BBC Commissions its Largest Harman Studer OnAir 3000 Console Deployment

Jan 2, 2013 6:15 PM

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Harman’s Studer reports that it has delivered OnAir 3000 digital audio mixing consoles to the BBC's new W1 Centre, its new headquarters in London. The W1 Centre is now home to all the BBC's national radio networks, as well as a focus for the BBC's national and international news operations, bringing the World Service and the domestic news service together in one venue for the first time.

The transformation of the London HQ includes the creation of 140 acoustic spaces for Radio & Music, News and World Service in the new West One Phase 2, which is 10 stories high. Three years into Harman Studer's contract with the BBC, all facilities have been equipped with different Studer OnAir 3000 frames—with control surfaces ranging from 6-fader for simple self-operated broadcasts up to the largest 36-fader General Purpose studios—with many customized for specific needs.

The OnAir3000s—all modulo types, mounted into desks and using standard faders—have been supplied with a mix of SCore and SCore Live racks.

Nearly 30 of the OnAir 3000s have been installed at the new MediaCityUK broadcast centre in Manchester, for the Corporation's domestic radio services, such as BBC 5 Live, where the first 40-fader consoles were installed.

The new West One Phase 2 facility, which is home to more than 5,000 employees, offers views over the London skyline and the vast open plan double-atrium newsroom, home to 450 staff alone, from the ground floor gallery. In London, the OnAir 3000s have mainly been deployed in GP and self-op studios. A typical layout for a GP studio control room would include the OnAir 3000, VCS dira playout system, BNCS (Broadcast Network Control System) and Delec talkback, with outside sources locally integrated by the Studer console. Since the OnAir 3000 sits downstream from the Delec this can also provide back-up talkback in the event of failure. The facility also contains a Broadcast Bionics PhoneBox system for handling on-air telephone calls and IDS (Intelligent Display System) for displaying clocks and signal lights and controlling TVs and video monitors.

Many consoles are supplemented with RTW TM7 TFT meters configured with software to show electronically the standard BBC PPM ‘moving needle’ ballistics.

Adjacent to a number of studios are 10 journalists’ kiosks known as Voice Points, using OnAir 3000 modules linked to the main studio control desk. Each is equipped with a Studer Editor Module—an extended three-fader module including a subset of monitoring and talkback functionality and buttons for the assignment. Each one has access to a Codec, ISDN, VCS dira! machine, and more.






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