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Golf Channel upgrades audio desks

International sports broadcaster the Golf Channel is refurbishing its live and post-production operations to HD and 5.1, installing new SSL digital consoles as part of the audio upgrade. The cable network is also using two options for auto mixing of dialogue and surround sound upmixing.

International sports broadcaster the Golf Channel is refurbishing its live and post-production operations to HD and 5.1, installing new SSL digital consoles as part of the audio upgrade. The cable network is also using two options for auto mixing of dialogue and surround sound upmixing. A C100 HDS has been installed in control room PCR1 at Golf Channel’s broadcast centre in Orlando, Florida, with a C10 HD going into voiceover control area PCR3 (pictured). The new desks join a C100 HDS already being used in PCR2, which was upgraded in 2009. All three are connected over a MORSE router to allowing material to be shared between the studios. The PCR1 C100 HDS replaces a C100 HD desk and, according to Ken Botelho, senior director of engineering at the Golf Channel, is part of a plan to give engineers “uniform topology and functionality between the three control rooms”. The broadcaster receives coverage of golf tournaments from around the world, including the European and PGA Tours, and so needed a way to save time on its production schedules, partly because audio feeds are received in different formats from many sources. Also part of the new audio set-up are two SSL Production Assistant features: Dialogue Automix, which provides automation of level control for panel discussion programmes; and 5.1 Upmix, giving both up and down mixing as well as the ability to create consistent surround sound production output. “Having our audio strategy fully in place really enhances our production capability,” comments Botelho. “Once our engineers have programmed in the settings for one of our internal productions, we can take that snapshot and apply it to any of the three consoles. This gives us huge flexibility for scheduling in multiple productions.” www.solidstatelogic.com

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