Introducing a vuvuzela-free World Cup

2010-06-17 14:42

A French cable TV channel is offering vuvuzela-free broadcasts for

all matches at the World Cup, using frequency-separating technology to block out

the trumpets’ buzzing drone while letting other sounds come through.

Canal+ TV says the system was first tested on Tuesday. Cyrille

Linette, the TV’s head of sport, says the sound was “nearly perfect” for when

Argentina beat South Korea 4-1 yesterday.

The technology, based on splitting frequencies, reduces the

vuvuzelas’ buzz but allows other crowd noises and commentators’ voices to be

heard. It is developed by Audionamix, which works on sound effects for the

cinema industry.

The company that provides the broadcast feed for the World Cup has

doubled its audio filters to reduce the buzz.

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