LiveWire’s chief audio engineer Doug McClement spent the entire month of August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil working on the 2016 Summer Olympics for Olympic Broadcast Systems.
Doug was stationed in a 5.1 control room in the International Broadcast Centre, working in Audio Production Quality Control. He had access to the 5.1 audio mix output from each of the 52 venues, and his team spot-checked the audio for every event. They noted any problems with the mixes, and then notified the head audio engineer in the broadcast truck at the venue so they could make any necessary corrections to their mix. The object was to provide consistent audience and field of play levels for every venue, and to make sure that the signature sound of each sport was being featured for the viewers listeners around the world. It was a great experience working with Peter Mealing from the UK and Ales Koman from Slovenia in APQC. Doug also worked at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but as the chief audio broadcast mixer for the medal ceremonies.