Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

NBC Sports Audio Team Battles Elements at Kentucky Derby

Abbott & Costello made plenty of hay with their “mudder and fodder” routine, but we can forgive the folks at Churchill Downs if they weren’t laughing last Saturday when record rains inundated the track hours before the start of the Kentucky Derby. NBC Sports audio mixer Peteris Saltans was busy making sure his crew of […]  More

Yankee Stadium Sound Is Simplified, Flexible

When the YES Network moved into its new digs at Yankee Stadium 2.0 last year, it left a lot of baggage behind at the old facility. Most of it was decades’ worth of audio technology, with various eras overlaid like some kind of high-tech archeological dig. “Every time a new broadcaster would come in, they’d […]  More

Postcard From NAB: Audio Offerings

Despite a still-questionable economy, NAB isn’t lacking at all in either attendance or exhibits. That applies in particular to the audio component, largely centered in the sprawling Central Hall. Significant outposts can be found in the bi-level South Hall, far enough away to need its own ZIP code, but the expenditure of shoe leather to […]  More

Audio Acquisitions Make Noise at NAB

Avid’s acquisition of Euphonix comes amid a flurry of  acquisitions in the audio sector of broadcast, including HME’s of Clear-Com Communications barely a week earlier and Behringer’s of Midas/Klark Teknik last month. Needless to say, there was plenty of armchair parsing of Avid’s intentions, ranging from increasing market share, particularly in the film-sound domain, to […]  More

Sixers’ Point Guard Is Wired for Sound

Viewers of the April 6 NBA matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons were able to get up close and personal with rookie 76er Jrue Holiday. The league’s youngest player (he’s the first NBA player born in the 1990s) was hooked up with a Sennheiser wireless system, making him also the first NBA […]  More

Wrestlemania Returns With More Microphones, More Crew, More Effects

Wrestlemania 26 body-slams its way back via a live satellite and cable PPV broadcast on March 28 from the University of Phoenix’s stadium in suburban Glendale, AZ. Wrestlemania is one of the few singular sports-broadcast events not in surround sound (although the DVD and Blu-ray versions are posted in 5.1), but it’s so raucous and […]  More

Sports Venues Turn to Acoustical Products for Improved Sound Control

Acoustical-treatment products have proliferated in recent years, and there’s plenty of off-the-shelf stuff to improve the sound of the living room 5.1 system. But, with sports venues housing a growing variety of events, a niche industry has emerged to vastly increase the scale of sound control. The most widely used single product is likely MBI […]  More

Vroom! NASCAR Audio Has Its Own Sound

The sound for NASCAR, whose season kicked off a couple of weeks ago at Daytona, FL, remains in matrixed surround this year. But ESPN mixer Denis Ryan still has plenty of ways to put viewers in the driver’s seat. He has set up a combination of “approach” and “leave” microphones in front of and behind […]  More

Audio Techniques Continue To Evolve

With sports-production departments under increasing pressure to do more with less, audio in particular is vulnerable to penny-pinching. So it’s not surprising that network audio departments now have a renewed emphasis on technique. CBS Director of Engineering for Sports Bruce Goldfeder took the opportunity at the Super Bowl to gather many of his A1s together […]  More

Venue Acoustical Design Comes Into Its Own

The rise of acoustical design as a major component of sports-venue design is like many other aspects of life in the 21st century: a function of money. As the price tag for new stadiums and arenas went up, especially with much of the NFL and MLB replacing facility infrastructure over the past decade, the costs […]  More