Audio-Technica’s 8.0 microphone will be a core audio component of MotoGP’s new audio remote production concept, which is due to begin operating in during the 2024 season.
The remote production suite will be located at Dorna Sports’ facility in Barcelona, Spain and will include a custom-built 7.1.4 / 5.1.4 dedicated audio control room to mix immersive audio received from the track in real time.
Audio-Technica 8.0 Microphones will be located at the podium, parc fermé, pit lane and key positions around the racetrack.
According to the company, the microphone’s simplicity gives producers and engineers who wish to capture immersive audio content “a practical and uncomplicated solution without the additional algorithms and decoding required in alternative immersive audio capture applications”.
“The ongoing design and technical feedback that we have received from the Dorna Sports audio team, who started out with just a 3D-printed prototype, has been both invaluable and instrumental to our fast development of the 8.0 Concept,” said Rodrigo Thomaz, Audio-Technica project manager for MotoGP.
“The learnings gave us confidence to provide over 20 pieces to the host broadcaster responsible for delivering the summer fortnight of sports around the globe in immersive audio from Japan earlier this year.
“As audiences expect and demand a more encompassing audio experience in their listening environments the need for real-time live immersive mixing is only going to increase. Audio-Technica are well placed to deliver the tools required at the beginning of that immersive signal chain,” added Thomaz.