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On the stage

The Champion Stage in the Grand Entry Plaza

The Champion Stage in the Grand Entry Plaza

The pre/post-game stage was demolished and a new air-conditioned booth was constructed by Champion Window Sidingand Patio Rooms of Atlanta. This booth was constructed with sliding glass windows to allow fans to interact with the talent and give a TV-set look and feel. The talk table was built by Omnirax and the equipment is similar to the travel equipment with a few exceptions.

The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 is rack-mounted in one of the two SKB 1SKB19-R1010 Roto GigRigs. We chose these racks for the portability of removing them during the off season. Loaded below the mixer is an Aphex 320D Compellor to provide overall control of the audio back to the station. There are two AirTools Voice Processor 2xs processing four Electro-Voice RE27 for the talent, and a Lectrosonics VRMWB venue receiver with three VRS modules: two for field reporters and one tuned to the IFB frequency of the broadcast booth's IFB. Below that is a Lectrosonics IFBT4 IFB transmitter, a Denon DNC640 CD player, and a Tascam TU690 AM/FM rackmount receiver. The second GigRig has two computers for the three 50” LCD TVs, and a Crown CTS-4200 to power two Klipsch AW-650 waterproof speakers mounted outside the stage and two JBL C2PS Control 2P speakers for inside the stage.

The play-by-play position with custom cough/headphone box and instant replay monitor

The play-by-play position with custom cough/headphone box and instant replay monitor

The stage has four dry pairs from the booth and a backup ISDN line. We have the ISDN line split between the stage and the Chop House where our sister stations broadcast before some of the games. We use the first dry pair for program out of the Aphex Compellor and the second as IFB from the station via one of the channels off the APT WorldNet Oslo T1 multiplexer. One of the pairs is used as a POTS line off the FXO card of the Oslo, which gives the board operator a direct line to the main studio at the station. The last pair is used for Ethernet data by utilizing a pair of 110VDSLEXT Ethernet extenders to transmit and receive Ethernet from the cable modem in the booth giving the talent and operator at the stage Internet connections.

Stadium dry pair feeds

Stadium dry pair feeds

Equipment List

AirTools Voice Processor 2x
Aphex Compellor 320D
APT WorldNet Oslo
Broadcast Tools SS 16.4
Crown CTS-4200
Denon DNC640
Electro-Voice RE-27
JBL C2PS Control 2P
Klipsch AW-650
Lectrosonics HM plug, IFBT4, R1a, SMQV, VRMWB
Mackie 1642-VLZ3, Onyx 24.4
Marantz PMD-580, PMD-661
Omnirax cabinetry
Presonus HP60
Pro Co Sound Short Stop
Sennheiser HMD 25, MD 421-II, ME 66
SKB 1SKB19-R1010 Roto GigRigs
Sony MDR7505 110VDSLEXT
Tascam TU690
Telos XStream
TransLanTech Sound Ariane Sequel

With wiring changes and installation of additional T1 and ISDN equipment at the studio, the 2010 broadcast season of the Atlanta Braves has gone off without a hitch. It took a lot of folks to pull this off and make it one of the best-sounding sports broadcasts in America.

Lehmuth is engineering manager of Rock100.5, Q100 and 99X, Atlanta.

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