Paris, France (November 1, 2006)–La Française D’Images, the TV production division of La Française des Jeux, has completed the installation of two new Studer Vista 8 digital audio production consoles at its Paris studios, building on the success of its first 52-channel Vista 8 that was commissioned a year ago.
La Française des Jeux, a state-controlled organization, is responsible for television game shows such as the French National Lottery draws and the European lottery, Euro Millions, now played in nine countries. With payouts of up to €185 million ($235M USD) in the Euro Millions game, levels of security and confidentiality are extremely high; two of the three studios at La Française D’Images are kept exclusively for the lottery draws, housing carefully calibrated equipment that is rarely moved.
In 2005, Studer’s distributor in France, Audiopole, installed a Vista 8 in the largest of the three studios at La Française D’Images. The 2,300-square-foot studio accommodates audiences of up to 250 for the game shows, and is also available for third-party program production. Handling a variety of productions from a spacious audio control room, it was the best venue in which to introduce the Vista 8, which replaced a Studer 963 console.
Richard Perez, the head of sound at La Française D’Images, was so impressed with the performance of the 52-channel console that he ordered two more 32-channel Vista 8 models, enabling him to complete the refurbishment of all three audio control positions. Critically, Audiopole was able to design and implement a facility-wide audio network, set up between the consoles, linking all three studios by optical fiber so that they can share audio using MADI connectivity.
“The action in any one of the three studios can be mixed on any one of the three consoles,” explains Perez. “It takes just a few minutes to switch from one to another, so we can double up on consoles if necessary.”