Observe, an independent outside broadcast company located in Dublin, Ireland, has invested in a SoundField SPS422B microphone. The company handles events for many UK and Irish broadcast clients, and opened its first High Definition Outside Broadcast unit in the spring.
"I like the SoundField, its audio quality and how easy it is to set up," says Observe's head of sound, Colm Flynn (pictured). "We have the SPS422B at present, but I'm looking at upgrading to the DSF-2 digital mic. We're covering some of the Rugby Heineken Cup for Sky Sports in Ireland and they recommended the DSF-2, as they've been using it for UK Premiership football coverage. The 422B's ability to output in stereo and 5.1 is of great interest to us, but the DSF-2 can do that and also operate at distances of over a kilometer, which could be really useful for us. We often can't get our trucks very close to events."