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The sound from the slopes: Sochi 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics commenced last week Friday in the Russian city of Sochi. An event of this scale means big business for the pro audio industry.

The 2014 Winter Olympics commenced last week Friday, with a grand opening ceremony in the Russian city of Sochi. An event of this scale means big business for the pro audio industry and PSNEurope will be reporting on what we can. But, as per the London Games in 2012, details of brands and manufacturers facilitating the sound of Sochi are fairly scarce. What we do know so far, we will share with you here.

Mediagroup has announced that Stagetec and Delec equipment will be deployed at the event. Stagetec’s Aurus, Auratus and Crescendo mixing consoles, Nexus audio network equipment and Delec commentary systems will be featured in the newly built stadiums, OB trucks of participating broadcasters as well as in a major installation for Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR.

Stephan Salzbrenner, managing director at Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup, says: “The demand for high-quality mixing equipment and reliable audio networks is so high that we have sent a number of additional components to Sochi to extend the existing set-up temporarily.”

Global broadcast services provider Bexel, announced that it will be using Lawo’s audio and video-over-IP networking technology. The company says that the system configuration includes “a Lawo mc²56 mixing console and a DALLIS (Digital, Analogue, Line Level Interface System) frame with the analogue I/O linked to the console’s HD Core using Ravenna over a single Cat-5 line.”

Bexel project manager Johnny Pastor, says: “Operators were impressed not only with how good the Lawo consoles sounded, but also with ease of operation.”

Calrec Audio have provided five Artemis Consoles to American-based NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its production of the Games.

NBC Olympics has also purchased multiple CEDAR DNS 8 Live dialogue noise suppressors. CEDAR sales director Clive Osborn says: “We have removed crowd noise, equipment noise, studio noise, and even vuvuzelas to help ensure the highest quality broadcasts from all of these events. NBCOlympics first purchased several DNS1000s from us in 2003 for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and we are delighted that they have now added these DNS 8 Lives to their arsenal in 2014.”

Finally, Funktion-One’s large MST Horns (pictured above) will be playing a crucial role at the bobsleigh track and in the Bolshoi Ice Dome. The ‘Modular Stadium Technology’ is designed for “large, acoustically challenging environments such as arenas and stadia”. The MST horns picked up the Permanent Installation Project of the Year award at the Pro Sound Awards 2013.