NFL Fox Mixer Relies on Sennheiser Mics

Dec 19, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Michael Del Tufo, senior audio mixer for the NFL on FOX's studio shows, is using Sennheiser microphones, transmitters and receivers for FOX's NFL coverage since the 1994 football season.

The majority of the in-studio banter between hosts James Brown, NFL alumni Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson is captured with Sennheiser MKE 2 sub-miniature lavalier mics; their small frame allow Del Tufo to easily hide them on FOX's on-air talent. "We hide the mics on our guys, which is the unique thing about our show," Del Tufo said. "So we need a mic that can be put under clothing and sound like it's out in the open. The MKE 2 does the job and sounds totally natural."

Del Tufo also relies on the Sennheiser Evolution E 835 to handle on-field interviews; he said that capturing high-fidelity sound is no cakewalk with the screaming fans and hustle and bustle of the sidelines. "It is the best interview mic ever made," he said. "I use them for all the interviews in loud stadiums. I use them for Terry Bradshaw's interviews on the field or in the locker room."

It was during FOX's coverage of the 2000 NFC Championship game that Del Tufo appreciated the sonic clarity afforded by the E 835: Terry Bradshaw, interviewing the victorious coach of the New York Giants, Jim Fasell, talked away with the mic pointed directly at Fasell instead of himself. Still, the E 835 picked up crystal clear audio from Bradshaw. According to Del Tufo, "It was amazing; you wouldn't even know that Bradshaw wasn't on the mic."

Regarding RF interference, Del Tufo can place his Sennheiser SK 50 and SK 250 body pack transmitters, and EM 1046 and EM 3032 receivers up to 100 yards apart. "We use the RF for on-field interviews, and I have to firmly believe it will work since I don't have a chance to hear it before air time," commented Del Tufo. "And 99 percent of the time, they do!"

A three-time Emmy Award winner, Del Tufo has mixed audio for FOX Sports' NFL coverage for the past four years, including all of FOX's pre-game, halftime and post-game NFL shows, as well as on-location shows for the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

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