Recent Posts by Dan Daley

Broadcast audio training, Part 1 — Some pandemic changes may be permanent

COVID changed everything, including how we learn and teach. Schools from K-12 through to graduate courses and technical institutions migrated rapidly — with various degrees of success — to online models. Pro audio was no exception to the trend. Manufacturers, many of which already had significant online training sites, embraced the concept. Their efforts served […]  More

Broadcast audio training, Part 2 — Manufacturers offer in-depth online programmes

One consistently available source of training for broadcast-sports audio has been the manufacturers of the equipment used to capture, process, mix, and transport it. Of course, the majority of a manufacturer’s training modules focus on the brand’s own products and are part of its marketing strategies. However, the variety of the content across all the […]  More

Tech Focus: Radio, Part 2 — Consoles have plenty to offer sound for sports on the air

Sports broadcasts on the radio have their own special requirements, and manufacturers have kept their broadcast-audio consoles up to date. Here are some of their flagship models. Quasar SR is the direct replacement for Axia’s best-selling Fusion console. Comparable to the Fusion console in both price and feature set, it delivers all the power, ergonomics, […]  More

Tech Focus: Radio, Part 1 — Migration to AoIP helps keep the medium robust

This year’s World Series is a milestone for broadcast, though a largely unheralded one: it marks 100 years since the first World Series broadcast, on station WJZ, of Game 1 between the Yankees and Giants, when both teams lived in New York City. And of course, it was broadcast on radio. Audio-over-IP is the latest wrinkle […]  More

Immersive monitoring, Part 1 — Sports broadcasting seems a good fit

Mobile production units are always crowded; their audio compartments, even more so. The imminent arrival of immersive sound, mainly in the form of Dolby Atmos, further complicates the situation. For broadcast, the format is 5.1.4, which adds four channels of surround overhead. Overall, the number of studios equipped to mix Atmos and other immersive formats […]  More

Salsa Sound eyes US market for automated audio mixing

Salsa Sound gained attention when its vCrowd artificial crowd sound solution became the go-to for Manchester City FC games and other sports after the COVID pandemic drove actual crowds from the soccer stands. Before that, though, the company had already started down the path of AI-based audio mixing. In 2019, the UK company launched an […]  More

Tech focus: A1s’ favourite mics – why they like them, how they use them

A boy and his dog. Homer and his doughnuts. An A1 and his or her favourite microphones. All duos made in heaven — or, in the last case, over many years of critical listening and clever problem-solving of the challenges that come with capturing sound for broadcast sports. In the first of a recurring feature, […]  More

Tech focus audio training, Part 1 — COVID drives online as primary mode of educating pros

COVID has changed everything, including how we learn and teach. Schools from K-12 through graduate courses and technical institutions have migrated rapidly — and with varying degrees of success — to online models. Pro audio was no exception to the trend. Manufacturers, many of which had already established significant online training sites, leaned further into […]  More