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From Russia with Love:  A Look at the Audio Setup for the Medal Ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics

Doug McClement




Tuesday, 22 April 2014


7:00 PM


Ryerson University
RCC 361, Eaton Theatre, 
Communications Building
80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON

Corner of Gould and Church, east of Yonge St (Dundas Subway)

Pre-Meeting "Dutch Treat" dinner 5:00 pm at the Pickle Barrel (corner of Edward and Yonge, just north of Dundas, in the Atrium)

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Doug McClement was hired by Olympic Broadcast Systems to be the broadcast audio mixer for the International feed at the Medals Plaza forthe 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  He will describe the audio setup at that venue using photos and backstage personal video, as well as showing some short segments of the actual medals presentations and concert broadcasts.


Doug was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, where he majored in Marketing and Computer Science.  He covered his tuition by playing in rock bands and working in a stereo store during his college years, while operating a four-track recording studio in his parents’ basement.

After moving to Toronto in 1975, he opened Comfort Sound Studio, recording albums, demos, commercials and doing audio-post for television.   Over the years, the studio expanded to 24 tracks, and became known for recording bands on location, especially live radio broadcasts.    Eventually, a separate set of equipment was installed in a customized truck, and Doug began to concentrate its efforts in live multitrack recording for radio and television.   Doug did hundreds of live FM broadcasts for CHUM-FM, Q107 and CFNY in the 80’s, then became the exclusive concert music engineer for the MuchMusic network from 1984-2000.

Doug sold Comfort Sound in 1994, and started a new company called LiveWire Remote Recorders, which is totally dedicated to location multitrack recording.  LiveWire records concerts, awards shows and major events for television, as well as live radio broadcasts, live albums, webcasts and orchestral film soundtracks.

The LiveWire audio mobile features a 96 track SSL digital console recording onto Protools with full backup, snapshot recall, and 5.1 surround sound mixing.  

Doug has engineered over 4000 remotes since 1978, and has received platinum CD’s for engineering albums by Blue Rodeo and Moxy Fruvous.  He has been nominated for a Gemini/Canadian Screen  Award for Best Sound in a TV Variety Special eleven times, and won that award in 2003, 2011 and 2014 for his mix of the Juno Awards    Doug has recorded dozens of international artists, including U2, AC/DC, Celine Dion, Oscar Peterson, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Ray Vaughan, 50 Cent, The Rolling Stones, Melissa Etheridge, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen, Van Halen, Emmylou Harris, R.E.M, The Police, Neil Young, Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Blues Brothers 2000 soundtrack, Annie Lennox, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Placido Domingo and Lenny Kravitz.

Doug has also mixed the half-time show at Grey Cup for the past 12 years for TSN, done the music mix for Juno Awards for the past 13 years, the MuchMusic Video Awards since 1990, Canada’s Walk of Fame Gala since its inception, and was one of the mixers for the Toronto SARS concert at Downsview Airport in 2003

He has recorded concerts in all ten Canadian provinces, Germany, Spain, Nigeria, Israel, Cyprus, Jamaica, and Kuwait, as well as over twenty-five states in the USA.

Doug was the Charter President of the Toronto Recording Association of Commercial Studios (TRACS), and has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society for over 40 years.

He is also Chairman of the Producing and Engineering Program at The Harris Institute, a music industry vocational school based in downtown Toronto.  He has been an instructor there since 1992, teaching courses in Studio Management, and Production/Engineering.

Doug has been married to Caroline Van Belleghem since 1983, and has two daughters: Megaera, born in 1998, and Molly born in 1999.  Outside of the music industry, his interests include baseball, books, films, and history.  He plays bass in a cover band that performs occasionally in clubs around Toronto.

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