Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Live From Daytona 500: Fox Sports Stresses Audio From the Loudest Sport on Earth

The Daytona 500 hits the track on Sunday, four years after the opening of Daytona Rising, NASCAR’s $400 million reimagining of what a stock-car racing venue can look like. When the fans aren’t in the Daytona International Speedway’s 101,500 seats, they can enjoy a level of fan engagement that Fireball Roberts and Junior Johnson never […]  More

Audio-Technica Extends 600 MHz Rebate Program

Audio-Technica has extended its existing trade-in program for 600 MHz wireless systems through July 13. This initiative was designed to provide options for end users as the industry transitions away from wireless systems operating in the 600 MHz band (614-698 MHz), a move mandated by law as a result of the ongoing FCC wireless-spectrum reallocation. […]  More

Tech Focus: Intercoms, Part 1 — IP Boosts Economics, Efficiency, Accessibility

The shift to IP-based intercom-signal transport and management has become more pronounced over the past year. The move reflects advances in network technologies in terms of bandwidth, reliability, and their increased application to broadcast systems and uses. However, like just about everything else, it’s also a function of money: using IT services saves costs and […]  More

Venues Tackle Sound in Upper-Deck Seating

For decades, the upper-deck seating areas of sports venues were denigrated as cheap-seat, nose-bleed territory for budget-conscious fans who would duck the ushers and migrate to better seats as soon as the score got too lopsided (or in Chavez Ravine, the 6th inning). Today, with the venues serving as places for concert touring, political rallies, […]  More

Live From Super Bowl LIV: Halftime Show Is All About That Bass

The halftime show at Super Bowl LIV at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium this Sunday will mark the first collaboration between the NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Performers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were chosen in part to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, but Mr. Carter’s affinity for urban-music genres will be well-represented in […]  More

Pro Audio at NAMM Show Targets Sports-Venue Needs

Music and sports have been intertwined since “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was new on the charts in 1908. The recently concluded NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, is focused squarely on the former but has more than a few implications for the latter when it comes to the sound systems that sports venues have […]  More

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