BOOTING UP YOUR AUDIO APP
It’s a handy thing that a soccer field is the same shape as an iPad. Calrec will soon launch its patented Soccer Sidekick iPad app, an assistive audio mixing tool designed to simplify the job of tracking the on-field audio during a soccer game. One of the many tasks the audio operator must manage is the capture of all of the important on-pitch events while minimizing the amount of crowd and venue noise. The operator needs to be on the ball – no pun intended, but we’ll take it – fading up only the most appropriate field microphones for that moment in time. Soccer Sidekick provides a more intuitive and straightforward interface to assist the operator in this task. After defining the position and direction of the pitch microphones around an aerial image of a pitch on the display, the operator simply touches the corresponding area on the screen to indicate one or more locations of interest. The Soccer Sidekick then calculates the optimal contribution from each microphone to best capture events at those locations and moves the appropriate faders on the desk. The operator can take over control of the faders manually at any time, maintaining complete control – or they can kick back, grab a beer and a hot dog, and watch the footy… keeping one finger free for the iPad, of course.
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