NBC uses AT815ST to capture dramatic moments at Olympic Winter Games

NBC used Audio-Technica’s AT815ST stereo shotgun microphone for stereo sound capture during the network’s coverage of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, February 10-26, 2006.


NBC used Audio-Technica’s AT815ST stereo shotgun microphone for stereo sound capture during the network’s coverage of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, February 10-26, 2006.

Bob Dixon, manager, sound design for NBC Olympics, explained: “We have a lot of hand-held cameras that get close in to some very dramatic moments. For example, a coach with the skaters as they come off the ice. The drama at those moments is wonderful. An AT815ST on top of the camera gives us a very nice feeling of what is going on. We get to hear their soft-spoken words, but with a sense of place as well. I can’t imagine ever using mono shotgun microphones on hand-held cameras any more. The built-in X-Y converter of the M/S stereo makes using the microphone so simple and easy. It’s a wonderful tool.”

At 14.96" (380.0 mm) in length, Audio-Technica’s AT815ST is engineered for long-distance pickup in broadcasting and film/TV production. The AT815ST features internal matrixing innovations that allow for professional quality stereo audio with or without an external matrix. Its compact, lightweight design is perfect for camera-mount use. The AT815ST also features switchable low-frequency roll-off and independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight condenser elements.

About NBC Olympics
NBC, "America's Olympic Network," owns the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games, television’s most powerful property, through 2012, which includes Torino, Italy in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. In February, NBC Universal presented the 2006 Olympic Winter Games from Torino, Italy (February 10-26, 2006). In August 2004, 203 million viewers watched as the networks of NBC Universal—NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo, and NBC’s HD affiliates—offered a record 1,210 hours of Olympic coverage from Athens. In February 2002, 187 million watched the Salt Lake Olympic Games on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. For additional information, log onto NBCOlympics.com, the Internet's preeminent source for Olympic results, video, photos, news and athlete profiles through the Torino Games. NBCOlympics.com was the only site in the United States featuring competition video of complete runs and routines, real-time results and medal counts for every event, an interactive television viewing guide to help visitors navigate the 418 hours of Olympic programming on the NBC Universal networks, and comprehensive, multimedia-filled profiles on every American Olympian.

About Audio-Technica
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in electro-acoustic design, recognized for high-performance microphones, wireless systems, headphones and other audio equipment. A-T products set quality/durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios and more. Product lines include the critically acclaimed 40 and 30 Series condenser microphones and Artist Elite microphones and wireless systems. A global leader in its field, Audio-Technica is committed to providing superior performance/exceptional value for customers worldwide.