Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

NAMM Show Offers Vastly Expanded Education, Training Programs

If you were considering checking out some of the drums, guitars, keyboards, and other musical instruments that occupy most of the 1-million-plus sq. ft. of exhibit space at the Anaheim Convention Center during the annual NAMM Show, you may find yourself distracted by the hugely expanded professional-audio education and training programs scheduled for the event […]  More

Tech Focus: Wireless Bodypacks, Part 1 — Smaller, Tougher, Smarter

Wireless bodypacks have been getting smaller and tougher in recent years, in response to broadcast sports’ increased use of wireless sound from the field and on athletes. With mics routinely buried in the dirt around home plate and the pitcher’s mound or attached to NFL linemen, who repeatedly bring thousands of PSI to bear on […]  More

Tech Focus: Wireless Bodypacks, Part 2 — A Look at the Leading Transmitters

With RF bodypacks getting smaller, tougher, and smarter, audio transmitters offer a wide variety of features. Here’s a selection of some of the leading current models. Click here for Tech Focus: Wireless Bodypacks, Part 1 — Smaller, Tougher, Smarter Audio-Technica The ATW-T5201 bodypack transmitter features a rugged, ergonomic metal body, highly visible OLED screen, power/mute […]  More

College Football Playoff Preview: Big Sound For The Big Games

ESPN is gearing up for the sound of the College Football Playoff. Semifinals take place on Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl at State Farm/University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ — LSU vs Oklahoma) and at the Fiesta Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta — Ohio State vs. Clemson), culminating in the CFP National Championship game […]  More

Nexonic Rises From the Remnants of Audio-Technica’s Alteros

Audio-Technica quietly shuttered its three-year-old Alteros subsidiary in October. The company had been intended to develop alternative wireless-microphone products for applications including broadcast sports, and its flagship GTX 6.5-GHz Ultra Wide Band digital wireless microphone system is being used by ESPN and other broadcasters. A-T offered no explanation for the subsidiary’s closure other than a […]  More

Tech Focus: Immersive Sound, Part 3 — Multichannel Mics Find a Place in Sports Broadcasts

Once near novelties, dedicated surround microphones have become more common in the sports-broadcasting toolkit, as 5.1 becomes the native audio format for television networks. This category of multi-transducer mic has been used particularly for soccer, with its expansive pitch to cover. As the immersive-audio era edges closer, surround microphones will be increasingly important to sports […]  More