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3,000 Audio-Technica Mics Will Be Used in Vancouver

Host broadcaster uses them for video and audio production to rightsholders

Some 3,000 Audio-Technica microphones will be used at the Winter Olympics, the company said.

“The use of Audio-Technica microphones for the broadcast of the 2010 Winter Games marks the continuation of A-T’s Olympic involvement, which has been consistent since the Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996.”

The host broadcaster is Olympic Broadcast Services Vancouver; it produces and distributes audio and video coverage. It sends video and audio to radio and television rights-holders.

A-T said OBSV will use AT4050 Large Diaphragm Multi-pattern Microphones and BP4025 X/Y Stereo Field Recording Microphones to create the 5.1 surround sound ambience.

“For instance, in ski jump, there are three surround-sound scenarios that will employ a combination of AT4050s and BP4025s: the start house, which is an enclosed environment; the preparation for and start of the jump, when the skiers are ready to go down the hill; and the jump in motion — when viewers start to see the crowd, the mixers try to blend in the surround sound of the crowd base as well,” the manufacturer stated.

“The sonic details will be added by using a large number of Audio-Technica’s shotgun microphones, including the 21.22-inch-long BP4071L Line + Gradient Condenser for outdoor and long-distance pickup in such sports as downhill skiing, figure skating and half-pipe sports; the AT898 Subminiature Lavalier Microphone with individual body packs in curling, operating up to 48 channels of simultaneous wireless; custom A-T boundary mics for hockey; and many more microphones.”

Michael Edwards is Audio-Technica director of product management.

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