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Audio-Technica becomes official MotoGP partner

Audio-Technica becomes official MotoGP partner

Audio-Technica becomes official MotoGP partner

Dorna Sport has appointed Audio-Technica as the official microphone services solution provider for MotoGP. Dorna Sport is the commercial rights holder of the MotoGP Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship and its media content and production team has been looking at ways to enhance the quality of its audio delivery, auditioning Audio-Technica solutions at the end of the 2018 season.

The tests proved successful for the Japanese manufacturer and resulted in the purchase of 265 Audio-Technica microphones, headsets and monitoring solutions. This includes 53 track feed microphones, 76 interview and ENG camera microphones, and System 10 2.4GHz wireless microphone solutions for 16 roving ENG cameras. The new 3000 Series handheld wireless systems and Engineered Sound 925 goosenecks with Dante endpoints were supplied for the pre- and post-race press conferences, while 30 BPHS1 headsets were used at the commentary positions. MotoGP teams rely on 72 M60x monitor headphones and E50 in-ear monitors for their live audio feeds.

BP28 and BP28L large-diaphragm shotgun microphones were also employed. ‘We immediately noticed a major step change in track audio acquisition quality when the Audio-Technica shotguns were installed,’ said Daniel Laviña, media technical director at Dorna Sports. ‘With their exceptionally wide frequency response and high SPL threshold, they seem ideally suited to the sound of the race, and we can now have great quality audio continuity between one camera position and the next.’

Audio-Technica’s head of engineering, Kazuhiro Onizuka, is excited by the close R&D opportunities that working with Dorna Sport will present. ‘Working with Dorna at the actual live MotoGP races around the world is a great extension to our research laboratory, and further demonstrates Audio-Technica’s commitment to sports audio broadcasting,’ he said.

Dorna Sport has also reappointed Vislink Technologies as the official RF systems supplier for video communications for MotoGP, including on-board systems. Vislink’s relationship with Dorna dates back to 2002 and has been extended for a further three years.

‘The continuation of our engagement with Dorna is testament to our leadership in live sports broadcasting, and delivering reliable, crystal-clear video to MotoGP fans around the globe,’ commented John Payne, president and COO of Vislink. ‘We are proud to have worked closely with Dorna over the years to develop and incorporate numerous on-board technology innovations that help immerse viewers in this exhilarating sport.’

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