Innovason Sy80 Handles BBC's Top of the Pops

Feb 20, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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When the BBC decided to revamp Top of the Pops it committed itself to live broadcast and live performances. The new InnovaSON Sy80 digital console (pictured at right) was chosen to handle the highly demanding job of mixing sound for the audience P.A. system plus fold-back for the performing artists.

Live studio sound is being handled by SSE. Mixer Chris Trimby, permanently assigned to the show, explains, "Now it is live to air, the show has changed completely. Previously we would record one band then stop, set-up and record the next. Now of course we have to go directly from one to the next. This meant that we needed more inputs and outputs (because we don't have time to patch) and that's one of the main reasons we decided to use the InnovaSON Sy80."

TOTP used to employ up to five stages to record the show but the new streamlined, live show uses two, occasionally three. In the new configuration the Sy80 offers a number of benefits to the show's producers: turn-around time is accelerated, only one console is required, at just 1.65m wide a great deal of space is saved, configuration and routing is simplified and there is no danger of running out of channels.

Since the all new TOTP went live towards the end of 2003, live acts have included Starsailor, Kings of Leon, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Matt Goss, Graham Lyle, Will Young and Alisha Keys.

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