Beverly Hills, CA (March 1, 2004)–For the 19th straight year, the International Ballroom at Merv Griffin’s Beverly Hilton Hotel was outfitted with Apogee loudspeakers and power amplifiers for the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to honor achievements in film and television during the calendar year. Telecast live on NBC on January 25 and broadcast in 125 countries, the Golden Globe Awards Show attracted a worldwide television audience of 250 million viewers.
Veteran sound engineer Bruce Burns of Innovative Audio Technologies, Inc. of Sun Valley, CA, has selected Apogee loudspeakers for the Golden Globes since Apogee technology was available in 1985. In 2000, The Beverly Hilton, impressed by the quality and reliability of Apogee’s performance, purchased a permanent Apogee system for the International Ballroom, which seats 1281 for the Golden Globes, from Thomas Gregor Audio Associates. The ballroom also hosts other entertainment industry awards shows and high profile fund raising events.
The International Ballroom presents a challenging environment for a televised awards show. The loudspeakers must be placed outside of the view of the television cameras, the room has a low ceiling, and a new set configuration was implemented this year.
Said Barry Grzebik, Apogee’s director of engineering, “It was an interesting environment, balancing the need to have a visually unobtrusive system operating at levels low enough so as to not to interfere with the broadcast sound, yet providing even coverage and intelligibility throughout the ballroom.”
“We had to re-hang some of the speakers,” shared Burns. “But getting the result we wanted wasn’t a problem because Apogee loudspeakers make it easy to achieve uniform coverage. We received compliments on the clarity of the center stage Scheops pop-up microphone from the director, the on-air mixer and the crew members outside in the truck.”
The Beverly Hilton’s inventory of Apogee loudspeakers includes four AE-9s, six AE-2s, five SSMs, four AE-11s, and four FS-2 Stage Monitors. Eleven Apogee SA-700 amplifiers supply the power. Burns augmented this system with four Apogee AE-5s.
“I choose Apogee because the sound quality is outstanding and reliability is never a question,” offered Burns, who is also known for his work on the Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and other major awards shows. “The Golden Globes audience is packed with film stars, television stars, producers, directors–and there are millions of people watching on TV. Obviously it’s imperative that the sound system not fail, and with Apogee loudspeakers, I know that it’s going to be flawless.”
FOH engineer Randy Faustino, who has handled FOH duties at the Globes for five years, was the man behind the console. Faustino has often mixed on Apogee equipment, including work with the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Spirit Awards and many other prestigious events. “Apogee Speakers were an excellent tool in providing crystal clear sound throughout the International Ballroom,” Faustino said. “They allowed me to push dialog levels above the loud ambience of the crowd, without hurting the integrity of the on-air mix.”
Burns praised Grzebik for his participation in the deployment of the Apogee system. “Barry is a gold mine,” Burns said. “He assisted with the decision making processes in re-hanging the speakers, tuning the room, and in making sure everything in the Apogee domain was being done correctly.”
Apogee Sound International