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.

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    We 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.

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  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +518

    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

  • DaProdigy
    DaProdigy  3 days ago

    Whoever thought of this video idea deserves a freaking raise. This is something I didn't know I might be curious about but now I am. Great work!

  • 10k subs with No videos

    You out black and white on the game’s to make them old but it said YouTube tv

  • The Gunny Sarge
    The Gunny Sarge  7 days ago +1

    I get that we would like to hear certain sounds, but why do we need to go so far that we can hear them grunt?

  • Sssaga Benches
    Sssaga Benches  7 days ago

    Last year i was a full year younger.

  • Blazing Insanity
    Blazing Insanity  14 days ago

    God I hate cowbells. I want to find the man who made the cowbell a tool for cheering, and throw him off a cliff.

  • Brendan Symonds
    Brendan Symonds  14 days ago +1

    Hearing the PA is better, adds more authenticity and realism.

  • Afif Khaja
    Afif Khaja  21 days ago

    CNBC and Vox are my favorite news channels on Youtube. The quality and content of information is superb

  • Jhon Candia
    Jhon Candia  a months ago

    Interesantísimo. Que gran canal

  • Andrew Keyo
    Andrew Keyo  a months ago


  • Electric Cosmo
    Electric Cosmo  a months ago

    It’s just like making music

  • Hugh Jass
    Hugh Jass  a months ago

    Vox can make some nice content when it isn’t being tied to social issues and politics

  • Comment 200
    Comment 200  a months ago +2

    The only down side in working sports production is bottom of the 14th inning on a Saturday baseball game, knowing the Sunday game starts earlier.

  • Jake 24
    Jake 24  a months ago +1

    What about nascar??

  • F.B.I
    F.B.I  a months ago

    Calls the referee the umpire 😂😂

  • Gabriel Aguilar
    Gabriel Aguilar  a months ago


    SPACETOWN  a months ago

    No one cares.

  • Ailan the Bins toy bin fan

    I want to my brothers graduation once and there were airhorns, they said no airhorns but they just had to use them!

  • Ramses CLVIII
    Ramses CLVIII  2 months ago

    awesome video

  • RyanTheRepitle
    RyanTheRepitle  2 months ago

    Why cant Vox just make THIS content...