Berlin, Germany (July 18, 2008)--German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) has purchased two Fairlight Constellation digital recording, editing and mixing systems for its audio post production studios.
Established in 2003 from the merger of Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) and Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB), RBB is responsible for the production and broadcast of public radio and television in the German federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg. It is also a member of the consortium of German public broadcasters, ARD, and its Potsdam broadcasting center houses the ARD Digital service.
The Constellation systems, both with Pyxis Track video, MFX options and Crystal Core (CC-1) engines are destined for RBB's studios in Potsdam and Berlin, where they will be used for news, magazine and feature production. The installations will take place during July and August, with both systems expected to be fully operational by the end of the summer.
RBB's project manager Andreas Heese says, "We chose Constellation because our sound engineers had good experiences with our old Fairlight MFX3 systems. However, our specific reason for choosing this system was Fairlight's ability to assist with our new tapeless workflow in news production.
"Fairlight integrates very well in our existing MXF workflow," Heese says. "Other providers of professional audio equipment do not integrate the MXF format or use a different operational pattern. Having the ability to unwrap MXF D10 files does more than make life easier for our operators--it makes it possible."