A microphone splitter is an item in the sound engineer’s kit that is appreciated only when it is needed. But when a microphone must be simultaneously fed to a second mixer, a professional-quality splitter is worth its weight in gold.
On occasion, broadcasters must do remote projects that require both over-the-air and live amplified sound simultaneously. In these cases, doing a good job with both is as much an art as science. Here are some guidelines to consider when faced with such a project.
Every year the NFL Super Bowl creates a level of excitement uncommon for most sporting events and this year’s event was no exception. The broadcast provided viewers with a dazzling Lady Gaga half-time show and the stunning and record-breaking, come from behind 34 – 28 win by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
It has long been an open secret in video production: great sound is far more important than the quality of the images. Surround, or even stereo audio, can dramatically improve an average quality picture on virtually any kind of programming — from news and documentary to feature films.
Any Super Bowl TV audio production is a big undertaking. After all, it comprises three distinct parts: the game itself, with sound effects from the field and the crowd as well as commentary; the presentation for the entire broadcast, including the pre-game; and the musical and staging extravaganza that is the Half-Time Show. Super Bowl LI was no exception. More than 100 microphones of varying types captured the drama of the New England Patriot’s comeback, while Lady Gaga’s tightly drilled performance featured mic changes to match her change of costume.
When recording live audio with a dynamic microphone, a good recordist may want to know what is the maximum sound pressure level that mic can handle without distorting. As with many such seemingly basic questions in audio, the answer is not so simple.