Dancing Stars (Austria’s version of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing), is currently gearing up for its 10th series, with a DiGiCo SD7T at the helm.
The show is broadcast on ORF eins, Austria’s premier television channel. The broadcaster recently invested in a DiGiCo SD7T for Dancing Stars and other large format shows, installed by Vienna-based TON Eichinger Professional Sound Systems, their long-term business partner.
“We supply the ORF with a wide range of systems, from audio workstations, sync systems, portable audio and video recorders, wireless microphone systems, waterproof audio equipment, windshields and shockmounts, to special solutions for operation at extreme temperatures,” says TON Eichinger’s technical director Othmar Eichinger.
“At a couple of product presentations we showcased the capabilities of DiGiCo mixing systems and the theatre software option to ORF’s leading television sound engineers. They quickly realised that the SD7T would be the perfect, future-proof replacement for the existing pair of digital desks in Studio One, the biggest production space at ORF’s Vienna headquarters.”
Besides Dancing Stars, ORF produces many other big shows in Studio One, for example their own talent show Die große Chance. The installation of the SD7T has lessened the overall workload for the audio production team, making production easier and more user-friendly.
“Any of these large shows can now be instantly recalled from a single session file which contains every setting and all the routing,” says Eichinger. “In addition they can generate a session report directly on the desk, which can be archived and printed on paper, containing comprehensive mixer and snapshot data plus all the information needed for connection to outboard gear, amps, IEMs, microphones and MADI channels.”
“Everybody at the studio is very happy with the decision to invest in DiGiCo and the service we provide them. In particular Tonmeister Gerald Taucher, who told us ‘Through your commitment, the production went off without a hitch! Especially in major live productions, it is important to have a fast and reliable support. This level of service is greatly appreciated.’”