China's independent TV stations choose Studer digital path
February 15, 2006
As the digital upgrade path sweeps through China’s leading independent television broadcasters, Studer is winning many new contracts for its Vista Series audio broadcast consoles. Most recently, Studer has been asked to supply its digital audio technology to HeBei TV in ShiJiaZhuang City, and to TianJin TV in TianJin City.
Located in ShiJiaZhuang in HeBei province, the HeBei TV station took the decision to upgrade to a digital broadcast console in its largest live studio, used for producing more than 60% of its entertainment programs and all its major live shows. A 32-fader Studer Vista 8 has been chosen to provide the main broadcast signal, primarily because of its revolutionary and powerful Control Bay Vistonics. Within an extremely compact surface, HeBei TV operators now have immediate access to 72 level controls without switching banks or paging.
The whole audio system of the studio was replaced, and the installation of the new Studer Vista 8, together with a Soundcraft MH3 as the PA console for in-studio productions, was undertaken by ACE. Now that the studio is fully operational, HeBei TV is utilising the system to make stereo SD TV programmes.
TianJin TV station has also refurbished its main studio, an 800 sq.m. studio used predominantly for live show productions. When it came to replacing its analog broadcast console with new digital technology, TianJin selected the Studer Vista 6 console. The model they chose is a 40-fader console, equiped with 32 mic and 24 analogue line inputs with a further 24 digital AES/EBU inputs and outputs, installed and commissioned by Studer's distributor ACE.
Ease and speed of use were the dominant criteria for the purchase, and Vista’s operational concept made the transition from the analogue style of operation to digital relatively easy. During the refurbishment, Tianjin TV also upgraded the whole of its video system to High Definition TV, and is now producing all its large-scale productions in stereo HD and SD TV.