Dubai, UAE (May 10, 2010)--Dubai Media has introduced two new remote OB vans, each outfitted with two 32-fader SSL C100 HDS consoles, as the network moves into HD broadcast.
The C100 HDS consoles primarily support live to air coverage of horse racing at the massive new Meydan Racecourse and other local and international sporting events. The experience with a C100 HD in the main studio helped Dubai Media with its decision to use the C100 HDS consoles in the new vans.
"The new OB trucks were initially commissioned for the new Meydan Racecourse horse racing venue in Dubai," says John Fee, outside broadcast manager for Dubai Media, Inc. "The trucks were outfitted with the latest generation, high end HD equipment, so we needed consoles to match that quality. The C100 HDS consoles were the right size, offering us great system flexibility and an easy learning curve. We have had a good relationship with SSL through the experience we've had with the C100 HD console in our main studio, so continuing this relationship was an easy choice."
The Meydan Racecourse, spread over 76 million sq. ft., is arguably the most expensive track built in history, taking over 34 months to complete at a conservative cost estimate of $1.25 billion. The two OB vans provide live coverage for such international events as the prestigious Dubai World Cup for horse racing, but also events like the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Finals.
"We expect the SSL C100 HDS consoles to run audio for the over 1,400 programming days planned for this year covering all types of sporting events," Fee continues. "The sound quality the C100 HDS delivers is, in a word, perfect, which helps us capture the excitement for live broadcast. As we have Dolby encoding in both vans, the SSL consoles are surround ready when we move into full surround broadcasting of the sporting events."
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