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Let me preface this by saying I'm generally a "sound guy". I've done consulting on some of the top Podcasts, live events for concerts, etc.
Most of the major SC2 events I've viewed, the production value itself has been generally great, along with great casters. Most casters do a superb job. The only complaint I have with them is probably not even their "fault", it's the fault of production.
Generally the casters are calm and collected. Their voices aren't too loud. Casting a play-by-play is undoubtedly hard. Only the best can do it successfully.
Having said that, all casters and production crews for these major events, will you please invest in a simple software compressor? It makes the end-result so much better and we don't have to constantly increase or decrease the volume based on your enthusiasm.
Most have undoubtedly seen (well, heard) when casters are normally talking, then when there's a major battle, they literally scream the action. It's literally 7 TIMES the levels between talking and shouting. This is unique to SC2 casting, it doesn't happen in most other "sports", but when it does, the sound crew relies on sound compression. Think of it as a member of your audience physically sitting next to you. They'd say omg stop yelling in my ear.. lol
Most of the time, sound levels can be adjusted in post-production. In post-production, the "talking" is increased and the shouting is decreased. When it's live, or recorded for a VOD, that isn't done.
Since that can't be done, and for good reason, the only solution is software compression.
Although I could recommend lots of software/hardware solutions, a good explanation of all this is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression
In short, whether you're an amateur or procaster, please use compression because you tend to SHOUT at times. :)
I'm in no way affiliated with the site nor any products but a good guide about hardware/software compressors is at http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/tap011-podcasting-with-software-compressors-vs-hardware-compressors
To clarify, I don't mind when casters "shout" - I only mind when the shouting is more than about twice than normal commentating. Casters shouldn't need to worry about that when they're commentating.
This was ~2 years ago, but check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H_3wlTdjbw. No offence to one of my favorite casters. :) If I were Day I would have fired the sound crew after day 1.
I can't believe the production crews, particularly for major events, don't have very good sound quality. Most often the volume levels of 2 casters isn't even balanced.
/also sends Emperor a piece of apple pie - much better than a cookie.
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