The HBO open signal presentation of "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" served as the nation's televised kick-off of the 56th Presidential Inauguration.
Captured live at the National Mall, the event drew hundreds of thousands to see and hear a stellar lineup of talent, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, U2, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
Sound reinforcement for the concert was courtesy of Clair Global and was mixed-for-air by television production mixer Ed Greene. Wireless chosen for the event included 16-channels of Shure UR4D systems, using various combinations of bodypack and handheld transmitters, many of which sported SM58 capsules.
The Shure UR4D systems are available from Jands . The Clair system used a combination of the Lititz, i5 and i3 enclosures in the main PA and delay towers.
With video support travelling the entire distance, Clair RF systems engineer Kevin Kapler worked with wireless frequencies on-site, while Ralph Mastrangelo and Mike Wolf shared supervising duties, and Robert Kosloskie stepped-in as crew chief.
According to Ralph Mastrangelo, the Shure wireless systems gave them a wider palette of frequencies to choose from, and that translated into more freedom in terms of locating the best channels of operation.