Lancaster, PA (August 5, 2010)–ABC’s show Dancing with the Stars used the Linear Acoustic AERO.qc Audio Quality Controller during the entire 2009-2010 run of season 10.
Dancing with the Stars is produced live to air from CBS Stage 46 in Los Angeles. Audio is mixed on an SSL analog stereo console, and then the stereo mix is sent through an A/D converter into the AERO.qc, where the UPMAX-II algorithm upmixes stereo to Dolby 5.1 surround sound that is transmitted to affiliates.
This year brought two new audio engineers to the show: Mike Stock, A1 production mixer, and Mark King, music mixer. Stock has served as production sound mixer on a variety of other television programs including Dr. Phil, The Doctors, NFL on FOX, The Bachelor, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
“King used the AERO.qc during the telecast of the ‘Academy of Country Music Awards’ and suggested that we switch to the product for upmixing this season of Dancing with the Stars. I’m glad we did,” said Stock. “Unlike other upmixers I’ve used, the AERO.qc did not corrupt the original program; the downmix back to stereo so closely matched the original. In fact, many of my industry friends thought I mixed the show in true 5.1 discrete.”
“While the AERO.qc has presets, I loved that the upmix parameters are adjustable–center width, amount in rears, and low end–so I could get just the surround effect we needed,” added Stock. “The AERO.qc is way ahead of what I used to upmix The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”
Dancing with the Stars returns this fall for season 11 with the Linear Acoustic AERO.qc.