19 new Sennheiser RF experts go forth and prosper17 December 2014
A total of 19 Sennheiser employees have been awarded ‘RF Expert’ certificates after completing the headphone/microphone company’s wireless training courses.
The last of three on-site RF Expert sessions (see Sennheiser Sound Academy launches RF course) recently took place in Delhi, India, and since then “the new RF experts have been in action all over the world to provide support for Sennheiser customers and partners in their projects”, says the company.
“The system of extensive online training and close supervision by mentors combined with several weeks of on-site training has proven itself,” says Kirsten Wessendorf, manager of Sennheiser Sound Academy in Wedemark, Hanover.
Ryan Burr from Sennheiser Middle East provided support for his client Doummar Q2 Advanced Technology in planning the conference and entertainment facilities for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Doha, Qatar. This included carrying out a thorough analysis of the wireless conditions at the location, planning the conference/interpreting systems and the wireless microphone channels, coordinating all wireless frequencies and programming and testing the systems on site.
Burr says: “This project is simply gigantic. Five conference rooms are equipped with ADN-W wireless conference systems with a total of 380 delegate units, while a further six have SR 2020/HDE 2020 interpreting systems with a total of 4,000 receivers.
“150 channels of wireless microphones, mostly 5000/3000 systems, are used in the event venues. One room alone has 72 channels! It’s the largest single project that Sennheiser Middle East has ever worked on, and my further training as an RF expert came just at the right time for me.”
Vincent Tilgenkamp from Sennheiser Benelux, who was presented with an outstanding achievement award, also earned the right to call himself an RF expert. He recently worked on the hit TV show Utopia (Sennheiser Benelux makes Utopia a reality), for which he covered an area of 12,500m2 with a single rack of receivers and a number of antenna distribution combiners custom-built for the programme.
Tilgenkamp (pictured, second from left, with Eric Denise, global sales vice-president, APAC; Volker Schmitt, director, Product Lifecycle Management Professional; and his mentor, Sam Davison), too, has positive things to say about the RF Expert course: “I particularly liked the on-site training sessions where we had to solve tricky problems. Our mentors made a lot of effort to manipulate the equipment, introduce all sorts of RF interference and additionally put us under time pressure. For example, they would invite a big audience to a concert and ask us to get the band miced and the RF wireless systems running in virtually no time at all! In the end, of course, the audience was let in on time and enjoyed a top-quality gig.”