Fame Academy Show hits the high note with B&K.
When BBC reality television programme Fame
Academy decided to have some fun and measure
just how high 23 years old contestant Paris could
sing, they recruited the help of Brüel & Kjær UK
In a sequence entitled "How High Can He Go", shown on Fame
Academy extra on BBC THREE, Greenwich born singer Paris
had to sing as high as he possibly could into a Brüel & Kjær
2260 Investigator Sound Level Meter, in order for a true
measurement to be made of his voice.
The 2260 Investigator, described by presenter Claudia Winkleman
as "some weird equipment" was the ideal choice for the programme.
An uncomplicated user interface with menu-driven software, the
2260 Investigator had to be easy to learn, as time was of the
essence in bringing the idea to the screen without a long period
of training for the user. Who in this case, was the presenter herself,
who not only measured Paris in at 1.775kHz, but also the Academy's
vocal coach David Grant, who only managed to reach a pitch of
1.130kHz on the meter.
"A strange machine
.please don't ask me to explain. Just go
laaaa into it and we'll measure you", explained Claudia Winkleman
to David Grant. Simple, quick, accurate and easy to operate by
one person, the 2260 Investigator proved to be the ideal system
to perform on live television.
With Paris' measurements, safely stored in the 2260 Investigator
system, the show producers decided it was time to hit the streets
of London with the sound level meter and see if any member of
the public could match or surpass the pitch level reached by high
vocal singer Paris. The 2260 Investigator proved a hit, even if
some of the public failed to sing high enough. Completely portable,
lightweight, the system is a fast precise hand-held sound analyser
for on the spot measurements. Highly important, when you are
asking the public to perform to the camera and you want precise
narrow band analysis.
Whatever, your needs, the 2260 Investigator is a powerful combination
for analysing, evaluating and reporting on the fluctuations of ambient
noise, with the ability to measure and log noise levels over a 110dB
dynamic range. Supplied with Basic Sound Analysis Software and
1/3 spectra and statistical distributions, the 2260 Investigator comes
with a host of applications, making it the world's most advanced
palmtop sound evaluation system.
For more information, please contact :-
Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd.
Bedford House, Rutherford, Close, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 2ND. UK
Tel: +44(0) 1438 739000, Fax: +44(0) 1438 739099