HARMAN’s Studer Consoles Specified for Olympics Transmission

Jul 9, 2012 3:50 PM

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photo of International Broadcast Centre (IBC)

The specially built International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park hosts seven HARMAN Studer Vista and OnAir consoles,

In using the Vista 9 for the first time, Bridges notes that the metering will allow fast reconfiguration when dealing with a wide variety of incoming 5.1 OS lines along with commentary and 24 microphone circuits from the studio via Studer’s D21m stage boxes. Other sources to the Vista 9 will include VT and grams. The Vista 9 in the main gallery will provide 16 line inputs, 72 line outputs, and 52 mic inputs (via RELINK sharing) with 112 AES inputs and outputs; the large number of ports result from the number incoming 5.1 sources.

Situated in its own room, the Vista 5 will be used as a backup gallery to the main sound control rooms (SCRs), and will serve as a bypass source, should the main studio suddenly need to be put into bypass to allow a pre-record to take place. “We will use the Vista 5 to pick up the mix, freeing up the Vista 9s to mix the pre-record,” says Bridges, adding that the Vista 9 offers the ability to upmix stereo sources to 5.1 and downmix 5.1 to stereo outputs.

The Route 6000 itself (which can accommodate up to 1,728x1,728 inputs and outputs) will provide 40 line inputs; 40 line outputs; four microphone inputs and two HD-SDI de-embedder/embedder cards.

Finally, use of the Studer RELINK I/O sharing resource will enable the technicians to share mic circuits between all the control desks. “This is a key benefit,” Bridges says. “We can have HD tie lines between the cores of each desk on CAT5, using Studer’s High Density data stream…with 96 bi-directional tie lines to each of the four Vista consoles, sharing the desks’ sources and outputs.”

“One of the realities of an event of this scale is that you are looking at building an entire broadcast centre, not just an OB," Cleaver says. "Our area of expertise is permanent installs and this is as big an installation as we would undertake anywhere. To do so in a temporary building, for use over a 3-week period, and make it work for the number of people who are going to be using it, was certainly challenging. Since this is our domestic Games it needs to be covered more comprehensively; the fact that we have built three full galleries, and provided interaction between them so that the three Vista 9 consoles link and route to each other to allow them to control any of the galleries, is a huge plus for what these mixers do. Without a doubt, this ability at the front end is something the broadcaster had wanted.”

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