NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Audio-Technica to provide microphones, broadcast headsets and monitor headphones for its production of the 2016 Summer Olympics, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 – 21.
Audio-Technica’s products have been tasked with capturing and monitoring the audio aspects of the games, from the detailed sounds of the competition itself to the crowd noise, expert analysis and athlete interviews.
The manufacturer’s BP4027 and BP4029 stereo shotgun microphones will be mounted on cameras to closely follow the action; AT4050ST large-diaphragm stereo microphones and BP4025 X/Y stereo microphones will capture ambience from the games’ various venues to create a realistic surround bed for the broadcast; BPHS1 broadcast stereo headsets will be worn by announcers in audio-over-IP venues to provide considerable separation between their voices and the ambient sound; BP4001 handheld cardioid dynamic microphones will be used for interviews; and ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones will be used in edit rooms, for monitoring RF mic receivers and submix consoles, and for other critical listening applications.
“We are proud of our role in the continuing development of broadcast audio technology, an evolution that has made stereo microphones an integral part of broadcast audio capture. We look forward to providing new solutions for capturing high-quality audio in the future as the industry continues to raise the bar,” said Michael Edwards, vice president, product and market development, Audio-Technica US.
“NBC has relied on Audio-Technica to help us capture the real sounds of the Olympic Games and the atmosphere surrounding those events,” said Karl Malone, director, sound design, NBC Sports & Olympics. “Audio-Technica consistently helps NBC fulfil that goal and we look forward to doing the same with them this year.”