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Anthony Atkielski
Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 27, 2012 at 7:08:31 pm

I've heard a lot of people saying that the sound for the Oscars broadcast this year was terrible. I don't watch the Oscars myself, but I'm curious as to whether any audio pros out there saw the broadcast and noticed problems with the sound. Anyone?

I did some searching on the Web for this, and I was surprised to find complaints about sound for previous broadcasts, notably in 2011. You'd think that the Academy would know how to hire competent professionals, so I'm wondering how much of this problem is real and how much of it is just ranting by people who may or may not be specialists.


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Ty Ford
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 27, 2012 at 7:58:10 pm

Hello Anthony and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

I didn't see the entire show, but most of the last half. No problems here, but I watched on OTA TV.

Problems can occur during cable distribution that really do compromise the audio.

Regards,

Ty Ford


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Richard Crowley
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:15:23 pm

I didn't watch, either, but...
1) It is rare for any reasonably-high-profile awards show to air without complaints about the audio mix. It is pretty predictable that audio professionals (or even dilettants) will complain.
2) Even if the sound mix from the auditorium is good, there are plenty of other places to go wrong between there and your TV receiver. And anybody who has done a live show knows a bit about the extra stress caused by the ephemeral nature of the production (and the transmission chain, etc.)
3) All that being said, I have seen reports in other forums of some significant ringing and/or metallic sounds (perhaps re-sampling artifacts?) from last night's show. It suggested transmission/distribution problems to be because they reported that the sound from the commercials didn't have the same problems.


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Eric Toline
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 1:45:26 am

Everyone who felt their Oscar viewing experience was somehow lessened and their lives diminished by the supposed bad sound should write a letter and demand their money back. The website for the letters is: http://www.Iamawhineycomplainingcrybaby.com. or http://www.Ihavenolife.com


Eric


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Noah Kadner
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 2:02:25 am

LOL- I think it's a valid enough question to discuss even if no one here is likely to have an informed answer. Seems like awards shows are more prone to this than say live sports. Wonder why...

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Eric Toline
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 1:47:19 pm

"LOL- I think it's a valid enough question to discuss even if no one here is likely to have an informed answer. Seems like awards shows are more prone to this than say live sports. Wonder why..."

Think about it. There's no live PA from the broadcast booth, only 2-3 commentators mics. A lot easier to control overall.

Eric


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Jordan Wolf
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 2:38:49 am

(Heard from a different audio forum):

"My understanding, from friends in the truck was the network down converting of the 5.1 from the truck to stereo. People listening in 5.1 didn't have the same problems as those listening in stereo... The word from the truck is that they were told of the problem, but their outgoing feeds were fine. There were people trying to fix the problem throughout the broadcast."

- Mac


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Michael Martin
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 4:43:30 am

I watched the oscars and the overall broadcast sounded very very over modulated but I thought that was probably due to the extenders regenerating the signal coming from a splitter that was feeding 4 tvs at the party I was at.

-Michael Martin
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Bob Kessler
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 5:27:10 pm

There was a very strange sound underneath all of the mics whenever someone was speaking, somewhere between a car alarm and a dial tone. Sort of sounded like when you overuse noise reduction. It wasn't loud, but noticeable.

The music was very loud when compared to the singing.

I doubt that the average listener noticed much, but it was enough to drive soundies crazy.

Peace,

Bob
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Jean-Christophe Boulay
Re: Bad sound at the Oscars?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 9:53:58 pm

At least it made for some funny stuff on Twitter: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/02/oscars-audio-guy/

https://twitter.com/#!/OscarsAudioGuy

JC Boulay
Technical Director
Audio Z
Montreal, Canada
http://www.audioz.com


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