Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Audio Teams Look Forward to a Naturally Noisy NFL Season

01/10/2021

Audio Teams Look Forward to a Naturally Noisy NFL Season Both A1s and management welcome a return to the old' normal By Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:00 am

Print This Story | Subscribe

Story Highlights

The NFL is back, and the cheers you hear are real. That shift from prerecorded audience noise to the real thing is the main change in the sport's sound this season, and it's a welcome return.

It's great to hear the real thing again, says Phil Adler, who is entering his third decade of mixing NFL on CBS. I haven't changed how that sound is captured, though. When we were using prerecorded noise, I just subbed out my low crowd mics for the prerecord feed. Now I just put those low mics back in.

A1 Phil Adler notes the return of mixers to their usual locations in NFL stadiums.

There are other tweaks, with the effects of the pandemic still quite evident. For instance, for pre/postgame interviews, instead of CBS Sports sideline reporter Melanie Collins's moving her handheld back and forth, which would necessitate her standing close to her interview subject, there are two mics involved - for instance, a headset for the athlete postgame or a boom mic on the field pregame - to comply with COVID distancing protocols. On the other hand, mixers for the NFL's enhanced feed (the quarterback's line calls that the league's stadium mixer sends to network A1s) are back in their nearby locations in the stadiums, which Adler says adds to the renewed sense of normalcy this season.

Adler, who has worked with his submix partner, Gordon Gilliam, for most of the past 20 years, says the Game Creek Columbia mobile unit is also a work in progress.

It was pretty much where I'd left it at the end of last season, he explains. But, in the meantime, they had done some updates to the video router. It's my third year on this truck, and I'm still dialing it in.

A1 Dave Grundtvig The [venues] are full, and the fans are enthusiastic.

Dave Grundtvig, another A1 for NFL on CBS this season, notes that he didn't mix the sport last season but was deeply involved in building the infrastructure for the NBA's augmented-crowd-sound systems. This year's football audio will be refreshingly normal, he says.

That's a good word to use: normal, he adds. The [venues] are full, and the fans are enthusiastic. Week 1 was a good start for what we hope will be a very normal-sounding season.

Fox Ponders Other Ways To Capture Crowd Sound Fox Sports SVP, Field and Technical Operations, Michael Davies considers returning crowds a welcome addition to the NFL soundscape. Echoing what Fox Sports VP, Field Operations and Engineering, Kevin Callahan told SVG earlier - We really want to make sure that viewers at home are feeling that energy in the stands, so we're doing everything we can do to help our mixers - Davies notes that a number of tactics are under consideration, including dedicated crowd submixes, a technique the network has been testing but has not yet decided on (the network has experimented with a third mixer on some international soccer games as part of that process). Additional microphones might also be on the agenda, but he warns that they can be counterproductive, adding to an already complex sound mix. Fox will deploy at least four parabolics for each NFL game, six on the bigger games.

Fox Sports' Michael Davies: We are attempting to rebalance that three-legged stool, such that it conveys the excitement of the crowd, enhances the effects on the field, and does the announcers justice.

It's more about sound management than adding capture devices, Davies contends, comparing the broadcast-sports soundscape to a three-legged stool - crowd sound, field effects, and announcers - for which achieving a balance is broadcast-sports audio's holy grail. We are attempting to rebalance that three-legged stool, such that it conveys the excitement of the crowd, that it enhances the effects on the field, and it does the announcers justice in allowing them to not only be just over the game [but also] a part of the game and fighting against the crowd. I think any announcer would say it's part of their job. I think they like it. If it's an exciting play and they're yelling about it, they're fighting the crowd, and the crowd's loud. It's an exciting situation.

New Faces The post-pandemic broadcast-sports landscape has seen several changes in personnel behind the audio console. At Fox Sports, Jamie McCombs, who has mixed NFL, XFL, and other sports for the network, takes the seat this year as A-game A1, following Fred Aldous's retirement from active mixing (Aldous remains available on a consulting emeritus basis, says Davies). Citing other veterans on Fox's roster - including Shawn Peacock, Jamie McCombs, Jeff Cohen, Kevin McClosky, Tim Dunn, Mark Butler, and Joe Carpenter - who mix NFL and other sports, Davies notes that the broadcaster's talent pool is substantial. Via Home Run, Fox Sports' version of the REMI/at-home workflow, he adds, the broadcaster increasingly relies on studio-based audio mixers in its Charlotte, NC, and Los Angeles facilities.

One day, he says, they might be doing Iowa and the next day West Virginia, while never leaving the [studio]. Eighty percent of our college football at the moment is done this way, though all NFL [mixing] is still done onsite.

Fox Sports' Joe Carpenter notes a challenge this season: reduced sideline space will limit parab mics' ability to capture mid-field sound.

Fox Sports Senior Audio Mixer Joe Carpenter, who both mixes and supervises NFL audio, cites a new challenge this season. The league has widened the coaches' sideline boxes, which in turn has reduced the range of sideline personnel, including parabolic-
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2021/10/01/audio-teams-look-forward-to-a-n...
See more stories from svg

Most recent headlines

20/01/2022

What to Watch at the 2022 Festival: Films for the Filmmaker in All of Us

-- A still from Stranger Than Rotterdam With Sara Driver, by Lewie Kloster and Noah Kloster, a selection in the Shorts Program....

20/01/2022

Exertis Pro AV Is New Partner of Studio Network Solutions (SNS)

St. Louis, MO - January 20, 2022 - Exertis Pro AV is now expanding its portfolio in Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as in Liechtenstein, Poland, the Czech...

20/01/2022

Movie and Film Buff? Spotify's Listen If You Watch' Page Has the Perfect Podcast for You

The third season of the show you've been bingeing ends with a sudden cliff-h...

20/01/2022

Call Extension: Call for Documentary Project: We Choose Each Other has been extended to Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Call Extension: Call for Documentary Project: We Choose Each Other has been ex...

20/01/2022

NYP: Tegna Close to Equity Buy-Out

According to a report in the New York Post yesterday, station group Tegna is close to inking a $9 billion deal to be acquired by equity investors Standard Gener...

20/01/2022

Cobalt Digital Opens Office in China

CHAMPAIGN, IL Cobalt Digital has opened a Representative Office in China. Based in Beijing, the office is staffed by local sales and support professionals with ...

20/01/2022

Peacock Launches Local News Channels From NBC Owned TV Stations

NEW YORK NBCU's streaming service Peacock has dramatically expanded its local news coverage with the launch of new 24/7 local news channels from NBC owned t...

20/01/2022

U.S. Sales of VR/AR Gear More Than Doubled During 2021 Holidays

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. The virtual reality/augmented reality category of tech hardware and accessories had a very successful 2021 holiday period in the U.S. acco...

20/01/2022

Matrox Introduces ConvertIP Transmitters and Receivers

MONTREAL, Quebec Matrox Video has introduced the ConvertIP Series, a new family of standards-based IP devices that offers users a simplified approach to SMPTE S...

20/01/2022

Comcast Technology Solutions Launches VideoAI

DENVER At a time when companies are looking for ways to quickly deploy new video services, Comcast Technology Solutions has announced the launch of a new servic...

20/01/2022

Evolving cloud economics: Where does media stand?

Richard Mansfield, product management director at MediaKind explains what advantages Managed Cloud Applications offer broadcasters and TV operators By Contribu...

20/01/2022

Industry experts create Virtual Production Glossary

It is intended to be a dynamic, industry-propelled effort rather than a static document with users encouraged to suggest new and updated terminology By Jenny P...

20/01/2022

France's AMP Visual TV selects Sony's XVS-G1 switcher for fly-away units

Sony describes the XVS-G1 system as a perfect fit for the small to mid-size studio, outside broadcast vehicles, and fly-away production units By Jenny Priestle...

20/01/2022

The final (production) frontier? World's first studio in space announced

Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E.), a UK-based media company, is developing SEE-1 By Jenny Priestley Published: January 20, 2022 Space Entertainment En...

20/01/2022

Breezeline Stream TV to Launch First in N.H.

QUINCY, Mass. Breezeline, the recently rebranded Atlantic Broadband cable operator, is launching Breezeline Stream TV, a new cloud-based TV service that integ...

20/01/2022

Irdeto Unveils Server Side Ad Insertion To Deliver Targeted, Personalized Ads

AMSTERDAM Irdeto has launched its Irdeto Server Side Ad Insertion platform, which maximizes the addressable live ad inventory of OTT video at scale while delive...

20/01/2022

New Sachtler 100mm Fluid Heads Offer Speed, Payload Benefits

MUNICH Sachtler today expanded its aktiv fluid head product lineup with the addition of the aktiv10T, aktiv12T and aktiv14T 100mm fluid heads, bringing the spee...

20/01/2022

Brazil's TV 3.0 Project Recommends Key ATSC 3.0 Elements For New Digital TV Deployment

WASHINGTON The non-profit organization charged with next-generation digital tele...

20/01/2022

LocalBTV Expands to 21 U.S. TV Markets

LOS ALTOS, Calif. Didja has announced that its live local broadcast TV platform LocalBTV is now operational in 21 US TV DMAs and that 15 new markets were added...

20/01/2022

PBS Outlines New Diversity Initiatives

ARLINGTON, Va. As part of its virtual winter Press Tour announcements of new programming, PBS has outlined some notable diversity, equity and inclusion initiati...

20/01/2022

Fox Weather Taps Surfline for Weather Coverage

NEW YORK As part of an agreement with Surfline, Fox Weather has been using its exclusive broadcast rights to over 500 HD Surfline cameras worldwide to showcase ...

20/01/2022

P&G Was the Top U.S. Advertiser in 2021

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y Based on an analysis of the top 100 advertisers, Media Monitors is reporting that Procter & Gamble was the top parent company advertiser in th...

20/01/2022

Telenor teams with AWS to accelerate modernisation of telecommunications

Reading Time: 2 minutes As part of the agreement, Telenor and AWS will invest in joint go-to-market activities in select industries-such as manufacturing, sup...

20/01/2022

Fast, Furious, and Futuristic: Extreme E Celebrates Successful First Championship and Looks Ahead to Second Season

Fast, furious and futuristic: Extreme E celebrates successful first championship...

20/01/2022

YES Network Celebrates 20 Years With the NBA's Nets

YES Network Celebrates 20 Years With the NBA's Nets From New Jersey to Brooklyn, it has been an exhilarating ride for the broadcaster By Ken Kerschbaumer, ...

20/01/2022

13/01/2022

SBS is encouraging all Australians to rest and reset with the launch of a new guided meditation podcast. Titled Great Minds, the podcast features 15-minute epis...

20/01/2022

Riedel Intercom System Provides Liverpool Philharmonic With Flexibility and Reliability in Managing Concerts and Events

Wuppertal January 20, 2022 Riedel Intercom System Provides Liverpool Philharmo...

20/01/2022

News Corp to Report Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Earnings

News Corp to Report Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Earnings New York, NY (January 20, 2022)-News Corp will release its second quarter Fiscal 2022 results on Thursd...

20/01/2022

Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend Coming to Netflix in 2022

Back to All News Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend Coming to Netflix in 2022 Entertainment 20 January 2022 GlobalUnited States The all-new series Iron Ch...

20/01/2022

Feature Film Nyad Heads To Netflix With Jodie Foster Starring Alongside Annette Bening

Back to All News Feature Film Nyad Heads To Netflix With Jodie Foster Starrin...

20/01/2022

Aardman and Netflix Team for New 'Wallace & Gromit' Film, Announce 'Chicken Run' Sequel Details

Back to All News Aardman and Netflix Team for New Wallace & Gromit Film, Announ...

20/01/2022

Our 2022 Global Talent Trends Report

Our 2022 Global Talent Trends Report Published on Jan 18, 2022 Categories: Business Solutions, Data and insights LinkedIn Corporate Communications Share ...

20/01/2022

Success for ROV remote piloting proof of concept trials

News | January 20 2022 Success for ROV remote piloting proof of concept trials Tucked away in an industrial unit in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, a pilot eyes a...

20/01/2022

New Dalet AmberFin Updates

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, today announced significant updates to Dalet AmberFin, the standards-bearer in im...

20/01/2022

Cobalt Digital Opens Doors to Representative Office in China

Cobalt Digital Opens Doors to Representative Office in China January 20, 2022 Cobalt Digital Opens Doors to Representative Office in China Champaign, IL - Ja...

20/01/2022

Cisco Introduces New Catalyst IE9300 switch

News Summary: Cisco expands its Catalyst 9000 switching portfolio to improve reliability, security, and scalability for industrial and ruggedized outdoor use c...

20/01/2022

Enjoy Pakej Jimat 109: 30Mbps Broadband and Astros Primary Pack at RM 109.99

20 January 2022 Enjoy Pakej Jimat 109: 30Mbps Broadband and Astros Primary Pack at RM 109.99 20 January 2022, Kuala Lumpur With Pakej Jimat 109, Malaysians ...

20/01/2022

ARRI ALEXA Mini LF demonstrates its capabilities in Kingdom: Ashin of the North

Netflix's Kingdom: Ashin of the North takes audiences back a few decades from the Kingdom series and tells the revenge origin story of Ashin and the ser...

20/01/2022

ARRI ALEXA Mini LF, : (Kingdom: Ashin of the North)

Netflix : . ALEXA Mini LF . ...

20/01/2022

Cromorama Chooses Leader LV5600 Reference Instrumentation

Cromorama, one of Europes most experienced specialists in film and television color management, has chosen Leader LV5600 reference instrumentation for use at it...

20/01/2022

Gomora: Tonight's episode, 20 January 2022 (E194 S2)

Gomora: Tonight's episode, 20 January 2022 (E194 S2)Don't miss out on what's happening on tonight's episode of Gomora, and watch the latest epis...

20/01/2022

Imbewu The Seed: Thursday, 20 January 2022 - E984 S4

Imbewu The Seed: Thursday, 20 January 2022 - E984 S4Catch up on what's going on to night on Imbewu by SA TV and Soapies 20-01-2022 in SA TV and Film T...

20/01/2022

TONIGHT'S EPISODE: Diep City E209 S1, Thursday, 20 January 2022)

TONIGHT'S EPISODE: Diep City E209 S1, Thursday, 20 January 2022)We've got you covered on what's happening tonight. by SA TV and Soapies 20-01-202...

20/01/2022

UZALO: Tonight's episode, Thursday, 20 January 2022 - E229 S7

UZALO: Tonight's episode, Thursday, 20 January 2022 - E229 S7Don't get left behind, catch up on Uzalo now! by SA TV and Soapies 20-01-2022 in SA TV...

20/01/2022

MUVHANGO: Thursday's Episode - 20 January 2022 E273 S22

MUVHANGO: Thursday's Episode - 20 January 2022 E273 S22Don't miss out on the latest drama in Muvhango! by SA TV and Soapies 20-01-2022 in SA TV and...

20/01/2022

The River: what is happening E249 S4 - Thursday, 20 January 2022

The River: what is happening E249 S4 - Thursday, 20 January 2022Watch tonight's episode of The River and catch the latest episode every weekday at 20:00 on ...

20/01/2022

TONIGHT'S EPISODE: Scandal - Thursday, 20 January 2022 (E4002 S13)

TONIGHT'S EPISODE: Scandal - Thursday, 20 January 2022 (E4002 S13)Get to know what's happening on tonight's episode! by SA TV and Soapies 20-01-2...

20/01/2022

Thursday's Episode: Generations - The Legacy, E44 S8 (20 January 2022)

Thursday's Episode: Generations - The Legacy, E44 S8 (20 January 2022)Keen to know what's happening on the latest episode of Generations: The Legacy? b...

20/01/2022

Van, Go: Pony.ai Unveils Next-Gen Robotaxi Fleet Built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

Robotaxis are on their way to delivering safer transportation, driving across various landscapes and through starry nights. This week, Silicon Valley-based sel...

20/01/2022

GFN Thursday: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction' Charges Into GeForce NOW

Hello, Operator. This GFN Thursday brings the launch of Tom Clancy's Rainbo...