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Talking "Ringing" mics at the 2012 Oscars?

Any of my fellow Gearslutz in LA? Could someone stop by and get rid of that high frequency? It's making me insane.
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My wife is complaining about it too and she is a pharmacist!
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Yeah, I was just texting with a former Oscar winner in sound editing and he said he couldn't hear it. Maybe they've fixed it.
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nah..still happening...really annoying
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Yeah, I was just texting with a former Oscar winner in sound editing and he said he couldn't hear it. Maybe they've fixed it.
I dunno, how old is he?
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Ha, that could be it! He's in his 40s and judging by the albums he has worked on this year, I am pretty sure his ears haven't gone just yet.
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Really wondering about what it is myself... On my TV speakers it's not so much a high pitch as it is a metallic feedback.

I wonder if they're sending to some outboard gear for the broadcast and it's returning to the board at low volume or something...

Trying to think about what could be causing it because it doesn't seem to matter what mic the person is talking through.

Any other theories?
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Hearing it here as well!
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Well I'm past the 5-0 mark and I can sure as hell hear it. It's driving me nuts too, and I can't figure out why they haven't been able to squelch it yet. Maybe it's some kind of post glitch in the transmission truck that they aren't hearing on site? It almost sounds like a kind of digital feedback...

Damn annoying.
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I hear it too. Over the air HD on the Global Canada feed.

Maybe a poorly set automatic feedback suppressor?

It sounds to me like when you have a telephone hybrid with a mix minus problem. Causing ringing from the voice coming back to you over a telephone line or cell phone. I know that isn't it, but it sounds exactly the same.
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I am hearing it too.

What location & cable system are you all hearing it on?

I am in NJ, and watching on over the air HD.

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Hearing it here too. It reminds me of when a plugin like X-Noise is abused. Perhaps they are using it too much in attempt to clear up the audio?
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This mostly live sound guy here is appalled.

Amateurs in high profile jobs. Lame.
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Yuck, definitely don't think it was audible in the theater or it would have been fixed by now.
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It sounds like some digital conversion issue. My wife is also complaining.
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Or all those Hollywood people are really robots.
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It sounds like two devices clocked at different sample rates and it is driving me out of my skull.
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Funny... I just logged in to ask this very question.

At one point I though I was hearing synth patches
being auditioned... like a mute button was 'leaking'
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The ringing was tied to the podium mic for sure. The low end rumble was pretty bad too.
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So I wasn't going mad... I can't believe no one monitored that and got it fixed. That and the excessive breath blast at the podium mic was intolerable. Maybe if the show had been funny...
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Hmmm, must be on one of the feeds. We watched it here (Los Angeles)on an expensive surround system cranked up and it sounded great. The commercials were incredibly abrasive by comparison.

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Roger Ebert noticed it:
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Los Angeles Time Warner Cable HD broadcast. Heard it here too.
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Still happening during Kimmel too.
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There are sooooooooo many codecs and electronics involved with all the analog to digital to analog it is a wonder that anything sounds good on TV anymore. I only watched a small part of the proceedings but I didn't think the overall sound was as good as it has been in years past. Maybe a different sound company or engineer??? or they were having problems? Maybe it was the satellite up load or some converter somewhere along the line that was having a bad day. Too many places for the signal to get messed up to even think about why or how it happened.
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Definitely sounded like a sample rate problem, coming from that podium mic. My wife even heard it. At first we were looking through the baby's toy box trying to find the one that was beeping. Then we thought it was a cell phone going off in the audience...

Very distracting and I couldn't believe it wasn't fixed almost immediately. Something must have been very broken or someone was very deaf.
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Clean here on Sky Movies HD surround
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It's one of the sounds Codecs make when they are not locked completely. Since I doubt they were using codecs for the sound but satellites instead, that would be my guess. I will try and ask our satellite dude if he heard it and recognized the sound. It was clearly a digital lock kind of error, so it is highly doubtful that it was in the room. The strange thing is that I never heard it on anything but the talk mic. I was pretty involved in a project and only slightly paying attention from the other room though.
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