Why sports sound better in your living room

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Audio engineers are the unsung heroes of the live sports broadcast.

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    We don’t often think about audio when we watch sports on TV, but it’s a huge part of the experience. We spoke with several A1 audio engineers who mix the sounds of sports to learn more about what it takes to capture the crack of the bat and the swish of the net.

    From the cadence of the quarterback to the sounds of skates on ice, audio mixers are tasked with getting microphones close enough to the action to gather the sounds but still out of the way of the players and the fans.

    Once the microphones are set up, they handle the stressful task of live mixing all the audio for the broadcast, so that we can hear the announcers and the sounds of the game, despite thousands of screaming fans and the PA system blaring music.

    In the end, if they do the job right, you’ll forget they exist.

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  • Vox

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Big thanks to the Verge for letting us use footage from a great documentary they made years ago about NFL broadcasts. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2HYSXFN And thanks to Phil Edwards for inspiring this video with a piece he wrote for Vox.com: http://bit.ly/2I2iVs8. If you’re interested in this topic, take some time to listen to this really lovely radio documentary made by an audio engineer who works on the Olympics: http://bit.ly/2jhyzlp -joss

  • ants1337

     (Dec 22, 2018)

    Last christmas

  • Nikhil Kumar

     (Nov 17, 2018)

    Same company 😂😂😂

  • Ivan Karacic

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    One of those jobs where people notice only if you make a mistake. Hats off to them working so hard.

  • Jakob Hinman

     (Sep 25, 2018)

    That's true for any position in film and tv. You don't remember they are there until they mess up. For example, think of your favorite movie. Now who's the editor. Name anyone in the sound department. I believe that the crews that make the media we watch are the unsung heroes of the entertainment industry. https://www.okclips.net/video/gfjWjkTP4p8/video.html

  • That Guy Gaming

     (Aug 22, 2018)

    what sports do you mix for?

  • So Myung Jung

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    As a audio engineer, I feel the grief of those hard working men.Major props to these guys.

  • Jeremy McLynch

     (Sep 29, 2018)

    +Thomas Tufts you can try it but really only if it's not live because anywhere the mics are, the sound from the speakers is different in volume and the echo from an arena would change it and I cant think of an analog or digital board that can take out sound like that you would need a post production software on a computer

  • Dan Hibbert

     (Jul 4, 2018)

    nPlatin im currently studying audio production at University personally, but got into the area through messing with DAWs and music technology rather than doing any electrical qualifications etc

  • ElyssaAnderson

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Video by Joss! She's awesome and I hope we get more of her 😍

  • Andrew Nasson

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    ElyssaAnderson except the ASMR like sound of her voice

  • Ruoyu Li

     (Jul 7, 2018)

    She’s my dream girl...

  • Jeremy Ratzlaff

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Don’t care about sports, but this is FASCINATING. Vox is on the cutting edge of excellent documentary work.

  • 420_SWaG3r 33

     (Sep 13, 2018)

    Sports hohard

  • Maynard Vargas

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Joss Fong <3

  • brentonjoseph

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    JOSS FONG <3

  • Chris Pavlik

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    she's without a doubt my favorite on this channel. every video she makes is always interesting and cool, and fun, and informative

  • General G. S. Patton

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    “Why sports sound better in your living room” -I spend a majority of my time on the toilet, sooooo....

  • 5KYM0L3CUL3

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Check mate I guess

  • grace calis

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Must be a stressful job. Kudos to these guys for making my TV experience much better.

  • Aspect Science

     (May 1, 2018)

    Z In Chains, isn't the internet just a wonderful and pleasant place? haha!

  • Z In Chains

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    grace calis No problem. You only have a few thousand/million people listening to your audio and if it is messed up they’ll head to Twitter and complain about it. 👌

  • DeathnoteBB

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    I thought the title meant like, better in the living room than other parts of the house! I was like "what's special about a living room??" 😵

  • oscar salguero

     (Jan 4, 2019)

    A living room is the main room for a TV. or perhaps you might have your home theater room and that is when really sound amazing.

  • Parker's NBA Videos

     (Aug 28, 2018)

    Lol, me too!I thought it would explain how the average living room size provides the perfect acoustics to bounce around the sounds of a sports game.It's like how they say you sound best singing in the shower.

  • George He Audio

     (Apr 30, 2018)

    Audio, the least appreciated department in games, movies and tv as by nature Sound is only noticeable when its done bad.

  • gopillar

     (Jan 31, 2019)

    yup, I view my position as a production tech as "if nobody notices you, you're doing your job right" (I primarily consider myself an audio guy but I have experience in all aspects of production)