Southampton Solent University in the UK has upgraded the intercom in its outside broadcast vehicle to a Trilogy Communications Messenger matrix system. The truck, which also features a 64-channel Soundcraft Vi6 console, is available for commercial hire as well as being used by students of the University's Entertainment Technology group. The Messenger replaces a previous RTS Telex intercom, although Peter Richardson, technician instructor in the Media Technology department, explains that system was used more as part of flyaway packages, with an in-house designed wired set-up employed for the OB truck. "Now we've got the Messenger, intercom is a lot easier," he adds. Also installed in the unit is a Trilogy Mentor XL master reference generator. "Having had extremely positive experiences with Trilogy products over a number of years we chose Trilogy's new Messenger intercom as it offered the university a cost effective investment with a great blend of features, functionality and ease of use," says Sean Lancastle, senior lecturer in Media Technology. Among the broadcasters hiring the 7.5 tonne truck is BBC South. Richardson comments that in these circumstances the University requests that students are taken along to help with rigging and de-rigging, working as runners to gain experience. Among recent projects have been the Glastonbury and Truck festivals. Material is recorded in the OB unit on a 64-channel JoCo MADI system and either mixed on the Vi6 or transferred into a Smart AV Tango-controlled Pro Tools HD workstation at the University. www.solent.ac.ukwww.trilogycomms.com
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