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DMX-R100 mixes surround sound at World Cup

Sony’s DMX-R100 digital-mixing console is being used as part of the 2002 World Cup’s global audio-monitoring system in Korea.
The console was specified and purchased by principal World Cup audio consultants Video Sound Services Ltd and supplied by Total Audio Solutions.
The Sony DMX-R100 is at the centre of the Seoul-based Host Broadcast Services main audio-control room and was described by VSS director Robert Edwards as being capable of replicating "high-end user surround sound monitoring and national broadcaster mixes."
The console will be used to monitor seven simultaneous feeds, originating from all 20 World Cup venues and up to four football matches a day, with the discrete audio channels being distributed around the world according to demand from national broadcasters.
The surround monitoring capabilities of the DMX-R100, with pre-programmed set-ups instantly accessible through on-board snap shots, will allow checking of phase coherence in all predicted end-user configurations. Additional instant switching between radio L/R, TVL/R, rear ambience L/R and dedicated centre-channel ball-kick feeds will also be available for general monitoring purposes.
Relying on 25 years of experience in broadcast audio, including sound for high-profile productions such as Sky live soccer and 'Pop Idols', Robert Edwards said: "Traditionally we don’t buy the equipment we use or specify, as the range of work we cover is so broad and technical advances so fast that we almost always hire. However, the Sony DMX-R100 is clearly an exceptional console and buying one provides us with all the functionality we need, including a great sound, a clear and useable control face and highly effective snapshot control – all essential features in a fast moving international sports environment. Also, because the patching’s all internal, it’s a fast and straight forward install."
Although the DMX-R100 is not intended for use in the transmission signal path, the team is aware that if timing errors do occur, the console will be used for corrections using the internal channel delays.
The control room will also serve as a listening point for VIPs, FIFA officials and managers alike and is equipped with a full-range professional monitoring system specified to include earthquake-proof speaker stands.
Sony is not an official supplier to the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.
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