Close ☰
Menu ☰

CEDAR Audio cleans up Dancing on Ice

Posted on: Thursday 18th of June 2020

ITV’s award-winning show Dancing on Ice presents several acoustic and noise suppression challenges in getting a great sound for the viewer at home. Needing a large space to house the main ice rink, a training rink, the audience and the rest of the set, the show is shot in a vast hanger of a building on the disused airfield at RAF Bovington. There is minimal acoustic control on the walls, and the ice and video wall (which makes up the whole of the back of the set) present hard surfaces for any sound in the space to bounce off. Sound Supervisor Richard Sillitto of RS Sound told us how he coped with this to create the pristine sound that you hear on TV.

He said, “Fortunately, we have a very controlled PA and foldback system run by the careful hands of Josh Miles of Plus 4, so we can achieve good levels in the room both for the audience and as foldback for the performers on the ice. But despite this, there’s still a fair amount of coloration on the personal mics of the presenters, judges and dancers, and this is combined with background noise from the many fans in the lights and video wall cells around the studio.”

“With all of this unwanted noise there are two tools that are essential to allow us to get clean and tight audio to the viewer at home. We employ two CEDAR DNS 8 Lives to give us 16 mono channels of noise reduction, and these also serve to tame the coloration of the PA on the microphones. Deploying multiple channels of DNS enables us to reduce the noise at source before the channels are combined with other elements, and this gives the most effective results.”

We asked him how he used the noise suppressors in such an environment, and he continued, “I tend to learn the noise floor and then turn the active learning algorithm off so that I’m dealing with a known quantity. This probably doesn’t give the ‘best’ noise reduction in all circumstances, but it keeps the effects of the noise reduction predictable so that I can EQ for what I hear consistently.”

He concluded, “All of this has to happen in real-time without any loss of lip-sync, and in this environment we couldn’t obtain the same quality of results without CEDAR.”

cedaraudio.com

www.rs-sound.co.uk



Latest News & Blog articles

  • Sweet Justice Sound, have recently updated their South-Coast based UK cinematic post facilities to include two new 7.1.4 ATMOS studios designed by The Studio People in consultation with Dolby Laboratories. The larger 30m2 SJ Studio 1 is built around ProTools MTRX with Madi Atmos RMU, running JBLs M2s, LSR708i, and SUB18 (with Crown amps) for […]
  • At the European Championships Munich 2022 from August 11-21 around 4,700 athletes competed in a total of 176 events in the sports of beach volleyball, canoe racing, climbing, athletics, cycling, rowing, table tennis, triathlon, and gymnastics. It was the largest event to be held in Munich’s Olympic Park since the 1972 Olympic Games. EMG was […]
  • The Audio Engineering Society’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, in partnership with global built environment consulting firm Arup, is pleased to announce the Diversity in Audio Scholarship. This scholarship will support underrepresented voices in the industry and provide an opportunity for students to connect with and learn from leaders in the profession. “We are proud to […]
  • Lectrosonics has announced a Radio Frequency Scan Database for those using wireless microphone systems anywhere in the world. The database hosts scans from in .sdf (Wireless Designer scan data file) or .csv (comma separated values – a common standard) formats. These files can be used to populate frequency coordination software for analysis purposes and to […]
  • Italy’s state broadcaster RAI has upgraded the music studio at its Fabrizio Frizzi television studios in Rome. The project has seen the studio add new 5.1 surround and stereo systems, based around Genelec’s ‘The Ones’ three-way coaxial Smart Active Monitors. “This is the centre of production in Rome for TV shows, and the room we […]
  • Legendary amp-maker Marshall recently constructed a world-class recording studio (featured in Resolution V21.5) – boasting a 273 sq m. live room and a 40-channel vintage Neve 8048 mixer – next to their Milton Keynes factory in the UK. The control room has been upgraded with a Quested monitoring system at its heart. “It was like […]
  • German studio specialist Neumann.Berlin has expanded its line of reference-class studio monitors with the KH 150. The bi-amplified, DSP-controlled loudspeaker features the same high-resolution tweeter as all Neumann studio monitors and a newly developed 6.5” woofer with ultra-low distortion and high SPL capability. Despite its rather compact format, the KH 150 surprises with outstanding clarity, […]
  • Engineers sequencing and mastering albums in Dolby Atmos face challenges due to the complexity of applying processing to an entire album, and maintaining proper metadata settings for each song before delivering it to a streaming service. Dolby Atmos Album Assembler works as an add-on to the Dolby Atmos Renderer application, purchased separately via the Dolby […]
Translate »