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Carols Audio Fiasco

December 24th, 2007 at 11:27pm

I don’t know how they managed it or why nobody has bothered to fix it, but the 2UE feed from Carols By Candlelight has been mangled quite badly this year. Everything was fine until “Ding Dong Merrily On High” when the house microphones were turned up and the main microphones seemingly turned down so that the audience participation could be heard. For some reason the arrangement has not changed since…the orchestra is clear, the choir is almost clear, and the audience is very clear…unfortunately the main program audio is an echo.

I was away from a television for most of the night so I didn’t know if this was being replicated on the Nine feed…I got home a short time ago and Nine’s feed is as clear as a bell. I do, therefore, have to wonder why 2UE did not switch over to taking audio straight from Nine’s digital television broadcast.

Normally the 2UE feed of Carols is an excellent way to enjoy the program, sadly this year is not one of them. It’s a real pity.

Good News: It’s not quite an update because I hadn’t actually published this post…but just as I was going to, somebody fixed it. Two hours after the chaos started, it’s fixed. Thank you to whoever fixed it (was it you Leigh?), I can finally listen to it without the television and know I’m actually getting the full quality of the program. Carols By Candlelight on the radio…it’s Christmas for me now!


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  • 1. Frankster  |  December 25th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Hi Sam,

    It may have been a problem with the mix overall as the 2RPH simulcast initially had trouble but that too was fixed. Unless they took 2UE’s feed. It was definitely out of phase for a good while there.

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 25th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Two hours. I’m not sure what happened and I suppose we will never know, it was interesting that the Nine feed was crystal clear though.

    Doesn’t matter…they fixed it eventually, and we all know that I like a good technical hitch, it certainly added a bit of extra fun to the night.

  • 3. Frankster  |  December 25th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Yeah it did – if AM radio stations though aren’t monitoring the mono sum occasionally problems can happen to the point the audio sounds perfectly okay in stereo on their monitors, but the listener gets zero because of the sounds cancelling each other out.


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