New York, NY (December 13, 2006)–The intimate 199-seat Manhattan studio from which The View is broadcast live recently received a high-end audio upgrade courtesy of Yonkers, N.Y.-based Sound Associates. Sound Associates sound designer Timothy Mazur specified a unique and highly focused system featuring multiple zones using a total of 26 Meyer Sound M1D ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers and 17 MM-4 miniature wide-range loudspeakers.
Mazur, a 12-year audio industry veteran with credits ranging from live music and industrial sound to Broadway theatre, points out that sound for live television is an art form very different from others he’s pursued, presenting a singular set of challenges. “Traditionally, audio in the studio has been a secondary consideration in TV productions,” he observes. “It’s very different from theatre sound, where we’re accustomed to the audio being one of the most important aspects of the presentation. One of the cardinal rules of TV is that you cannot affect how the mix sounds on air, and that limits the amount of level we can put through the system.”
Mazur’s experience in designing theatrical sound led him to create a system based on a number of very small, localized zones, using several M1D arrays of two and three cabinets each. One of the key elements of TV sound is making the audience feel close to the action, Mazur explained. “In theatre, we try to make it sound like there are no speakers and all of the energy is coming from the stage,” he said. “In TV, there’s less thought toward system transparency, per se, and more of an effort to make it sound very intimate, so that anywhere you sit, the presence is right there.”
The M1D’s exceptional directivity provided the tight pattern control Mazur needed for the hall’s intimate design. “We effectively created 19 separate delay zones in order to have the highest degree of individualized zone control.”