Doug Deems had 25 years of experience under his belt as a monitor engineer, touring the world with some of the biggest music artists in the U.S., when he became a live broadcast sports A1. “I’m surprised there aren’t more monitor engineers, specifically, that come over to broadcast sports,” he says. “Because there is a lot in common.”
Having looked at how microphones are supposed to work, here we see that what happens in practice isn’t quite the same because the ideal and the actual are somewhat different.
There are two approaches to digital filtering. One is to implement the impulse response directly. The other is to use recursion. Here we look at the direct implementation.
Dialogue is king in television. Let’s face it, you don’t watch an episode of your favorite police procedural or reality show just to listen to the sound design or the incidental music. But whether the content is scripted or unscripted, delivering intelligible dialogue can be a real challenge for the show’s mixer.
When televised sports events began to return after the initial coronavirus lockdown in 2020, U.S. broadcasters faced a dilemma. With no spectators in attendance, what do you do about the lack of crowd noise? This is the fascinating story of how a team of award-winning creative audio engineers set about manually re-creating the right atmosphere.
The variable directivity microphone is very popular for studio work. What goes on inside is very clever and not widely appreciated.
Digital filters are ubiquitous. That has happened because they have significant advantages over the technology they widely replaced.
Sitting at home watching the Olympics 400m Women’s hurdles final live on NBC’s 4K HDR channel, home audiences were captivated by the sweat and effort displayed on screen with immersive sound of the runners’ feet hitting the track. Viewers thousands of miles away could be excused for thinking they had the best seat in the Japan National Stadium. The live 4K HDR broadcast of NBC’s primetime show throughout the Games were an extrasensory experience unlike any previous Olympics telecasts.