In this series of articles, we will explain broadcasting for IT engineers. Television is an illusion, there are no moving pictures and todays broadcast formats are heavily dependent on decisions engineers made in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and in this article, we investigate microphones and how they are used in tel
Much is written about expensive microphones that either emulate classic models or do one specific task very well. For most small studios, however, it is more important to choose cost-effective microphones that can handle most situations. Here are some suggested choices.
In its 62-year history the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) has gone through several major technological broadcast developments: colour TV, stereo and then 5.1 sound, with, most recently, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) implementing its Flex IP-hybrid self-managed digital transmission system to distribute the event in 2016. The innovation for this year’s
Microphones — depending on the owner — either are treated gently or with abuse. This treatment often extends to how the microphone is used. There is a big difference between shouting mindlessly into a dynamic mic in a small club and recording pristine audio in a studio. Here are some tips on how
“Everything is software today,” said the marketer. “That’s the problem,” said the engineer.
While every broadcast engineer has some story about crashing software, data leaks, and duct-tape solutions, today’s nascent software industry might be compared to the embryonic industry of plastics as described in the 1967 movie “The Graduate.” The hit movie s
Since the beginning of pro audio, connoisseurs of classic microphones have invested in rare, aging instruments that are said to bring a certain magical quality to the sound. Since many of these vintage mics are quite old, they incur an increasingly high level of costly maintenance. Most of the rest
‘Legendary’ is an overused word. It is also often misused, when people mean something or someone that was prominent or achieved much in the past is missed or fondly remembered. But sometimes it does fit, even when talking about microphones. In the first of an ongoing series we look at
Rehearsals are already underway in Lisbon for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The competition itself, claimed to be the biggest live music event in the world, will take place in May, with a full broadcast production by Portuguese public broadcaster RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal). Performers will use S
Heil Sound introduced the PR 77D, a large-diaphragm microphone designed to provide focused directionality, full-range response and a vintage appearance for use in broadcast, podcast, recording and live stage applications.