Audio for the three-hour finale of "The Apprentice" was captured by Sennheiser wireless mics, fitted on the talent by Orlando, Fla.-based Masque Sound. Donald Trump and the two finalists were fitted with two Sennheiser MKE2 lavalier mics to eliminate the chance of failure, while the rest of the contenders had single MKE2 systems.
Other talent on the show included Regis Philbin and Carolyn Kepcher, both of whom used Neumann KK105-S mic capsules mated to Sennheiser 5000 Series transmitters. The show used a total of 37 live mics.
"They had full coverage of the stage and out into the audience - no hits, no dropouts, no rizz, everything sounded perfect," said James Stoffo of Professional Wireless/Masque Sound.
To ensure solid reception, Stoffo used helical antennas of his own design and custom low-noise, high-gain splitters with variable attenuation.