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.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOWe 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.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    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

     6 months ago

    Last christmas

  • Ivan Karacic

     1 years ago

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

  • Jakob Hinman

     9 months ago

    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

     11 months ago

    what sports do you mix for?

  • So Myung Jung

     1 years ago

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

  • arpxdagoodone

     4 months ago

    omg i feel your pain....rahter be happy that you have an exciting job....dont like it? go to a mcdonalds and work for them....

  • George He Edits

     1 years ago

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

  • tonymagona334

     3 months ago

    It's the same in IT. No one knows about you or really bothers until something breaks, then they hate you cause it broke. Like I've told people when they see me relaxed and say "you've got a lot of free time!" I tell them "yes because when I'm not busy and you are it means my work is good and all is well in IT. It's when I'm busy that means you're not."

  • gopillar

     5 months ago

    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)

  • ElyssaAnderson

     1 years ago

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

  • Andrew Nasson

     11 months ago

    ElyssaAnderson except the ASMR like sound of her voice

  • Jeremy Ratzlaff

     1 years ago

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

  • Aidan Flynn

     11 days ago


  • 420_SWaG3r 33

     10 months ago

    Sports hohard

  • DeathnoteBB

     1 years ago

    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??" 😵

  • Six12since02

     16 hours ago

    I interpreted the title correctly

  • Cody Strever

     3 months ago

    I genuinely thought the same way.

  • grace calis

     1 years ago

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

  • Aspect Science

     1 years ago

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

  • Z In Chains

     1 years ago

    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. 👌

  • Ryan Barr

     1 years ago

    Live audio mixing? That would stress me out beyond belief

  • phillip stafford-dafoe

     6 months ago

    It definitely is stressful at first but if you ease into it it becomes more natural

  • Maynard Vargas

     1 years ago

    Joss Fong <3

  • brentonjoseph

     1 years ago

    JOSS FONG <3

  • Chris Pavlik

     1 years ago

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