MTV’s Shawn Hughes (left) and
Kent Ford (right, seated).Toronto, Canada (June 3, 2009)–MTV Canada, a subsidiary of CTV, recently installed a new Lawo mc≤56 digital console during an overhaul of Audio Control Room 1.
The new Lawo mc≤56 console, equipped with 64 faders, 144 DSP channels, a remote microphone stage box, and a DALLIS frame for local I/O with roughly 72 channels of analog I/O capacity, was installed in early April 2009 and placed into service almost immediately afterward. The challenges of upgrading ACR1–the larger of MTV Canada’s two main control rooms–with a new mixing desk were multifold, as Kent Ford, MTV Canada’s audio supervisor, who is responsible for all audio elements pertaining to MTV’s shows, explained.
“ACR1 handles a broad range of production tasks,” notes Ford. “From this room, we mix MTV|Live and The After Show, which encompasses programming for MTV’s The Hills, The City and other big properties. In the process of evaluating mixing systems, we looked very closely at how the console handled stereo–our current production format–and surround sound mixing, which is where we’re headed in the very near future. The mc≤56’s modular design enables the console to be very flexible, making it fast and easy to reconfigure the board for different types of production.”
Shawn Hughes, production engineering manager for CTV – MTV Canada, supervises an engineering team in support of MTV Canada and other CTV clients coming through the Masonic Temple facilities, such as Bravo, Discovery Channel and CTV News. He also serves as the building’s technical producer. “Unlike other CTV facilities,” explained Hughes, “which are primarily news oriented, we’re one of only two production-based facilities for CTV. We handle a wide range of projects and, as a result, we required a console that could readily adapt from broadcast production to music mixing to live programming. The mc≤56 can easily be re-configured for different types of mixing projects and we already have a good number of snapshots that enable us to recall settings for a variety of production tasks.”
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