Sydney, Australia (May 2, 2008)–Fairlight has announced two major sales of its large format Constellation mixing console in Asia. Japanese broadcaster NHK has taken delivery of a 600-channel system and China Central Television (CCTV), host broadcaster of the Beijing Olympic Games, has purchased two Constellations.
NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories (NHK STRL) center recently took delivery of a custom 600-channel Constellation system to support the development of its three-dimensional surround sound system. The unique surround sound format is deployed as part of NHK STRL’s Ultra High Vision (UHDTV) TV format, which features 22.2 speaker placements in conjunction with super high-resolution video.
The massive Constellation system is configured with three of Fairlight’s CC-1 engines. Using latest generation FPGA technology each engine is capable of delivering in excess of 200 audio channels. Every channel in the system is supported with a full complement of audio processing. A specially designed three-dimensional panning system provides automated panning control in three dimensions to provide precise placement of audio within the 22.2 soundfield.
CCTV, the largest national TV network in China, is building a new broadcasting campus in Beijing and has purchased two Fairlight Constellations powered by the company’s CC-1 engine. The two Constellations will run on Mac hardware and integrate into CCTV’s Dayang media network to deliver an entirely tapeless workflow for both audio and video. The seamless integration with the Dayang servers and media asset management system was a pivotal requirement and was made possible by Fairlight’s integrated video system, file handling capability and open architecture.
JCE Electronic Company of Beijing, Fairlight’s Business Partner for China, coordinated the project.