Described as one of “the most comprehensive users” of Stagetec digital audio technology, Zurich-based TV production service provider tpc has added a CRESCENDO mixing console to its infrastructure – with two more to follow later this year.
The first of these installations features a main mixing desk with 24 fader strips. These may be supplemented as required by one or two additional fader strip units with eight faders each, facilitating a console with up to 40 faders. It is also possible to use one of the smaller fader units as a remote mixer – an option that can be attractive for generating sub-mixes from sports events.
Peter Flückiger, who is responsible for tpc’s outside broadcast technology, explained the thinking behind this approach: “Our three-part CRESCENDO can be operated in all possible combinations. For example, we can use one of the 8-fader units almost as a separate mixer via a fibre optic connection over almost any distance. Or we could combine both small units into a 16-fader mixer and once again we can use it remote from the main console. The variation with eight fader strips in one place plus 32 fader strips in another is also possible. This flexibility allows us to cope with the many differing situations we encounter in our outside broadcasts.”
The tpc console was shipped with a single-mode SFP module which can be changed easily in the future if tpc wishes to use multi-mode cabling. These SFP modules are already in use in many other Stagetec products as standard connections.
Two additional CRESCENDOs – this time specified as normal multi-mode versions – are scheduled to go into operation at the new tpc playout control rooms later this year. tpc will then have a total of 20 consoles at its disposal, making it the second largest user of Stagetec digital equipment after Italian broadcaster RAI.