The latest high-definition outside broadcast vehicle to be commissioned by South Africa Pay-TV channel Super Sport includes a SoundField DSF-2/DSF-3 surround-capable digital microphone system in its spec.

Constructed by Sony Broadcast Professional in the UK, the truck will support a mix of sporting broadcasting, including Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Boxing, and Tennis’s Davis Cup.

SoundField DSF-2/DSF-3Following the model established by BskyB in Europe, Super Sport’s move to HD transmission with audio in 5.1 in the mid-2000s saw it adopt a similar workflow. SoundField systems including the DSF-2 microphone and the DSF-3 digital surround processor are now the broadcast standard for 5.1 OB transmissions at Sky, and MNET/Super Sport has pioneered the same technology. Four of MNET’s six DSF-2 systems are now additionally equipped with DSF-3 digital surround processors, creating a complete digital signal path for the 5.1 signal from the DSF-2 microphone to Super Sport’s broadcast transmitters where needed.

Super Sport and its sister pay-TV channel MNET were early adopters of the UK microphone manufacturer’s digital systems. Representatives from MNET first made contact with SoundField at the IBC exhibition in Europe in 2006 – the first year the completed digital microphone systems were shown publicly.

‘The DSF-2s are great systems, and they and our DSF-3s have done some great work on our HD Rugby, Cricket and Boxing coverage here in South Africa,’ says MNET/Super Sport Audio Supervisor Mark Boyle. ‘Once we had a few SoundField systems up and running, the managers of MNET insisted on coming in to have a listen to the system. They trusted our technical judgement, but wanted to hear for themselves what was possible from a 5.1 microphone setup. All it took was a quick listen and they were convinced. We raised the fader on the DSF-3, they listened for a while, and were blown away.’

The latest installation brings to six the total number of DSF-2 systems in use in MNET’s OB vehicles.

More: www.soundfield.com

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