Palo Alto, CA (February 26, 2004)–KVUE in Austin, TX has recently completed the installation of a 96-channel Max Air digital audio mixing console as part of their upgrade to an all-digital station. With Daybreak, a two-hour morning show, and four other separate newscasts each day, the station needed a flexible console that was able to switch quickly between broadcasts and also provide additional input and mixing capabilities for more complex audio requirements, including surround.
Assistant chief engineer Ernie Saldaña has overseen the upgrade. “Our 15 year old analog board was becoming problematic and short of inputs and IFBs, plus we wanted to expand and improve our audio output,” said Saldaña. “Max Air covered all our requirements including additional channels, is all-digital and opens up the possibility of incorporating surround elements into our local shows. It will make a big difference to our broadcasts. It also makes it easier for us to handle ABC’s surround content.”
He continued, “We really liked the simplicity of the wiring, especially the Ethernet connectivity between the surface and the racks, and the way we can place remote mic preamps in the two studios and the newsroom and adjust them from the desk. We are very short of space in the control room and with Max Air we can fit in a full-featured 96-channel surround console with minimal cabling as all the rack electronics are remotely situated in the machine room.”
KVUE (www.kvue.com) is ABC’s local affiliate in Austin, TX, and a Belo Corp. subsidiary.