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New wireless approach for Britain’s Got Talent

The search for a new entertainment star relies on a large amount of radio mic technology, which requires careful planning.

The search for a new entertainment star relies on a large amount of radio mic and IEM technology, which requires careful planning. Rental company Presteigne Broadcast Hire supplied in the region of 55 wireless microphone systems for the audition phases of ITV’s audience grabbing show Britain’s Got Talent, which is due back for its 2014 run in the spring.

The Sennheiser 5000 and 3000 series transmitters, arrived back at the company’s headquarters in Crawley this week.

Presteigne Broadcast, formerly known as Presteigne Charter, has worked on BGT for the last three years, with staff who have experience of the early days of reality TV in the UK going back to the first series of Big Brother.

Audio systems engineer David Handley says the BGT production has “got bigger every year” but that, due to recent changes in frequency allocation, “it can’t get much bigger”.
Handley explains that the audition recordings used spectrum from channel 30 to channel 60, with Sennheiser wireless management software to fix the input settings on the receivers so that all equipment was properly set up for each venue.

An antenna combining system was used, along with approximately 20 Wisycom MCR42 dual receivers (pictured), which Presteigne has recently added to its stock from distributor Raycom. Microphones are a mixture of DPA lavaliers and Sennheiser handhelds.