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WORLD CUP 2014: The latest from Brazil

Sennheiser mics, Stagetec desks and Community speakers are among the kit bringing all the action to live and broadcast audiences.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup now in full swing – and your correspondent’s team of choice, Algeria, off to a off a predictably terrible start – here’s an update on everything we know, following on from David Davies’ broadcast audio preview feature (parts one, two and three of which are online now).

Host Broadcast Services (HBS), which also provided host broadcast services at the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cups and 2010 World Cup, is using wireless and wired microphones from Sennheiser – including the company’s new Esfera surround microphone system, which it says will “capture the stadium atmosphere as realistically as possible and […] provide the matches with thrilling commentaries and pitchside reports”. (For more on HBS’s plans for Brazil, see part one of our World Cup preview.)

German manufacturer/distributor Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup has supplied equipment to both European and domestic Brazilian broadcasters, including the São Paulo-based SBT (as also reported in PSNEurope’s broadcast audio feature) and EPTV, and tpc (Technology and Production Centre) in Zurich.

EPTV is using an OB van with Stagetec’s CRESCENDO mixing console, NEXUS audio network and a DELEC oratis intercom system, connected to NEXUS via Dante, while tpc has two CRESCENDOs, each with a NEXUS base device.

Onto loudspeakers! Community systems were installed in no less than three World Cup stadia – Mineirão, Arena de São Paulo and Arena Amazonia, in Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Manaus, respectively – by São Paulo-based Soundvision.

The main system configuration in the Mineirão (main picture) comprises twenty-four clusters, each with four or five Community R2 loudspeakers. In total, the system uses 24 Community R2-52s, 24 R2-694s, six R2-94s, four R2-77s and 48 R2-474 loudspeakers. The speakers are fed from processors and amplifiers located in five technical rooms, communicating through CobraNet with D-Link redundancy and BSS-BLU processors.

Pro Sound News (US) also reports that Clear-Com communications equipment is in operation at all stadia that are hosting World Cup matches.

More to come as we have it…