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AES Munich 2009
Workshop W9

Friday, May 8, 15:00 — 16:30

W9 - Mixing Sports in 5.1–Part 1

Gerhard Stoll, IRT Munich
Dennis Baxter, Sound for the Olympics - USA
Beat Joss, tpc AG - Switzerland
Ales Koman, Slovenia TV - Slovenia

Sports has proven to be a major driving force for the introduction of HDTV into the market. Events like the Football World Championships 2006, the Football European Championships in 2008, and the 2008 Bejing Olympics provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the strengths of high resolution pictures. Teaming up with HD picture is High Definition Surround Sound and a generally more elaborate and creative sound design. The challenges are manifold:

• from capturing a roaring stadium crowd of 80,000 to hearing the details of every ball kick, the so-called “close ball”;
• from producing a surround mix to still serving your stereo-viewers with an appropriate downmix and an intelligible commentator;
• from getting your signal to and through your broadcast center unharmed to arriving at the consumer in sync with the picture;
• from making meaningful use of LFE to using the center channel not only for commentary but for the "sound of sports" as well.

A panel of experienced protagonists will discuss these issues and other challenges. Examples will give the audience the chance to judge the effectiveness themselves.

In Part 2 of this workshop a multitrack recording of one of the finals of the Swiss Ice-Hockey Championship 2009 will be mixed live for the audience to witness the approach to creating a compelling surround sound field, which includes the atmosphere of thousands of bawling, booing, and applauding fans and the “sounds of the match,” which you see on your screen.