(l-r) Bruce Arledge Jr., Mark King
New York (March 22, 2011)–The new season of Dancing With The Stars premiered last night with two Linear Acoustic UPMAX units providing 5.1-channel upmixes.
The 12th season of the award-winning Dancing With The Stars television reality show returned to ABC on March 21; production mixer Bruce Arledge Jr. and music mixer Mark King make use of the UPMAX system to provide an upmix of the show’s stereo production elements for 5.1 broadcasting.
“I can mix the show in stereo, upmix it through UPMAX, then downmix it again, and it’s transparent between my send back and forth,” commented Arledge Jr. “A lot of our content–Mark’s mix, the dialog that comes from the B roll, and my mix–is delivered in stereo, so it keeps the show consistent every week. UPMAX not only ensures a consistent viewer experience, but it also eliminates potential transmission errors. We don’t have any phasing issues, and we don’t have stuff in the wrong spot.”
Arledge Jr. is using one UPMAX for the main show and another for the recap show, which runs simultaneously with the main show beginning the second week of the season. He is also using a Linear Acoustic LQ-1000 loudness quality monitor to keep the production mix centered on the -24-dB LKFS level specified by ABC. The show is being produced on Stage 46 at CBS Television City in Hollywood.
“It makes really good decisions on where to place things,” said King, who recommended UPMAX for Dancing With The Stars after using it on a Golden Globe Awards telecast, on which he is the production mixer. “And as a way to achieve 5.1, the box saves the production company a ton of money.”