Audio-Technica is right on track with Fred Aldous and NASCAR

Aldous has been a broadcast audio consultant and mixer for over 20 years. As a
multi-Emmy Award winner (for television sports audio), Aldous has worked on FOX
Sports’ Super Bowls, the Olympics, multiple World Series games, and is credited
with forging new ground for live surround mixing in sports. Recently, Aldous
has selected Audio-Techica’s AT815ST Stereo Shotgun Microphone and AT825
OnePoint X/Y Stereo Field Recording Microphone to capture the audio for NASCAR.

As the number-one spectator sport in the U.S., with 75 million fans purchasing
over $2 billion licensed products annually, NASCAR has some of the most
brand-loyal fans in all of sports. As a result, Aldous needs to supply the
highest quality audio for every race. “I chose to use a combination of
AT815ST’s and AT825’s to capture the audio of a NASCAR race,” Aldous explained.
“In order to get a nice stereo image in a small package that can handle the
extreme sound pressure levels that come from the cars on the track, I put AT815ST’s
on all of my ‘high-up’ cameras, which are located at the very top of the
grandstands. Because of the 815’s size, it mounts directly on the camera, is
not bulky and, hence, does not interfere with the cameramen doing their job.
Plus, because it has three different patterns that range from stereo-narrow to
stereo-wide to mid-side, I am able to dial in exactly what I need. Using the
mid-side setting, I get a very realistic left-to-right stereo image as the cars
are going through the shot. And for the viewing audience, it adds an extra
dimension of realism.”

To further enhance the broadcast audio of NASCAR, Aldous is also using Audio-Technica’s
AT825 OnePoint X/Y Stereo Field Recording Microphone. He continues, “We put the
AT825’s up on the top of the catch fence around the track. Because of the
pick-up pattern, the 825 gives us a really nice additional left-to-right audio
image when the car passes through the camera shot — the fans love it.”
Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #608
during the 123rd AES Convention in


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