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I have just been made aware that , on the BeesPlayer commentary, my voice came over far too loud on the microphone for some listeners.
For those of you who were listening in, sorry folks!
The mike did not work properly at the start of the commentary, and , after we had re-set the volume we thought it was ok. We do not have a proper 'sound check ' system, so we asked for texts from listeners to let us know if all was ok. It was not easy to read them all whilst focussing on the commentary, but the ones I could read gave the impression that all sounded fine, though one did say my mike was still a bit quiet!
So, unfortunately, I was blissfully unaware that, for some listeners, I was a bit too deafening,( though one of our blind listeners has just told me it sounded ok)
I hope it did not mar your enjoyment too much, on what was a pulsating evening at Griffin Park.
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Nice one Geoff, it was an exciting match to commentate on I would imagine!
 

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Shame I missed it.

I should imagine that it was very hard to keep quiet during what must have been a very exciting game.

Keep up the good work.
 

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I have just been made aware that , on the BeesPlayer commentary, my voice came over far too loud on the microphone for some listeners.
For those of you who were listening in, sorry folks!
The mike did not work properly at the start of the commentary, and , after we had re-set the volume we thought it was ok. We do not have a proper 'sound check ' system, so we asked for texts from listeners to let us know if all was ok. It was not easy to read them all whilst focussing on the commentary, but the ones I could read gave the impression that all sounded fine, though one did say my mike was still a bit quiet!
So, unfortunately, I was blissfully unaware that, for some listeners, I was a bit too deafening,( though one of our blind listeners has just told me it sounded ok)
I hope it did not mar your enjoyment too much, on what was a pulsating evening at Griffin Park.
Your custom is appreciated!
You are always too loud Geoffrofllol:wave:
 

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Geoff, I think the problem is not the excitement, but that you talk too close to the mike, so that when you do speak quickly and excitedly it becomes unintelligable (sp?).

Do everything the same but move the microphone a few inches further from your mouth and everything will be fine.
 
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Geoff, I think the problem is not the excitement, but that you talk too close to the mike, so that when you do speak quickly and excitedly it becomes unintelligable (sp?).

Do everything the same but move the microphone a few inches further from your mouth and everything will be fine.

Thanks, BizzyBee.
I could easily have put that right, had I been given some feedback telling me of a problem,whilst the commentary was on air.
The feedback by text that I did see during the match gave me the impression that , after the initial technical problem with the mike, all was then sounding ok.
 

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Geoff, your excitement and enthusiasm help to make the commentaries special, but one thing: could you try to resist shouting "goal" until the ball's in the net? It's more than mildly frustrating to think we've scored when we haven't!
 
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Geoff, your excitement and enthusiasm help to make the commentaries special, but one thing: could you try to resist shouting "goal" until the ball's in the net? It's more than mildly frustrating to think we've scored when we haven't!

Yes, I take that on board.
Sometimes, though, from where we sit up in the very cramped press gallery, it really can seem as if we have scored, even when we have not! I guess it is also a bit of me trying to 'will' the ball into the net. But, sorry if it causes frustration. I do apologise whenever that happens!:)
 

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We do seem to have a problem with microphones, whether comentary or interview, the vidio is excellent now but audio is advertised as "near DAB quality" and it ain't, have we not got somebody on the GPG who could advise on the way forward, see what equipment is needed. There have been a number of offers on the GPG in the past to contribute to the cost (me included) if we knew what was needed and howmuch was needed.

On the matter of sound quality I had to sit on the Braymar side for the cup match and noticed how far supperior the tannoy was over there compared to New Road (BAX stand) this is a bit like the final match when the poor buggers in the new road only saw the back of the team we now get the backend of the sound quality.
 
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I agree that the equipment for tannoy, and the Beesplayer/ Blind Scheme commentary leaves a lot to be desired.
Requests for improved equipment have been made before, but, I guess, money was the main problem.
I appreciate that some of you guys pay good money in subscriptions, and are entitled to a good quality service-which us volunteers are keen to give you.
Poor Mark Burridge has to put up with the problem far more than most, because he commentates at every home game( as well as away) and deserves a medal for the way he copes.
I also feel sorry for our blind supporters, who are on a commentary that links up, but does often seem to fail, leaving those poor souls with no proper commentary sometimes, though we usually get something resolved in the end.
They, too deserve better.
 

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I really enjoyed the commentary against Norwich and quite like a bit of shouting when we score. Adds to the atmosphere in my attic room 200 miles from GP. Keep up the good work and fingers crossed for lots more shouting and distortion this season. Just a thought but would it be possible to get someone in at half time, maybe read out some texts, scores, news etc
 
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I really enjoyed the commentary against Norwich and quite like a bit of shouting when we score. Adds to the atmosphere in my attic room 200 miles from GP. Keep up the good work and fingers crossed for lots more shouting and distortion this season. Just a thought but would it be possible to get someone in at half time, maybe read out some texts, scores, news etc

Thank you, Sir!
Glad you really enjoyed it.
I think your idea for half time is a good one. At one time, we used to keep on air for most of the interval, but it is often necessary to take a comfort break, plus get a coffee in the Press Room, and sometimes speak to journalists and reporters of both teams, if possible, to get their feedback.Also, when possible, we like to pop down for a chat with the blind listeners. However, I feel sure that something could be sorted, and I will pass your suggestion on.
 

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anyone remember "Holly Hot Lips" that used to read out lists of things in a sexy voice (I think on Chris Evans' radio show)

Get her to do the half time scores ;)
 

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I really enjoyed the commentary against Norwich and quite like a bit of shouting when we score. Adds to the atmosphere in my attic room 200 miles from GP. Keep up the good work and fingers crossed for lots more shouting and distortion this season. Just a thought but would it be possible to get someone in at half time, maybe read out some texts, scores, news etc

We do read texts throughout the game and attempt to read out every one throughout the match. They are very much appreciated from everyone and the first ones saying "hearing you clearly" are always a relief....

by the way, having read back through the updates thread it as suggested someone text us to mention re Geoff & being too nr his mike...well a text was apparently sent to 07836 501500. The number, which is my own phone, is 07836 501200...I wonder what the actual recipient made of it :D

You can obviously send texts before the match and if you have anything you'd like us to answer we will endeavour to do so....

As Geoff mentions, at half time we just have a bit of a break and (hopefully) take advantage, at away matches, of the delicious spreads we anticipate this season:sorted: :whoateallthepies:
 

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I agree that the equipment for tannoy, and the Beesplayer/ Blind Scheme commentary leaves a lot to be desired.
Requests for improved equipment have been made before, but, I guess, money was the main problem.
I appreciate that some of you guys pay good money in subscriptions, and are entitled to a good quality service-which us volunteers are keen to give you.
Poor Mark Burridge has to put up with the problem far more than most, because he commentates at every home game( as well as away) and deserves a medal for the way he copes.
I also feel sorry for our blind supporters, who are on a commentary that links up, but does often seem to fail, leaving those poor souls with no proper commentary sometimes, though we usually get something resolved in the end.
They, too deserve better.

IMHO our system is as good as any Clubs. The set up for our blind supporters is excellent. Lifeline kindly funded a new state of the art set whereby blind supporters can listen anywhere in the ground (within 150 metres of commentary system). Mark Fuller further improved the system so that our blind/visually impaired supporters can listen to the same commentary as the BeesWorld, now Beesplayer, subscribers. This saves us having to pass a further microphone between ourselves.

As near pioneers of commentary for blind fans at football matches our scheme works well, the only minor hiccup being on Saturday (due to an internal loose wire) but we had a contigency plain in place (as always) and Matt Davis worked tirelessly to get the system (an internal wire problem) ready in time for the second half and it has been in perfect working order again.

Blind supporters have also been able to listen to the Bees commentary at away matches too from the Stadium and it has worked perfectly. This service is available from our end, at away games so if you do know of people who would like to take advantage of this just let either Chris, Matt or myself know.

The days of problems with the technical side are long gone fortunately and more associated with fledgling period that, seemingly, many other clubs also endured.

As for Geoffs "poor me" comment;) I'm sure this was tongue in cheek as the technical side is as good as it gets and I, like all the volunteers, feel very grateful to be involved on match days.

The Beesplayer subscription list is ever growing as far a I know and we see that from the involvement of those taking time to send us texts & other messages on matchdays. Please keep them coming:sorted:
 
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Yes, for the record, I do wish to say that much has been done, and is being done, to improve the Beesplayer and Blind commentary system.Although technical problems did arise, they have, or are , being dealt with and credit must be given to the club,Lifeline( who funded the purchase of new equipment), and guys like Matt Davis and Tony Ashley for this.
Plus, of course, folk like Mark Burridge and Chris Wickham and the other commentators who put so much work into the scheme.
I am told that the club have over 800 Beesplayer subscribers and that they get " very, very few complaints". A proud record indeed. Likewise the Blind Scheme( the second longest-established in the country) provides a much appreciated service to the blind and partially sighted. Indeed, I am told that, after the early problem was rectified on Tuesday, Andy Godfrey described it as a" fantastic reception". The club have also had plenty of e-mails from the blind supporters saying how much they enjoy listening and how great the new system is.The club, rightly, is renowned for its voluntary efforts on behalf of the blind, and long may this continue!
I am told, too, that new microphones are being investigated and , I believe, some listeners comments and suggestions will be taken on board.
The Beesplayer is an extremely valuable source of income to the club, and Brentford FC are keen on promoting it further, so, guys, please subscribe and support it when you can, as it all helps the club survive and prosper!
Good news too, in that the tannoy improvements, following an upgrade,should be sorted in time for the Oldham match.
So, hopefully, Brentford are now becoming great to listen to as well as to watch!:)
 

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Thank you, Sir!
Glad you really enjoyed it.
I think your idea for half time is a good one. At one time, we used to keep on air for most of the interval, but it is often necessary to take a comfort break, plus get a coffee in the Press Room, and sometimes speak to journalists and reporters of both teams, if possible, to get their feedback.Also, when possible, we like to pop down for a chat with the blind listeners. However, I feel sure that something could be sorted, and I will pass your suggestion on.

I remember one game last season when the mike was left open at half time. Listening to Peter Gilham and the crowd was quite good, maybe you could do that until something else is sorted.
 

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Thought the Commentary was fine on Tuesday once you got the mike sorted out at the beginning...I was going to send a text but couldn`t find a pen to jot down the number
Keep up the good work :wave:
 

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Probably a small number of us but for those with macs rather than pcs the Beesplayer service caters for us again. It was good to be back for the Norwich game after a couple of years of having to sit and read the thread without any commentary.

WEB, Markybee, GEOFF all your work is much appreciated.
 

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I was going to send a text but couldn`t find a pen to jot down the number

Any chance of reading the number out slowler so I can write it down.

Are you going to be able to read out Emails again this season. This was done a year or so back for a couple of games but wasn't done again.

WEB, Markybee, GEOFF all your work is much appreciated.

Ditto.

Keep up the good work lads.
 

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Probably a small number of us but for those with macs rather than pcs the Beesplayer service caters for us again. It was good to be back for the Norwich game after a couple of years of having to sit and read the thread without any commentary.

WEB, Markybee, GEOFF all your work is much appreciated.

It also works on Linux now! :bound:
 
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