Hebden Bridge, U.K. (July 11, 2008)–Calrec Audio consoles recently helped bring the sound of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League Cup soccer final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to more than 300 million people.
The match was the first all-English final in the contest’s 52-year history, and UEFA appointed Britain’s Sky Television to handle all production requirements. Two Visions OB trucks, HD4 under contract to Sky and HD3 under contract to Russian host broadcasters RTR and NTV, both carried Calrec Alpha consoles. Working on behalf of ITV Sport was another truck sent by 021 Television that used a Calrec 60-fader Sigma console. Although ITV Sport broadcast the game in SD, an HD rack in that truck was used to record the match for posterity.
“Visions built the technical operations center (TOC) with its HD3 truck at the core,” said Keith Lane, Sky’s sports operations manager. “As the host, HD3 supplied all feeds using a 54-fader Alpha console, including the main 5.1 match mix, stereo match mix, steady cam, and international feeds routed via the TOC. The TOC international feed provided every other broadcaster–on-site or otherwise–with a clean feed in which to add local commentary.”
“This was an interesting game and having three Calrec consoles onsite made things so much easier,” said BAFTA award-winning sound designer Robert Edwards, who mixed the world feed in HD3. “We used a SoundField mic to capture the 5.1 crowd bed, and we supplemented that with other crowd mics. An additional 16 mics were placed around the pitch, and I spent all my time chasing the ball around with the faders! It was a very comprehensive mix. Of course, 5.1 presents very specific problems, especially when you are producing multiple surround feeds alongside all the ISO feeds. Calrec’s TFT displays offer plenty of flexibility, and one can be sure of what is being sent even in the most complex setups.”