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Shure Microflex Microphones Give Voice to Contestants on NBC‘s “1 vs. 100”

NILES, IL–Described variously by television critics as a “tense battle of brains and guts”, and “mindless entertainment you don’t have to be ashamed of getting sucked into”, if anything is certain about NBC’s “1 vs. 100″, it’s that there are probably more contestants on the set than at any other time in game show history. Every contestant must be heard in the proceedings, of course, and to that end, Shure may just emerge as the series’ most consistent winner thanks to its contribution of 100 Microflex microphones for use onscreen by the show’s “mob”.

For those unfamiliar with the concept behind “1 vs. 100″, perhaps a little explanation is in order before we dive into this any further: As you may have already guessed based upon the show’s name, the “mob” referenced here numbers 100 in total. This group can be comprised of geniuses, valedictorians, models, grandmas, and legendary champs from other game shows. The “1″ in “1 vs. 100″ is the solitary contestant that stands before this eclectic group. He or she must answer a multiple-choice trivia question, as must members of the “mob”. If the former gets the question right, they stay in the game. Each member of the mob that gets the question wrong is eliminated from the game, and the cash prize goes up for the opposing solitary player. If the player eliminates all 100 members of the mob, they go home with $1 million. If he or she answers a question wrong, they leave with nothing and the remaining mob members split the player’s jackpot earnings up to that point.

“Nothing is certain when it comes to the outcome of this contest,” notes Gary Vahling of Burbank-based Audio Specialties, the sound-for-television firm that replaced 100 existing mics on the show with the same number of Shure MX412D/S models. “But it’s our job to bring consistent, premium-quality sound to the production. The Shure MX Series microphones we chose provide us with accurate reproduction and wide frequency response, all of which give us a range of flexibility that complements each mic’s fully-adjustable gooseneck.”

Outfitted with a 12-inch gooseneck rising from a desktop base, each MX mic on the show came to the “1 vs. 100″ set with a 10-foot cable, its own logic functions, programmable switch, LED indicator, and snap-fit windscreen. Part of the secret of the flexibility inherent in each is its ability to be used with interchangeable cartridges available in cardioid, supercardioid, and omnidirectional patterns.

“We’re getting a lot more than reliability and performance from these mics too,” Vahling adds. “Their slim profile is ideal for on-camera use, you can hardly see they are there at all. That’s extremely important within this application, because we have 100 of them out there all the time, sitting right in front of each member of the mob.”

“1 vs. 100″ is an international phenomenon. Presently it is a hit in Sweden, Belgium, Holland (where it originated), Germany, Argentina, and Portugal, and was recently sold to the BBC for prime time airing. In the US, the series is produced by Endemol USA and hosted by comedian Bob Saget.

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