In a recent expansion of Mecca’s Masjid Al Haram, the Holy Mosque and its associated elements were upgraded. A part of this project has been the complete upgrade of the Mecca Mokabariah facility’s microphones to the latest digital models from Sennheiser. These microphones are being used at all prayer locations around the Kaaba, and in the Mokabariah […]
In a recent expansion of Mecca’s Masjid Al Haram, the Holy Mosque and its associated elements were upgraded. A part of this project has been the complete upgrade of the Mecca Mokabariah facility’s microphones to the latest digital models from Sennheiser. These microphones are being used at all prayer locations around the Kaaba, and in the Mokabariah studios from where all audio content and prayers originating from Mecca are broadcast across the world.
The major advantage of the upgrade has been that though on-going construction relating to the expansion has required shifting of the microphones to locations that are large distances away from the studios, the quality and signal purity remains unaffected as it is now captured digitally. The new system also provides the flexibility of utilizing analogue microphones with the same microphone head.
The installation was undertaken by First Gulf Company (FGC) in collaboration with the Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and was carried out with the objective of improving speech intelligibility and providing the highest quality of audio across the holy site.
Orlando Castro, Director of Engineering and Pre-Sales at FGC said: Daily prayers held at Masjid Al Haram are heard by thousands of Muslims within the mosque and by millions across the world. It was therefore imperative for us to provide the very best audio clarity and the new installation enables exactly this.
The decision to select Sennheiser’s digital microphones for the project was based on FGC’s long standing relationship with the brand.
Through years of experience and practical application, we have found that Sennheiser’s audio solutions meet and exceed the quality, reliability and durability standards demanded by the broadcast industry, said Mr. Castro. SBC shared this trust in the brand and found the microphones to be fit-for-purpose.
FGC and SBC have utilised Sennheiser’s MKH 8040 cardioid microphones paired with MZD 8000 digital modules to deliver clear, warm, and vivid digitally converted sound. In order to take full advantage of all of the capabilities of these digital format microphones, a Neumann DMI-8 has been deployed giving the team the ability to power and centrally control the gain of the microphones remotely while encoding embedded data within their signals.
FGC will now work together with Sennheiser to deliver comprehensive systems trainings that will enable the team at Masjid AHaram to utilize the new system to its utmost potential.