Why Did The Oscars Sound SO Bad?

I’m not sure about your local broadcast, but my audio for the 84th Annual Oscar Ceremony was awful. For me it started at Billy Crystal’s monologue with the feed sounding like a everything was pushed through Avid’s Lo-Fi plugin, and the problems continued throughout the show.

My reality check came after I discovered Oscars Audio Guy (@BarrettTryon) as he heckled from Twitter saying: “We used tin cans this year to offset Billy Crystal in HD,” he wrote. “Anyone have some more string we can borrow for mic cord?” Wired.com ran an article about him as did Tryon’s home town website coloradosprings.com. Tryon commented from Facebook that the Academy wasn’t amused by the spoof as they suspended him and had Twitter yank his account.

UPDATE: The Buzz Continues! Variety has just posted an article online, as did Leslie Shapiro at Sound and Vision Magazine and Barrett was just interviewed by Vanity Fair. Also, a Twitter site has gone up to “free the O…. Audio Guy from Twitter jail.”

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