Loudness mixing in live situations

Simon Tuff, BBC technologist, chairs a discussion with leading sound directors and industry experts

Whereas dubbing mixers have precise control over all of the different elements of the sound track, TV sound supervisors have no such luxury. When these guys push open a fader they can never really be sure exactly what’s going to come out of it and they usually only have one chance to get it right.

“With R128, audio compression is now only used as an artistic tool, not a tool to be louder than a competitor.” – Florian Camerer

How do they cope with sport or Saturday night entertainment shows, where the audience or crowd reaction is an unpredictable but integral part of audio mix? In this panel discussion with leading sound directors and industry experts, we learn the secrets of controlling a live mix to meet the EBU R128 loudness specification.