Riverside TV builds new studio VENUE

Riverside TV Studios is building a new broadcast studio at its west London facilities, complete with a sound control room featuring an Avid VENUE Profile mixing desk.
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Riverside TV Studios is building a new broadcast studio at its west London facilities, complete with a sound control room featuring an Avid VENUE Profile mixing desk. Studio 2 is being built to meet growing demand for production space and is due to be completed by the end of August. Based in Hammersmith, Riverside TV is part of the Riverside Studios arts centre. Its main broadcast production areas, the 6000 square feet Studio 1 and the smaller 1600 square feet Studio 3, both have fully equipped galleries. In recent years Studio 2 has been used as a four-wall space, with control facilities provided from Studio 1's gallery. It has also doubled as a theatre performance area. Up to 1968 all three studios were run by the BBC. The project to convert Studio 2 into a stand-alone, fully featured TV facility is now underway. The focus of the sound gallery will be an Avid VENUE Profile (product pictured), which will offer 32 mic/line inputs, 16 AES inputs with eight analogue and eight AES outboard hardware inserts on 24 physical banked faders. Also available will be VENUE dynamics and EQ on every channel with third party plug-ins assignable across channels, groups and outputs. Duncan Stewart, technical director of Riverside TV, explains that a floor stage box will allow for an additional 48 mic/line inputs and 32 analogue outputs to be used wherever required in the studio, connected over four BNC cables. Studio 1 features an Avid VENUE D-Show, which was installed in 2006 to replace an aging 48-channel Drake console. Stewart says that at the time Riverside TV was working on a number of music programmes and was familiar with touring desks like the VENUE. "Given a tight budget it seemed a good fit," he comments. "It was very cost effective and band producers could get the broadcast sound they wanted quickly. VENUE's integration with Pro Tools also makes it a doddle to multitrack 64 lines as a session for post-production. It's proven to be equally at home with the entertainment audience shows that have been the bulk of our work more recently, so it made sense to continue with VENUE for us to allow shows to seamlessly transfer between studios and share resources and spares." Stewart "anticipates" that Studio 2 will open again during early September. www.riversidetv.co.uk

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