More audio gear for Sky Studios

UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB's new studio complex is coming into operation, with more facilities due to go into use during this year, writes Kevin Hilton. The purpose-built centre in west London features a large array of audio monitoring equipment, including Wohler units supplied by HHB Communications.
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UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB's new studio complex is coming into operation, with the remainder of the facilities due to go into use during this year, writes Kevin Hilton. The purpose-built centre in west London features a large array of audio monitoring equipment, including Wohler units supplied by HHB Communications. The multi-million pound, eco-friendly Sky Studios building - previously known as Harlequin 1 – houses eight HD, 5.1 TV studios, supported by post-production suites and transmission areas. Five Calrec Audio Apollo consoles were delivered to the site in 2010 and now more ancillary equipment has been installed for aural and technical evaluation. Distribution company HHB has supplied in the region of 370 Genelec loudspeakers and equipment for monitoring audio de-embedding and 3G/HD-SDI streams, along with loudness metering and analysis of Dolby and SMPTE2020 metadata. This includes 98 Wohler AMP2-16V-3G rack-mounted boxes, which are a proportion of 200 of the manufacturer's units being used at Sky Studios. Glensound Electronics and BCD Audio monitors are also being used around the complex (see feature). Sky is broadcasting in HD and now 3D, with surround sound - plus stereo compatible feeds – a major part of the offering. Studio sound control rooms feature Dynaudio 5.1 loudspeaker systems, plus Cedar, Dolby, SoundField and TC Electronic processors. A Sky insider described the Studios centre as "partly operational", with some studios, edit suites and post-production areas still being fitted out. Three studios are reportedly "on-line", while the Sky Sports News facility went on air around Christmas. corporate.sky.comwww.hhb.co.uk

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