Toronto, Ontario (February 9, 2006)–Holophone’s patented H2-PRO surround microphone was once again selected as the microphone of choice for capturing venue ambience at the Super Bowl XL and the Grammy Awards, which took place last night.
The H2-PRO was also an integral part of the mix in the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s (CBC) HDTV broadcast of NHL Hockey Night in Canada on February 4, and two Holophone units will be used on this week’s Dallas Maverick’s vs. Miami Heat basketball game on TNT’s NBA Thursday.
As a single point-source, point and shoot Surround Sound capture device, the Holophone H2-PRO utilizes the theories of head related transfer function (HRTF) to capture 7.1 channels of discrete surround sound audio in a single, cost-effective unit. The device acts in a manner similar to the human head to localize sound sources from microphone elements placed on its perimeter. The Holophone H2-PRO replicates the three-dimensional feeling of being in a venue.
Jonathan Godfrey CEO of Holophone commented: “When preparing for a surround sound mix for HDTV, broadcasters traditionally have used a large number of microphones placed strategically around a venue. This process is extremely time consuming and creating a cohesive and realistic experience for the viewers at home can be somewhat daunting.” He continued, “With the H2-PRO, one unit is usually all that is required to capture the ambience of the event and deliver that “being there” experience home to the viewer. Even in events as large as the Super Bowl and Grammy Awards, setup rarely takes more than an hour, and the audio experience can not be matched by using traditional methods. Further, the system provides a dependable and rugged capture device that engineers can rely on and transport from venue to venue.”
Preparing for the 2006 Grammy Awards, co-sound supervisor and Academy advisor Hank Neuberger of Third Wave Productions and Audience mixer Klaus Landsberg planned to have the H2-PRO used as the basis for the surround mix. Customs delays prevented the original H2-PRO from arriving in Los Angeles on time for the broadcast. When an alternate unit was arranged last minute, Hank Neuberger stated: “You guys are a Life Saver! Do you know how happy Klaus will be? Do you understand how much time you have saved us?”
Holophone is a division of Rising Sun Productions, Ltd., headquartered in Toronto, Canada.