Systems integrator and Innovason distributor MusicDATA has successfully delivered a major new OB van to Czech Radio in a project that was completed ahead of schedule.
A MusicDATA team of some 15 people worked for two months on the transformation of the VW Crafter, installing the latest digital technology from Innovason. The vehicle will be used by Czech Radio Ceske Budejovice to broadcast some of the Czech Republic’s most prestigious events, such as the Ceske Krumlov International Music Festival, around the world across the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) network.
Inside the vehicle, an EtherSound backbone provides real-time transfer of up to 128 channels with minimal latency and excellent connectivity with other EtherSound devices. An Innovason Eclipse digital console is complete with M.A.R.S., Innovason’s proprietary integrated HD recording system, enabling recording of up to 64 tracks in 48 kHz/24 bit quality. Up to 80 inputs may be connected externally thanks to Innovason’s DioCore stagebox and the latest addition to the Innovason portfolio, the new compact SR-16 remotely controllable EtherSound-enabled mini-stagebox. The SR-16 is also used for the announcer’s connection, while an Auvitran AVM-500 matrix enables a variable connectivity to the EtherSound network as well as a back-up recording via ASIO.
A back-up power supply will ensure full equipment functionality for up to 80 minutes in the event of a power failure.
MusicDATA’s Tomas Ourednicek commented: “Our aim was to build a highly professional OB van that will meet the standards of the most demanding European markets. We were able to draw on our considerable experience of over two decades in building recording studios, OB vans, as well as supplying systems for live television shows or indeed for international broadcasts, such as President Barack Obama’s visit to Prague.”
“Czech Radio certainly didn’t give us any quarter in terms of what they wanted for the van and their expectations of what we could provide,” noted project leader Miroslav Prihoda. “Fortunately, we enjoy a challenge and the result is a particularly pleasant working environment with excellent acoustics and reliable technology. With this project, I think we have set a new quality standard for small OB vans. We’re all delighted with the results of our hard work, as are the clients at Czech Radio.”