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About Kevin Cleary

A true audiophile, Kevin Cleary's passion for storytelling through superior sound has been the driving force in his 20-year career in audio production and engineering. From his early experiences in sound production at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City to running sound on countless Broadway musicals and events, he has become an innovator in the craft and science of audio engineering and has created a legacy of innovation for future audio professionals.

Through his work at Cleary Sound, Kevin consults as a senior audio producer for ESPN and has received numerous accolades for his work with live events and live broadcasts, including Sports Emmy® and Eclipse Awards. His stellar work has created outstanding advancements in the televised broadcasts of top-tier broadcast events such as the Indy 500, Wimbledon, British Open, College World Series, the X-Games, and NASCAR®.

Kevin is an enduring member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The DTV Audio Group, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE Local One), and The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), among others. In this capacity, he serves on many working groups within these organizations to continue the advancement of technology in the audio field.

News and Blog

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    ESPN Builds Big Sound for BCS

    “You think that 512 audio channels sounds like a lot, and it is; it’s the first time we’ve ever had that many,” says Cleary. “But think of it in terms of groups of six channels [that is, 5.1 surround], and you begin to see how fast even that many channels can get eaten up.” He […]

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    DTV Audio Group Confab

    ESPN’s audio guru Kevin Cleary sardonically reminded the audience that the spectrum once taken for granted by broadcasters is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to its new consumer-oriented owners, money that even sports broadcasters can’t compete with. “We can’t bid for any of that, and yes, it can go away,” he said. READ FULL […]

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    Stoked! Sound of the X Games Is Nearly as Challenging as the Sports Themselves

    “The X Games is one of my favorite sporting events ever,” Cleary says. “It’s unique, it’s innovative. Some of the things these athletes are doing are so over-the-top and incredible, they are constantly pushing the limits; it’s as cutting-edge as you can get. From a sound point of view it’s tremendously challenging, and we’re always […]

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    More Resources, More Choices for BCS Championship Game Director Derek Mobley

    From the excitement of the crowd to the hits on the field, audio remains an integral part of the viewing experience. “Audio really tells the emotional part of the game,” Cleary explains. “It literally gives you the best seat in the house.” READ FULL ARTICLE

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    Musburger: ‘Bama on brink of dynasty

    “This is really more how we do it for Monday Night Football,” said Kevin Cleary, senior audio producer, ESPN remote production. “These are the kind of effects microphones we array for NFL.” READ FULL ARTICLE

  • Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers - 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game - January 9, 2012

    Seeing and hearing BCS title games goes to new levels

    “Our Remote Operations team is already hard at work setting up the significant infrastructure required to support a game of this stature,” said Chris Calcinari, vice president of ESPN and ABC Sports remote operations. “Every enhancement being put in place is designed to improve the viewer experience; allowing them to see, hear and feel the […]

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    The Granddaddy of Them All, BCS Title Game Get More Sound Than You Can Shake A Stick At

    “This is really more how we do it for Monday Night Football,” says Kevin Cleary, senior audio producer, ESPN remote production. “These are the kind of effects microphones we array for NFL, including the big [Sennheiser MKH] 8070 microphone on the Spidercam, plus the band mics and the additional crowd mics and rear-surround ambient microphones. […]

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    5.1 Becoming De Facto Standard in HD Sports

    “Moving to discrete 5.1 for all of our events is truly daunting,” said Kevin Cleary, ESPN’s senior audio producer. “But the payoff is in giving our viewers much more pristine 5.1 in their living rooms. And make no mistake: There are a lot of people watching with 5.1 surround sound equipment.” READ FULL ARTICLE