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TOUR DE FRANCE 2014: Schoeps digital mics enhance coverage

The rapturously received UK stages concluded in grand style on the Mall in central London.

For the first time this year, RF transmission specialist Euro Media Group is deploying Schoeps digital microphones to capture an additional (third) audio channel from the motorbikes it is using to track the riders on the Tour de France (TdF).

In a continuation of its long-running association with the TdF, Euro Media Group is delivering picture and (embedded) audio to France Télévisions, which is responsible for domestic and international feeds, as well as a ‘super-international’ version featuring additional elements such as rider interviews.

“We decided to transmit three audio channels per motorbike for the first time this year in order to have more precise detail in terms of sound,” explains Bruno Gallais, international business development – wireless production facilities at Euro Media Group. “The Schoeps digital shotgun [SuperCMIT] was the one selected after a number of tests conducted at the beginning of the year.”

One Schoeps mic is deployed on each bike. Commenting at the end of the four UK stages, mere minutes before the riders arrived into central London to a rapturous reception from fans lining the Mall, Gallais confirmed that the mics have proven to be “a great addition… we’re very pleased”.

The France Télévisions team handles audio in its own OB facility, with a technical arsenal that includes a Studer Vista console (upgraded to include the FX option) and Dynaudio monitors.

Summing up, Gallais says that it’s a process of small improvements “here and there” when it comes to the audio, rather than radical changes. He also confirms that there are no current plans for a 5.1 mix to be made available.

Main photo: John Pannell