AKG Acoustics customer support manager Reimar Fochler at the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.
Frankfurt-based Sirius Showequipment AG was contracted to provide sound reinforcement services for the June 9 opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany at Munich’s Allianz Arena Stadium. Sirius Showequipment, in conjunction with regional sound company Crystal Sound, chose a 48-channel AKG WMS 4000 wireless microphone system to support the full spectrum of musical guests from traditional Bavarian folk performances to contemporary hip hop and rap artists.
“In a situation like this where the world is watching, there can be no room for error,” said Sirius’ Wolfgang “Schabbach” Neumann, audio crew chief for the event. “From top to bottom, we needed a reliable sound system to successfully execute the event.”
The WMS 4000 system operates in six 30MHz UHF bands with 1,200 frequencies in each band, offers up to 56 channels simultaneously in a band-mix, and has a full 35 to 20,000 Hz frequency response—all combining to create a reliable and flexible system that can deliver true “hard-wired” sound for an event of this nature.
“We were quite pleased with the performance of the AKG WMS 4000 system. In fact, after our positive experience at the opening ceremony, we have ordered additional units in support of upcoming events,” said Neumann.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup wraps up on July 9 in Berlin.