The presidential debates between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney—the former governor of Massachusetts—have so far not encountered any audio mishaps, says Clear-Com, the voice communication systems provider which is supplying audio for those events.
Two presidential debates have been held Oct. 3 and 16, and a third is scheduled for Oct. 27, and a debate for the vice presidency was held Oct. 11 between Vice President Joe Biden and challenger Sen. Paul Ryan, R.
Clear-Com says its Eclipse Median digital matrix, its HelixNet Partyline intercom systems and its Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom have delivered audio clarity while ensuring no critical communications have been lost at the debates.
With 100 million viewers, broadcaster’s production cues are critical to the debates as is coordination between the director and producer, as well as the producer in the pool broadcast truck, Clear-Com says. Clear-Com’s intercoms interface easily, and have delivered audio clarity as well as ensuring that no critical communications are lost, the company says. In addition, the backstage Eclipse Median frame handles venue communications, while a second and third frame, located in the media pool, allow broadcast and print media management personnel to communicate with the production crew about shot selection, the firm says.
The fourth is positioned at the broadcast truck, and Clear-Com says its primary function is to interface between the venue and the truck’s intercom system, allowing the crew to place a V-Series panel at the pool truck. V-Series panels are also employed in any location connecting to the communications network via panels, Clear-com says.
HelixNet is also integrated with the backstage frame to handle communications and cues for the various technical departments within each debate hall, according to the company. Tempest2400 is being used by crews who need to move throughout the debate hall, such as the stage managers and handlers, in addition to CC-300 and CC-400 headsets, also worn by crew.
Eclipse and HelixNet proved themselves at the summer Olympics and will continue that success during the debates, says Larry Estrin, Clear-Com’s strategic technology specialists handling the wireless coordination and communications for the debates. “Adding Tempest2400 with the Seamless Roaming feature provides an additional wireless element that allows staff required to be in all areas of the venue to move freely without loss of signal or having to change the settings on their BeltStations,” he says.