HARMAN’s Studer Consoles Specified for Olympics Transmission

Jul 9, 2012 3:50 PM

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BBC sound supervisors Gary Clarke (left) and Pete Bridges with the Studer consoles in Potters Bar, UK.

HARMAN announces that the BBC will broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games from the specially built International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park, using seven HARMAN Studer Vista and OnAir consoles, along with a Route 6000 network core. This will enable the BBC to take feeds from 34 participating Olympic Games venues for domestic transmission through its network.

Following a promise to broadcast “every session of every sport every day,” this will amount to some 2,500 hours of TV sports coverage. BBC Sport will field 20 IBC sound technicians, managed by Jon Sweeney, Technical Operations Manager and Richard Morgan, Chief Engineer.

Andrew Hills, Director Product Strategy, Studer, says that the integration of the desks would be carried out by Dega Broadcast Systems, at the same time extending Studer’s relationship with the UK’s state broadcaster that dates back more than a decade.

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide host facilities within the IBC’s space; the design of the BBC space has been a collaborative effort between the broadcaster and Dega, led by project coordinator John Cleaver.

The installation will see the deployment of three 62-fader Vista 9 consoles and a Vista 5 along with three OnAir consoles, comprising two OnAir 3000 consoles and an OnAir 1500. Incoming feeds from the host broadcaster and the BBC’s own studios will be fed to the desks, with the Route 6000 linking all the consoles at the core.

According to Lead Sound Supervisor Pete Bridges, a Vista 9 will form the hub of each of the broadcaster’s three HD and 5.1 production galleries. In addition, an interactive gallery (IPCR) will manage and route 24 separate streams whose destination will be the Internet, Red Button, and other platforms including Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media; these will run in stereo using two OnAir 3000s.

Faced with taking the bundle of host broadcaster’s feeds and folding that into its own programming will involve combining the broadcaster’s own presenters with VT, and incoming HD-SDI video feeds and Outside Source (OS) lines. The OnAir 1500 will provide a microphone submix from the athletics stadium presentation.






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