In Merging Technologies' largest order in China, Chongqing Broadcasting Group has committed to more than 20 Pyramix DAWs. In addition to the 16 DAWs required for live use on air (two for each station: one for live use, and one for back-up), a further six systems have been purchased to make recordings from the new headquarters' performance hall, and for use in the broadcaster's recording and post-production studios.
The new systems at Chongqing Broadcasting allow for the creation of a tapeless, fully server-based workflow from acquisition to editing, post-production and automation, right through to live on-air playout, storage and archiving. The choice of Merging's systems for the DAWs has also allowed the group to upgrade its core audio and archiving format from the MPEG Layer 2 format used by most Chinese broadcasters to uncompressed PCM stored in broadcast wave format (BWF), which is output on up to eight stereo channels per station by each Pyramix Mykerinos card.
The refit has also resulted in an upgrade of the stations' available storage including the creation of fully automated Dayang backup and storage systems to complement the Guanhu network infrastructure facilitating the on-air systems. The selection of the Pyramix systems was informed by their ability to work reliably with Dayang broadcast and storage systems at other broadcasters across China.
Weishen Xu, president of Merging Asia, commented: "The Chinese radio broadcast industry is entering a period of rapid change, and the new systems at Chongqing Broadcasting Group form a milestone installation, one offering a level of quality to which other stations in the People's Republic will aspire for some time to come. Merging Technologies is proud to play a part in this flagship project."