Switzerland (June 24, 2010)–Chongqing Broadcasting Group has ordered more than 20 Pyramix DAWs with Merging Asia, the Chinese distributor for Swiss manufacturer, Merging Technologies.
The order is part of the broadcasting group’s plan to move its eight radio stations (Music Radio FM 88.1, City Radio FM 93.8, News Traffic Radio FM 95.5, Radio FM 96.8, Economic Radio FM 101.5, and Story Radio FM 103.5) to new headquarters. In addition to the 16 DAWs required for live use on-air (one for live use, and one for backup at each station), a further six systems have been purchased to make recordings from the new headquarters’ performance hall, and for use in the broadcaster’s recording and post production studios.
The new systems at Chongqing Broadcasting allow for a tapeless, fully server-based workflow from acquisition to editing, post production, and automation, through to live on-air playout, storage, and archiving. The choice of Merging’s systems for the DAWs has also allowed the group to upgrade its core audio and archiving format from the lossy MPEG Layer 2 format used by most Chinese broadcasters to uncompressed PCM stored in broadcast wave format (BWF), which is output on up to eight stereo channels per station by each Pyramix’s Mykerinos card.
Most Chinese radio stations have been using compressed audio formats to save storage space, but the refit at Chongqing has also seen an upgrade of the stations’ available storage, on new Dayang servers, along with the creation of fully automated Dayang backup and storage systems to complement the Guanhua network infrastructure providing the on-air systems.