On site at Barrett-Jackson
Technical Manager Bill Kavis was our main contact for getting approval. He forwarded our request to Discovery and is the primary person facilitating our visit. The Barrett-Jackson auction will be aired on Discovery’s Velocity channel all this week, as well as their Canadian affiliates. It takes over 110 crew members to put on this broadcast. About 8 of them are audio specific engineers.
- A1 – Chief Audio Engineer
- A2 – Assistant Audio Engineer
- AU – Audio Utility Person
There are a total of 22 cameras running live feeds for this auction. Each of the camera feeds, as well as the audio lines, arrive at the main production control room (pictured above). A total of 6 main technical broadcast trucks, with an additional 3 support trucks, provide all the coverage for this event.
Pictured above is the main patch panel for the camera and audio feeds coming from the show floor. All of the yellow lines are fiber channel feeds.
CRAS students get hands on experience running the robotic cameras on the showroom floor.
Broadcast audio engineering is just one of the five disciplines taught in the Conservatory’s comprehensive MRP2 audio education program. Students gain an extensive understanding of the important role that communications systems play in broadcast situations. Our education includes hands-on experience with the industry standard RTS line of communications products, including configuration of the system using AZ Edit software.