Viacom/MTV goes for Avid audio at HD studio

Viacom International Media Networks is now in production at recently opened facilities in north London, including a HD studio with an audio control room featuring an Avid System 5B.
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Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), parent group of MTV Networks Europe, is now in production at recently opened facilities in its north London broadcast centre, including a HD studio with an audio control room featuring an Avid System 5B. VIMN Studio has already been used on a variety of projects, including live music sessions and the telethon in aid of victims of Hurricane Sandy. The installation of the new HDTV studio, with its vision and sound galleries, and post-production area, including a Pro Tools edit suite, is part of a reorganisation of Viacom's operations in the UK. As part of this the group's joint venture partners, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, are moving to the refurbished studio building in Camden Lock. The new facilities replace two large studios, which featured Calrec T Series digitally controlled desks. Facilities engineer Rob Muir says the aim was to be able to route signals more easily between the different suites and be able to set-up equipment quickly for live broadcasts. Together with regular freelance engineers and MTV staff, Muir evaluated a number of digital audio consoles, before deciding on the Avid (Euphonix) System 5B for the HD studio sound control room and a 5MC in the Pro Tools edit suite. While the two desks work as stand-alone operations they can also be connected through EUCON and Mac interfaces to provide additional capacity. "It's about scalability and future proofing," comments Muir. He adds that there is further integration through file sharing based on the Avid ISIS storage network.


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