Skokie, IL (May 6, 2020)—As sports broadcasting increasingly turns to a remote production model, Fred Aldous, lead mixer and audio consultant for FOX Sports, is using Dante-enabled products from Studio Technologies for communications.
Aldous’ workflow encompasses several Dante-compliant Studio Technologies products, including the Model 206 announcer’s console and Model 370A and Model 374A intercom belt packs in the announcers’ booth. He says running a Dante network through the devices has allowed him to provide improved comms support for stage managers, stats support and announcer personnel support.
“Most networks are moving to remote broadcast, meaning a lot of shows will be produced, mixed and cut from an off-site facility,” says Aldous, who has earned more than 20 Emmy awards and a spot in the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “By moving to a Dante-hybrid booth, my announcers and crew have more flexibility to communicate with each other during a broadcast.”
Aldous also leverages the analog capabilities of Studio Technologies products. His choice of intercom products are the Model 41 Interface for interruptible foldback (IFB) monitoring and cueing along with the Model 47A analog audio interface for party line (PL) communication. He also uses the Model 230 announcer’s console for back-up analog headsets in the booth.
He comments, “We are able to bring the viewer to the field of play and give them an intimate experience of being at the event. Given the current live event landscape, we are currently formulating safety and distancing elements, including keeping the crew safe in close quarters in a production truck as well as announcers and their proximity to microphones. As these discussions continue to develop and evolve, I look forward to having a plan in place for when live events resume.”
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