Sydney, Australia (February 6, 2007)–With time constraints being an even greater challenge than previous years, CBS Television City once again turned to Fairlight for around-the-clock audio mixing of the numerous Super Bowl XLI promos. In early 2006, CBS Television City purchased two Fairlight Constellation-XT consoles, and recently purchased a third Constellation-XT with the option of upgrading to an FPGA-driven DREAM II Constellation-XT in the future.
The CBS Television City team was busy mixing audio for up to 120 CBS promos per day during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLI, held on February 4. This year posed a slightly different challenge: The commercials this year included preview footage from upcoming episodes, so they had to wait until that material was completed to begin mixing the spots.
“Timing is everything in our line of work,” said Jeff Ross, audio mixer, CBS Television City. “Any downtime affects our whole department, and if one room shuts down all the content gets bumped to another finishing audio suite and bottlenecks production. That’s obviously something we can’t afford to endure when preparing for the Super Bowl, which is our biggest event of the year.”
Since installing the first two Constellation-XT’s, CBS Television City has benefited from the stability and speed that is characteristic of all Fairlight products. “For short-form audio mixing it’s so important that the technology be as ergonomic as possible, because we mix so many spots in a given day,” Ross said.
Additionally, the customizable design of the Constellation-XT allowed CBS Television City to set up macros specific to their needs. “Previously all macros had to be programmed through a computer interface, but the Constellation-XT enables us to customize our own presets simply with the touch of a few buttons,” Ross added. “This capability has impacted our day-to-day workflow, allowing us to maximize our project velocity and consequently our project volume.”