After nearly three seasons of extensive prototype testing of Audio-Technica’s 8.0 microphone concept at MotoGP, the Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Championship, commercial rights holder Dorna Sports SL has decided to make the 8.0 microphone an essential audio component. of its future program broadcasting, which includes ambitious remote production projects.
Located at Dorna Sports’ facilities in Barcelona, Spain, the expansive remote production suite, slated to roll out gradually through the 2024 season, will include a dedicated 7.1.4 / 5.1.4 audio control room designed tailored to mix the received immersive audio. of the track in real time. Audio-Technica 8.0 microphones must be located on the podium, parc fermé, pit lane and key positions around the track.
While the audio control room will remain static, on-track audio acquisition should capture the complex dynamic audio content of the world’s premier motorcycling event while being convenient in terms of setup and failure, as there may be more than twenty GP in the world. every season. Audio-Technica’s 8.0 microphone concept is designed to be lightweight and small enough not only for discreet placement in a playing field, but each of the eight 12mm elements can be removed from the base stand and quickly stowed away in a storage box. Compact housing, allowing rapid deployment by a single operator.
“The continued design and technical feedback we received from the Dorna Sports audio team, which started with a simple 3D printed prototype, was both invaluable and instrumental in our rapid development of Concept 8.0,” says Rodrigo Thomaz, Audio-Technica Project Manager for MotoGP, “and indeed, the teachings gave us confidence to deliver over twenty tracks to the host broadcaster tasked with delivering the World Sports Summer Fortnight in immersive audio from Japan earlier this year.”
The simplicity of the 8.0 microphone concept is also its advantage, as producers and engineers who want to capture immersive audio content in a real-time and fast-paced environment, such as live sports, will have a convenient and simple solution without the additional algorithms. and decoding required in alternative immersive audio capture applications. Besides sports broadcasting, Audio-Technica sees several applications for its new microphone design, especially in concert halls and outdoor festivals.
“As audiences expect and demand a more comprehensive audio experience in their listening environments,” continues Thomaz, “the need for immersive live mixing in real time will only increase. Audio-Technica is well positioned to provide the tools needed to start this immersive signal chain.
Audio-Technica anticipates a market release of its 8.0 microphone in 2022. Full specifications and pricing are expected closer to that time.