Ontario, Canada (April 9, 2009)--Holophone's H2-PRO surround microphone is a new addition to one of the ESPN team's audio systems, as the NBA teams head towards the playoffs.
The microphone is part of ESPN audio mixer Jonathan Freed's NBA game setup and is used to help create an ambient surround bed, capturing crowd response and sounds of the arena. Being a 35-year audio veteran and having used the H2-PRO for coverage of "Monday Night Football" games for ESPN, Freed is familiar with how the H2-PRO operates and how it lends itself to coverage of live sporting events.
"The Holophone is a tremendous help because it is very easy to use and it delivers a good surround bed," Freed explains. "It also has a characteristic that I call intimacy--where the people who are nearest to the mic are audible in the crowd mix, but they don't overwhelm it. Sometimes with separate crowd mics, if people get too close, you hear individuals making too much noise and it becomes objectionable in the mix--so you're hearing one person or one section of people making too much noise. The Holophone allows us to hear the 50 or so people in its area, but not overwhelmingly so. It brings you closer to the experience of being in a seat in an arena than anything else I have used."
For an NBA game, the H2-PRO is typically placed high up in the center of the basketball arenas, near the crew's camera platform. According to Freed, this has proved to be the best location because the mic does not block fans while still being able to obtain good centralized sound. The mic is used along with a Calrec Bluefin console and a variety of Sennheiser, Beyer, Neumann and Sony microphones, which are used in various applications, including supplementing the sound pickup from the H2-PRO.