Regional Portuguese TV broadcaster RTP Madeira has installed two SSL digital audio consoles as part of a shift to a full digital HD production chain, writes Kevin Hilton.
The Solid State Logic C10 HD compact broadcast desks are installed in two studios producing news and talk shows and music programming respectively to the Madeira archipelago and Azores Islands.
RTP Madeira is part of public service broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) but produces specific programmes for its target audiences that are different from the RTP1 channel for mainland Portugal.
One C10 has been installed in News Studio 1, handling live to air bulletins and reports. The other is in Production Studio 2, which is used for live and as-live recorded chat shows and entertainment productions, including music programmes.
RTP Madeira has recently moved to HD production and transmission. The audio installation is part of this and also includes two XLogic Alpha-Link Live I/O systems and four Alpha-Link 8 RMP eight-channel microphone preamps, which can be controlled from the C10 consoles.
Madeira is 610 miles southwest of Lisbon and has a population of less than 250,000. The Azores archipelago is even further flung, being 930 miles from the Portuguese capital. The two are autonomous regions of Portugal and have TV schedules tailored for them. RTP Madeira, which went on air in 1972, is distributed using cable on Madeira itself, with a satellite feed to the Azores.
Programming for RTP Madeira includes shows about local food and music, as well as news and sport, which focuses on football, professional basketball and surfing.
Antonio Viera, sales manager for SSL's representative in Portugal, AuVid Cientifico, says the C10 HDs were chosen partly because of the constraints of space and budget at RTP Madeira. "The consoles give RTP Madeira the same production features as a large network studio," he comments, "and we were very happy that we did not have to get a digital desk that was really designed for music studios, not for broadcast."