers, however as events held at the venue typically result in large numbers of mobile phones being used, it was also imperative that the system address the GDMO’s concerns regarding RF interference and noise.

The Digital 6000 enjoys the benefits of the Long Range mode of Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 system. By eliminating intermodulation, the system enables more channels to operate in less spectrum space, addressing the GDMO’s concerns regarding RF interference. Data security, another critical requirement of the media office is also addressed as the Digital 6000 features switchable AES 256 encryption.

Four EM 6000 Dante receivers form the backbone of a system that includes three SKM 6000 handheld microphones. Sennheiser customised these handhelds in the GDMO’s corporate colours and provided both a dynamic capsule in the form of the MD 9235 and also the pre-polarised condenser microphone capsule ME 9004, which features Sennheiser’s patent-pending shock mount inside the microphone head. The GDMO also selected Sennheiser’s ME 104 cardioid microphone capsule from the modular series of lapel microphones with five SK 6000 bodypack transmitters to provide the best feedback rejection and attenuation of room noise.

The GDMO also opted for Sennheiser’s latest charging solution, the 19-inch 1U L 6000 intelligent charging station. ‘Extensive details regarding temperature, remaining charging time, run times, charging cycles and battery quality can all be retrieved via the Wireless Systems Manager (WSM), our free of charge professional software solution that also allows the GDMO to remotely set up and coordinate the frequencies of their wireless microphones,’ explained Ryan Burr, head of technical sales and application engineering, system solutions at Sennheiser.

‘Our experience with the Sennheiser team has been fantastic,’ commented Belyouha.‘We have worked with them on numerous projects over the years and they have proven time and time again that we can rely on them to assist with the implementation of our projects with a high level of expertise and professionalism. They supported us long before we issued any formal RFQ, and long after the project was completed.’

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