Carpenter Takes Sennheiser to the Ballgame

Old Lyme, CT (November 3, 2008)--Production mixer Joseph Carpenter used an array of Sennheiser microphones positioned around the stadiums, embedded in the bases and the outfield wall, and mounted on the roving RF cameras for FOX's broadcast of the World Series games.
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Old Lyme, CT (November 3, 2008)--Production mixer Joseph Carpenter used an array of Sennheiser microphones positioned around the stadiums, embedded in the bases and the outfield wall, and mounted on the roving RF cameras for FOX's broadcast of the World Series games.

Viewers who tuned into the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays on FOX heard every sound from the field and the stands through an array of Sennheiser MKH 8000 series, MKH 416 shotgun and MKE 2 lavalier microphones. Carpenter typically used five of the new MKH 8000 series mics throughout the National League game schedule this season, as well as during the post-season October Classic, he says. "I have three of them, omni pattern, in my parabolic microphones around the home plate, for the bat crack and the glove pop. I also use a pair of them in centerfield for my main surround channels. I wish I had more--I'd use them all over the place!"

Carpenter treats the MKH 8000 infield and outfield mics differently: "On the infield, on the bat crack and glove pop, I'm trying to notch the crowd to get as much of the frequencies out of them as I can in terms of the glove popping and the bat cracking. I'm accentuating those crowd frequencies on the outfield mics in the rear channels. I find that these 8000s are so dynamic that they don't require much EQ as they are, but when you do want to specifically enhance or detract, they're perfect, because they pick up quite a wide range," he reports.

Eight MKH 416 shotguns, positioned at the booth, the first and third base camera positions, and pointing into the crowd, captured the front channels of the 5.1 soundfield. Additional MKH 416s were mounted on roaming RF cameras. "We also have wireless microphones in the bases, which are MKE 2 lavaliers on SK 250 transmitters. We use SK 250s in the outfield wall, as well," he says.

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