The Kuwait Broadcast Service (KBS) has upgraded four of its radio studios by installing new digital mixing consoles, writes Kevin Hilton. The Solid State Logic (SSL) C10 HD desks are part of an overall move to digital production by the broadcaster, which is run by Kuwait's Ministry of Information (MOI). Two of the four consoles are 24-fader, 64-DSP channel models, with one being used for the On-Air First Radio Channel and the other in the On-Air Super Station studio. Both produce live programming that is broadcast by five Radio Kuwait services. Two more C10s feature 16-faders, also with 64-channels of DSP, and are installed in KBS's editing and drama departments. These studios also feature MadiXtreme 64 I/O units to connect the desks to digital audio workstations. All four C10 consoles at KBS have Alpha-Link and 8-RMP analogue mic pre-amps. The engineering director of OB and studios departments at MOI/KBS, Eng. Hameed Khajah, comments, "KBS is in the process of redesigning its studios with newer digital technology and we wanted to have the latest and best equipment to be ready for HD production and 5.1 transmission. The C10 gives us the power to work more efficiently now and is ready to take us into the future with surround production. The C10 fits in perfectly with our move into all digital systems by giving us a powerful platform with robust feature set in a small form factor that is perfect for our re-designed studio control rooms." www.solidstatelogic.com
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.