CMSI solves remote issues at the game of the year
MIAMI, FL — Responding to the desires of the many viewers who have invested in home surround sound systems, CBS decided to offer a high-quality, immersive 5.1 surround sound experience for Super Bowl XLIV. Audio Alchemy, owned by sound designer, mixer and five-time Emmy Award Winner, Dave Smith, provided onsite mixing in Miami for CBS promos, features, and other pre- and in-game elements.
The onsite mixing required special equipment and expertise.
“As one of three audio rooms at the Super Bowl [CBS staff mixers ran the others], we’d be scrambling, from Monday through game time on Sunday,” said Smith. “We’d be mixing the pre-game Jay-Z tease, a re-tease right before the game, a movie trailer-type intro designed to pump up home viewers, the player intros, and several elements, features and bumpers throughout the game.”
“So we needed to line up a trusted on-site ProTools studio provider,” continued Smith. “We’d be designing a custom 5.1 editing studio to exacting specifications with this partner company. Then we’d need to ship it to Miami, test the system, tweak configurations for the remote environment, and prepare for a variety of on-site challenges −all within a tight deadline.”