Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

NBA Returns: Virtual Crowd-Noise Mix Is Complex and Authentic

Perhaps no sport lives and dies by the intensity of its crowd reactions as much as basketball. With triple-digit game scores as close as a single point with tenths of a second left on the clock, crowd reactions can literally influence the outcome of games. That fact confronted the folks figuring out how to re-create […]  More

Tech Focus: Audio Monitoring, Part 1 — Room-Correction Software Aims To Optimize Any Environment

A great speaker can quickly become a mediocre one when placed in an especially challenging space. The audio compartment of a production truck is the ultimate Petrie dish for this phenomenon, one that becomes even more complex when audio mixes have to move between different spaces and through an assortment of different speakers. In response, […]  More

NHL Returns: Hockey Audio Balances Sticks And ‘Crowds’

Every sport is finding its own way back on the air, and, when the NHL returns this weekend for the start of its abbreviated-but-rapid-fire 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers series — 16 teams playing best-of-five series to determine the eight teams to advance to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs — it’ll be with the classic sound […]  More

ESPN’s Audio Approach to MLS Tourney Is Making New Fans

The MLS Is Back Tournament is in full swing, with matches having started on July 8 and running through the Aug. 11 Final, all at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. What sets this series apart — and marking a milestone for pro soccer in general […]  More

Officials’ Whistles Go Digital

The connection between sports officials and the timing systems necessary to games’ outcomes has been getting more technical. For the past two decades, the NBA and the leading collegiate basketball leagues have been deploying a Precision Time Systems system that uses the sound of the referee’s whistle to activate the stop-clock function on game-time clocks. […]  More

Salsa Sound Sees Virtual Crowds as the Right Sounds at the Right Time

Despite concerns about “inauthentic” sounds of games and matches by A1s and others on the technical side of sports broadcasting, it appears that “faux” crowd sound is becoming part of the sports-broadcast experience as various leagues and teams come out of pandemic-induced hibernation. European soccer leagues, such as the Bundesliga and the English Premier League […]  More

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