Mixing the Super Bowl of Sheep Shearing

Armed with their trimmers, sheep shearers from more than 25 countries travel to the small rural town of Masterton in New Zealand every year to compete for The Golden Shears—the most coveted title in the international sheep shearing calendar, broadcast live from a 1,600-seat stadium.
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Masterton, NZ (March 30, 2016)—Armed with their trimmers, sheep shearers from more than 25 countries travel to the small rural town of Masterton in New Zealand every year to compete for The Golden Shears—the most coveted title in the international sheep shearing calendar, broadcast live from a 1,600-seat stadium.

Even sheep-shearing competitions need good audio—if only to be heard over the electric razors—and that was the goal recently for New Zealand PA company Noise Productions Ltd. when it delivered various broadcast audio feeds for the event using the company’s new Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.

Coverage of the event is broadcast live to various national and international networks; Noise Productions Ltd, has been providing live broadcasts of the event for the last three years. This year, the company utilized its new Allen & Heath dLive system, comprising a S7000 control surface with DM48 MixRack and DX32 expander rack, to provide the audio mix for the live broadcast.

"The new system literally arrived two days before the event and was so easy to use that we had it up and running within minutes,” said Toby Mills of Noise Productions. “A particular advantage for this show was the Scene crossfade timer, which allowed a single operator to crossfade audio cues while also operating the vision mixer. This kept the broadcast slick and reduced the labor requirements for the three-day event.”

“Previously, we have used our extensive stock of iLives to manage the broadcast, however the new dLive system allowed a single mixer to be used with audio IO easily distributed,” concludes Mills.

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