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Penbo’s World Cup Confidential Day 7

The mind-numbing din of the vuvuzela has set some creative minds to work as some broadcasters experiment with sound technology to block out the noise from the trumpets. Waves Audio, a company in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been working in conjunction with a major television broadcaster to create a system to neutralise vuvuzela noise. “Waves crafted a real-time processing chain consisting of two plugins which proved effective in solving the task at hand: The WNS Waves Noise Suppressor and the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. These two audio plugins together not only reduce the vuvuzela noise, they increase the intelligibility of the game announcers’ play-by-play action and colour commentary.” The BBC has been looking at similar technology. As of last night it had received 554 complaints about the vuvuzelas ruining Martin Tyler’s silky commentary.

—David Penberthy,, June 17, 2010

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