Studer Vista 8 is centrepiece of unique ‘Radio studio on wheels’
December 05, 2005
A 52-fader Studer Vista 8 digital audio console has been installed into BBC Radio & Music's new flagship outside broadcast vehicle, Sound 4.
At nearly 14 metres long, Sound 4 is about as large a vehicle as the European roads will legally carry. On board, the main control room featuring a Studer Vista 8 digital desk takes up the central space, with an apparatus room at one end, and a 5-person capacity fully sound-proofed studio at the other.
The Sound 4 vehicle is the achievement of coachbuilders W.H. Bence and system integrators dB Broadcast. Designed to meet a very tight acoustic specification, several innovative features have been incorporated into the truck's audio facilities. The Vista 8 itself is capable of sliding forwards or backwards some 600mm, enabling producers and engineers working in different programming genres to improve their listening position by adjusting the console's distance from the monitors.
A custom-built switching panel controls the cross points on the desk, routing them to separate outputs for the variety of different recording devices that can be used on the truck. This remote control facility allows changes to be made to patching without disturbing the desk operator.
Studer's Vista 8 can be set up off-line. Operators of the console can configure the desk for any type of programme from a laptop anywhere, even when working at home.