Peteris Saltans, a freelance broadcast engineer, has been working on events like the World Series, the playoffs and the All-Star Game for Major League Baseball on Fox Sports. Saltans uses the SSL MT Plus and Aysis Air Plus digital consoles on these gigs.
“Very loud arenas, where you get 20,000 to 60,000 people screaming at an event, present unique challenges for an audio engineer,” Saltans said. “You always have to compare this overwhelming ambient noise with what you are trying to capture on the field or on the court from a microphone and this is very difficult. Successfully bringing the home audience the essential audio elements of each event, like the obvious crack of a bat hitting a ball or the very subtle sound of a ball being caught in a mitt, creates excitement and interest. The MT Plus and Aysis Air Plus consoles that I use provide excellent sonic accuracy and inherent system flexibility. This stable platform helps to overcome these difficulties and create the excitement.
“I used the MT Plus in National Mobile Television’s DX11 truck for the All-Star game several months ago,” Saltans continued. “I like the ability to go in and set up the console for a typical baseball game, come back, push the Total Recall button and use this template as a starting point for a particular broadcast.”
One of the major factors to consider in live broadcast is the extreme time constraint for setup and the need to do things right the first time. “I have experience from using the SL 8000 analog board at Fox, and I found the transition to the MT Plus very comfortable,” Saltans said. “You still have to know exactly what you are doing in a digital sense and there are minor changes here and there, but I know exactly what the nomenclature is. I don’t waste precious time overcoming the technology.”
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