Palo Alto, CA (September 29, 2005)–Starting September off with a musical extravaganza, Poland’s Sopot Festival is an annual event that serves as the country’s largest song festival. Not only was this year TVN’s first time as producer/broadcaster of the event, it also represented the European debut of the company’s new HD broadcast truck, which houses a Euphonix System 5-B mixing console at its core.
Located near the Polish maritime capital of Gdansk, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by forest serves as an outstanding venue for the event, which was broadcast live for three nights–September 2nd through the 4th–by TVN, a leading privately owned television broadcaster in Poland. Delivered in April 2005 and configured for 106 channels with 56 faders, TVN’s new System 5-B utilizes the Phillips Jupiter router control system integrated with Euphonix’ Studio Hub digital audio router.
The setup also includes three Euphonix FT730 FiberTran systems (with a fourth unit on loan specifically for the Sopot Festival), which the OB Truck head audio engineer Tadeusz Krzeminski used to transmit the microphone signals the long distance from the stage to the truck, as well as to return playback signals to the large video screens and the performers throughout each of the three 4-hour broadcasts. Additionally, TVN employs two 56-channel Euphonix FC 726 Digital Format Converters for accommodating 56 pairs of AES digital I/O.
In the truck, chief sound engineer Piotr Brzezinski managed the feeds for the live transmission, sending Dolby Digital encoded ambience and dry 5.1 feeds to the broadcast center in Warsaw for the surround mix. This was Brzezinski’s first show behind a System 5-B, to which he adapted easily. “I was genuinely impressed by the console’s ability to enable one operator so much control over such a large array of signals,” noted Brzezinski.