UK: Audio facilities company Total Audio Solutions have completed work on a new television studio for CNET Networks in London, the UK arm of the American tech-orientated on-line publishing company. The studio was built as part of CNET’s new offices, which opened in April, having been constructed within an existing building just off London’s South Bank, writes Anthony Lord.
CNET Networks is the UK’s largest on-line-only publisher, and its new London HQ houses the company’s four UK brands: technology publishing company ZDNet, gamer’s review site GameSpot, IT-related business news service Silicon.com and high-tech and consumer products review web site CNET.co.uk.
“We had some video facilities at the old offices, but they were very limited,” comments Ben Howard, head of video. “The studio installation was a key part of our office move.” When CNET looked for companies that could supply the equipment they would need for the studio, they identified Total Audio Solutions as a company that could not only specify and supply the studio equipment they needed, but also install it. “TAS had done an installation for one of our rivals,” explains Howard, “and when I found that out, I became very interested, because that company had restrictions on their available space and budget that were very similar to ours.”
“We had several requirements which we wanted the studio to fulfil,” explains Howard. “One was versatility: we needed to be able to produce lots of different kinds of video content. We had to do all of this in a fairly small space, and run it with a small technical staff. Finally, we had to do all this on quite a limited budget.”
Audio equipment installed includes a Mackie 1604 VLZ 16-channel audio mixer, Sony UWPX1 radio mic systems with an MB-X6 base unit and ECM70 stereo clip mics, Sennheiser EW300 in-ear monitors, Fostex PM0.4 audio monitors, and an ASL intercom system and talkback microphone.
“Coming up with a system that satisfied all of CNET’s requirements was a challenge,” comments Peter Knowles of Total Audio, “but our operational expertise has allowed us to deliver them a really cost-effective solution that lets them to do everything they need to do. It’s a pleasure to see them up and running.”
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