Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

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

Surround Microphones: More Mobile, More Capable

The difference between now and a year ago in 5.1 surround sound can be simply stated: more. As it becomes the norm for more and more sports broadcasts, the transducers that capture that sound will have to be more mobile and more capable. That’s just what this year’s class of surround microphones is doing. DPA […]  More

Surround Microphones Move Into the Foreground

With 5.1 surround sound the de facto standard for sports broadcasting, single-point surround microphones — once considered specialty microphones — are becoming ubiquitous. “We’re seeing more use of surround microphones, but it also depends on the sport,” says Bruce Meyers, president of DPA Microphones U.S. The company’s 5100 Mobile Surround microphone has been used in […]  More

Audio Team Aims for Nuances During League Championships

Baseball fans watching the National League Championship on Fox will hear a bit more detail as mixer Joe Carpenter and submixer Bob Qua, working out of the NCP 10 and Game Creek Dynasty trucks, build a denser soundscape for the series. “One thing we want to do this year is hear things from the field […]  More

Demand Grows for Mics Up Close to the Action

The hubbub around the repositioning of the NFL umpire and the concomitant loss of a microphone close to the line of scrimmage has put the notion of wiring athletes for sound on the front burner like never before. The trend has penetrated most major-league sports to some extent; the variables include sanctioning of the practice […]  More

ESPN Keeps MNF Discrete 5.1 Surround Intact From Field to Home

ESPN/ABC is into the third week of keeping discrete 5.1 sound for Monday Night Football broadcasts intact from the field to its Bristol, CT, plant and from there to viewers’ homes. The DTS-encoded surround sound is embedded in a pair of eight-channel transmissions sent with video from the venue. The same transmission path also has […]  More

FCC To Decide on White Spaces Rules This Week

On Sept. 23, the FCC will vote on revised rules for the use of newly available spectrum between digital television channels, known as White Spaces. Backers of the use of the White Spaces for mobile consumer devices — notably Microsoft, Google, Dell, and other software and hardware suppliers — tout future uses of this spectrum […]  More

New NFL Field Mic Still a Work in Progress

Viewers have now had several chances to experience the NFL’s newest microphone. More precisely, it’s a pair of wireless lavalier transducers that replace the single mic previously worn by the umpire, who this season was moved out of harm’s way, farther back from the line of scrimmage. However, the decision whether to make the signal […]  More

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