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SVT Adds Fifth Vista 8 Concole

The Swedish state broadcaster Sveriges Television AB (SVT) has taken delivery of its fifth Studer Vista 8 digital audio mixing console.
It has been installed in SVT's flagship live-audience Studio 1 in Stockholm where it is being used on the nation's most popular light entertainment shows.
SVT is a long-time advocate of the Vista Series technology, having purchased its first two Vista 8 consoles in 2005: two more consoles were installed into SVT’s regional facilities in Gothenburg and Umeå last year, supplied by distributor MixRommet.
Although the corporation is keen to maintain a variety of proprietary mixing platforms, when the time came to upgrade the audio facilities in the prestigious Studio 1, after a long evaluation process the team of sound supervisors once again voted in favour of a 52-fader Vista 8 desk.
The 1,000 square metre Studio 1 handles SVT's biggest productions, often with a live studio audience.
Like many other European state-owned broadcasters, SVT is free to sell its production capabilities to other programme makers on the open market, and thus Studio 1 has been used to make Sweden's most popular light entertainment show 'Let's Dance' for Mastiff Productions, aired on the commercial TV4 channel.
Because Studio 1 hosts the major musical productions, such as Junior Eurovision and 'Let's Dance', audio quality is a high priority. Some of SVT's sound supervisors were seeking a particular type of sound, what might be called 'the Swedish sound', punchy and 'phat', drawing on the country's rich tradition of studio recording as well as big pop-rock culture.
SVT's initial feedback to Studer turned into a high-level international evaluation when SVT's counterparts from the BBC joined in the debate.
Gunnar Johansson, the Technical Planning Project Manager, and his team highlighted the value of Studer's Vistonics interface: "Its ease-of-use is especially important when you expect freelance engineers to get to grips with the console in a very short time.
"Vista 8 can easily accommodate two operators, which is much better than those desks which have a central bay and there’s always a war going on.
"The Vista 8’s ability to provide a mix automation system for post-production as well as being able to run a live show was another persuasive factor, appealing to the specific needs of SVT's Studio 1."

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