West Yorkshire, UK (June 19, 2007)–The final of the Soccer Champions’ League on May 23rd, in which Liverpool and Milan faced one another in the former Olympic stadium in Greece’s capital, was broadcast to an estimated 1.2 billion viewers worldwide with a little help from not one but two SoundField DSF-2 digital microphone systems. The multi-capsule microphone heads for both systems were rigged in the stadium to provide simultaneous phase-coherent 5.1 and stereo stadium ambience and crowd response for the HD and SD transmissions.
A single world transmission feed, authorized by UEFA and their exclusive media partner TEAM Audio AG, was used to provide TV companies from all around the world with their SD and HD pitch coverage. On the night of the match, the world audio feed was mixed by Robert Edwards of UK broadcast sound specialists Video Sound Services, assisted by Frank Mosch, the Technical Head of Sound at Belgian company Outside Broadcast NV, who supplied the outside broadcast vehicle and Lawo desk used to mix the feed.
Robert Edwards has a long history of working closely with mic manufacturer SoundField, having collaborated with them on the feature set of the DSF-2 mic and introduced it to Sky Sports, with whom he also works regularly. On the night of the final in Athens, Sky, who have made the DSF-2 part of their standard-issue equipment for HD sports broadcasts, had their own DSF-2 mic in the stadium, allowing them to add further stadium ambience into their transmission of the final. As Robert Edwards had also specified a DSF-2 for use in the broadcast of the world audio feed, there were two of the mics in the stadium on the night. The mic specified for use on the world feed was placed high up on a gantry hanging from the stadium roof.