Audio-Technica: capturing the sound of MotoGP™

Audio-Technica solutions began to be rolled-out from the first European race of the 2019 MotoGP™ season

Dorna Sports is delighted to welcome Audio-Technica as official Microphone Services Solution Provider to MotoGP™. After a successful period of testing, Audio-Technica solutions began to be rolled-out from the first European race of the 2019 MotoGP™ season at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España and have since become a vital part of each race weekend.

Established in Tokyo in 1962, Audio-Technica is world leader in high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products. To meet the high demands of capturing the world's fastest motorcycle racing Championship, Dorna has selected 265 Audio-Technica microphones, headsets and monitoring solutions including 53 track feed microphones, 76 interview and ENG camera microphones, as well as Audio-Technica System 10 2.4GHz wireless microphone solutions for 16 roving ENG cameras, ensuring incredible sound quality on- and off-track.

For the demands of the pre- and post-race Press Conferences, Audio-Technica’s new 3000 Series handheld wireless systems and new Engineered Sound 925 modular goosenecks with Dante endpoints are used, while 30 BPHS1 headsets are deployed at various commentary positions. A selection of 72 M60x monitor headphones and E50 in-ear monitors also allow MotoGP™ teams to keep an ear on their live audio feeds, and ‘developed for sports broadcasting’ Audio-Technica BP28 and BP28L large-diaphragm shotgun microphones have also been an instant success.

All of this incredible technology means Audio-Technica brings the best of MotoGP™ to fans across the world.

Head of Global Engineering at Audio-Technica Kazuhiro Onizuka said: “We are delighted that we have been selected as MotoGP’s Microphone Services Solution Provider and that Dorna have deployed such a large number of our broadcast microphones, however, I am particularly excited by the close R&D opportunities that we will be able to work on together. Working with Dorna at the actual live MotoGP races around the world is a great extension to our research laboratory, and further demonstrates Audio-Technica’s commitment to sports audio broadcasting.”

Daniel Laviña, Media Technical Director, Dorna Sports stated: “We immediately noticed a major step change in track audio acquisition quality when the Audio-Technica shotguns were installed. With their exceptionally wide frequency response and high SPL threshold, they seem ideally suited to the sound of the race, and we can now have great quality audio continuity between one camera position and the next.”

That sound of the race gets back on track at Misano from the 13th to 15th September for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.