Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Venue Sound Systems Go Hi-Fi and High-Dollar

The most famous moment for a sports-venue PA system came about on July 4, 1939, when the Yankees’ Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, made his famous farewell speech after the fatal neuromuscular disease ALS had ended his career. It’s tribute to that 70-year-old technology that the emotion of Gehrig’s words came through as clearly as they […]  More

Audio Adjustments Help College Football Score in Yankee Stadium

They call it Yankee Stadium, but, sound-wise, it’s proving to be a darn good multi-use arena. Jay-Z and Eminem broke it in for music in September (coincidentally, I flew over the show on approach to LaGuardia that evening, and the camera flashes made it sparkle like a jewel), and, on Saturday Nov. 20, it debuted […]  More

Bodypack Transmitters: A Roundup of Current Offerings

Winding up this month’s coverage of RF bodypack audio transmitters, here’s a look at some available models and their features. Audio-Technica The AEW-T1000a UniPak bodypack transmitter features an LCD display, soft-touch controls, and field-replaceable helical and flexible-wire antennas. It has a four-pin locking connector and offers both low- and high-impedance inputs plus a bias connection, […]  More

Full Sail, ESPN Make It Official, Open Joint-Venture Sports Lab

The unique relationship between Disney-owned ESPN and the Orlando-area Full Sail University campus has produced some interesting collaborations between the sports network and the school. Disney’s theme parks and other media operations have been a regular source of internships and employment over the years for Full Sail’s students and graduates at sports-broadcast entities, including NASCAR, […]  More

Wireless Bodypacks: As Small as They Can Go — for Now

Wireless microphone bodypacks are reaching their size limits, which are now constrained mainly by the size of the alkaline and lithium batteries that most use. The reliability and availability of these standard types of batteries makes broadcasters reluctant to move to the non-standard and rechargeable battery types that many videocam operators now take for granted. […]  More

Full Sail Degree To Integrate AV and Media/Marketing for Sports

A number of media-technology academies have instituted sports-broadcasting AV programs, but the online degree program announced this week by Full Sail University will integrate technical AV education with a marketing and media curriculum aimed specifically at the sports industry. Think Jerry McGuire with a headset and an iPad loaded with PowerPoint and connected to Facebook. […]  More

Panels at AES Show Have Decidedly Broadcast Bent

This year’s AES Show (Nov. 4-7, San Francisco)  had a stronger than usual broadcast-audio component to its conference side, and it covered a lot of ground. The session titled Broadcast Facility Design looked at, among other things, the new ESPN broadcast facility at the LA Live complex in downtown Los Angeles. After an opening by panel […]  More

AES Broadens Its Reach to Broadcast

This year’s AES has a bigger broadcast footprint than usual, a function of the organization’s push to expand its constituency beyond its traditional core of music recording, mixing, and mastering studio facilities as the record business continues to falter. And given some of the new gear being trotted out there, you could say it’s working. […]  More

And Which One Is the Quarterback?

The San Francisco 49ers took on (and beat, 24-16) the Denver Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium on Halloween, and the sound mixers got a bit of both tricks and treats. Though the third time for CBS and the NFL in London,  it was the first time for A1 Kevin Little, who found the game fairly […]  More

NCP-14 Embraces Next-Generation Audio

New Century Productions’ latest truck, NCP-14, takes a different approach to audio-signal routing and control. NCP Director of Engineering Mike Mundt describes it as a “deeper dive into the MADI pool.” Typically, a remote-broadcast truck’s audio could have hundreds of point-to-point connections in its signal-path design, which increase nearly exponentially with the increase in audio […]  More