Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

New BBC production area supplied by HHB

Halfway between a Network control suite and a direct to air studio, the BBC's new interactive production area (IPA) at Wood Lane is a multi-streaming environment that places high demands on operators and technology alike to deliver the essence of digital TV, viewer choice.
BBC Sound Supervisor Dave Lee was the man charged with finding a control desk that would give him the tools needed to finesse and marshal multiple sources - live and effectively in real time - direct to broadcast. "I needed a versatile transmission desk packed with features, and there was the added pressure that the IPA build had to be achieved within a limited time scale and budget."
Leading audio specialists HHB supplied a Yamaha DM2000 to Lee, who had already identified the desk as a potential solution. "For me there was no alternative in the price range, this is the only desk that handles stereo channels in the way that suited our demands," he added.
The option to create vertical stereo pairs instead of the more typical horizontal pairing proved critical for Lee. "Being able to treat all 24 faders as stereo faders was key, effectively doubling its usability." He said, "And the amount of Digital Sound Processing, the PC screen channel display, and the general feedback from the desk is pretty damn good. I particularly like the dedicated user panels for dynamic control, EQ, delay, auxes and routing, instead of the usual dual-purpose knobs and buttons.
"Compared to other equivalents, the Yamaha presentation is that of a more professional, assignable desk."
The DM2000 was first used in anger for the World Cup where six alternative audio presentations were created alongside four alternative pictures and broadcast simultaneously.
Lee added: "The viewer could chose between combinations like watching the BBC1 match picture with Radio 5 commentary; or split screen with the match in main screen, and rolling highlights in the other, which meant a rolling live sound with audio commentary to match the highlights."
Well pleased with his decision, Dave Lee reports the desk is "performing very well" and that Yamaha have been very supportive throughout. "The more I learn about the Yamaha DM200, the more versatile and comprehensive it becomes," he said.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Firehouse Productions Sets Live Sound Ablaze With Dante Audio-Over-IP Networking
As a sound production company specialising in live events, Firehouse Productions is regularly entrusted with the design, operation and management of c
DPA Helps Glass Animals Achieve A Solid Vocal Sound
Front of House engineer Pete Johnson is "loving" DPA's d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone, which he is using on the current Glass Animals tour. Johnson s
Sound Devices' Wingman App Available For Android
Sound Devices has confirmed that its remote control app, Wingman, is now available for Android. It works with the company's 6-Series line of field mix
The Sound of Silence: The Art of Using Music
We all know how crucial music can be to complimenting your production; indeed without the soundtrack a large chunk of the emotional depth can disappea
Jünger Audio Delivers Loudness Control To Al Jazeera
One of the world's largest news organisations, Al Jazeera, has chosen Jünger Audio's acclaimed loudness management technology to control and regulate
Innovative Services Lead To Sound Growth For 344 Audio
Manchester-based audio design firm, 344 Audio, has launched a new and innovative client-focused software, doubling its yearly revenue and further ceme
GLOOKAST Delivers Live Ingest Control At IBC
GLOOKAST has announced that it will be launching Gloobox LiveOps, a multiviewer-based live ingest control application, at IBC. Gloobox LiveOps allows
sonoVTS Unveil Remote Control App For HDQLINE
sonoVTS will formally launch a new full remote control app for its HDQLINE of broadcast displays at IBC2017, Stand 8.B44. The control app is a graphic
Applications Of System Control
Coherent system control in broadcast brings a number of real operational and commercial advantages. By grouping multi-level actions into a single, sim
Kenro 'Frees The Audio'
Messy and potentially dangerous trailing mic leads are set to become a thing of the past thanks to the cutting edge technology that's driving Saramoni
Audio-Technica & Allen & Heath Float Ferry's Boat
During an extensive tour that will see him play headline shows and festivals across Europe and the US, Bryan Ferry is relying on Audio-Technica AE6100
CallMe Provides Broadcasters With Easy-To-Use Audio Over IP
CallMe is a cloud-based communications platform for audio codecs which handles all the complicated stuff and provides the user with a simple click-and
Boogaloo Radio Broadcasts With Audio-Technica
The only UK radio station based in a pub, Boogaloo Radio takes its name from the Highgate drinking establishment in which it's housed. The Boogaloo pu
Object Based Audio In Broadcast – The Next Challenge
The world of broadcast audio is on the verge of a major revolution, says Peter Poers, Managing Director, Jünger Audio. Numerous "3D Immersive" formats
NUGEN Audio Unveils New Halo Downmix
At NAB 2017, NUGEN Audio unveiled its new Halo Downmix, a highly creative solution for precise downmixing of feature-film and 5.1 mixes to stereo. Hal