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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GENELEC 8040A MONITORS GIVE BROADCASTERS REASON TO
CHEER DURING WEEKLONG SUPER BOWL FESTIVITIES
— The primary on-air monitors for Fox Sport’s Best Damned
Sports Show Period,
Genelec 8040As delivered a week of pre-game excitement hosted by
Tom Arnold, John Salley and Michael Strahan —
NAB CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 18, 2005
— For the week preceding last month’s Super Bowl, Fox Sports’
Best Damned Sports Show Period broadcast an all-star lineup of music,
celebrities and sports stars, all talking football and sounding great
over the Genelec 8040A broadcast monitors aboard the F&F Productions
mobile truck. Parked on Jacksonville Landing and within sight of the
Alltel Stadium Super Bowl venue, the F&F Productions truck hosted
Bill Kaplan, Audio Crew Chief for Fox Sports Best Damn Sports Show Period.
The special programming ran from Monday through Friday of Super Bowl
week and on the day of the game, as well.
“The challenge to mixing the show was to try to
keep the same feel as we do in the studio,” says Kaplan, who has
been the On-Air Mixer for BDSSP since it debuted in 2001. “But
there’s quite a difference between a couple of hundred people
in the studio audience and the over 7,000 we had in Jacksonville. The
trick was blending the audience microphones into the overall sound field.
The program uses only lavalier microphones, and getting the talent to
cut through what was a much denser-sounding crowd than usual was tricky.”
The Genelec 8040A monitors were key in accomplishing this,
says Kaplan, assuring that the broadcast remained clear as a bell all
week long for appearances by Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Adam Sandler,
Terrel Owens, Dion Sanders, Joe Montana, Emmit Smith and Jerry Rice.
For that same reason, both of F&F Productions’ high-definition
remote trucks have identical Genelec 8040A 5.1 surround setups as their
primary monitoring systems. “They are excellent-sounding speakers
and they’ve become the standard for broadcast audio,” comments
Bill McKechney, Vice President of Engineering for F&F Productions.
“Whether we use them for stereo, as we did for the pre-Super Bowl
broadcasts, or in full 5.1, the Genelec speakers perform incredibly
Adds Kaplan, “The Genelecs don’t color the
sound, and that’s important when you’re mixing a combination
of music and dialog. You always know what you’ll be getting out
of your mix at the other end of the broadcast, and that’s a good
feeling to have when you’re getting ready for the biggest game
of the year.”
Photo File: FOXCREW.JPG
Photo Caption: Pictured are Bill Kaplan (left), Production Audio Mixer
for Fox Digital, and Jeff Cohen of LPC Systems (consultant). Audio control
shown here is a 5.1-ready system in the F&F Productions HDTV Remote
truck, which handled the Fox SportsNet feeds for the 39th Super Bowl
Best Damned Sports Show Period pre-game, six-day broadcast from the
nearby Jacksonville Sports Complex at Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville,
FL, February 1-6, 2005.
Photo File: SHOWTIME.JPG
Photo Caption: Bill Kaplan, Production Audio Mixer for Fox Digital.
Photo File: AUDIOCONT.JPG
Photo Caption: F&F Productions HDTV Remote Truck.
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Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology,
was founded in 1978 and has concentrated its efforts and resources into
the design and manufacturing of active monitoring loudspeakers with
unparalleled sonic accuracy. Genelec has been credited with promoting
the concept of active monitors, a trend in technology that some manufacturers
are just now incorporating into their products. Genelec has a complete
line of active main, mid-field, and near-field monitors for application
in the postproduction, project studio, broadcast, TV, and CD mastering
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—For more information on the complete range of
Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle,
Natick, MA 01760.
Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;